ISLAMABAD: “Today is World Teachers’ Day. On this day and every day, I am grateful to all teachers wherever they are, but especially to those in FATA who invest their time and energy in nurturing a knowledgeable generation full of hope and tolerance. They are role models for their students in spreading love, peace and a positive national identity.”
This was stated by Ignacio Artaza, Country Director UNDP Pakistan on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day on Thursday.
The UNDP Country Director said FATA’s teachers are tirelessly promoting learning and education for human development, peace and stability, often in challenging circumstances. Here and across Pakistan, they are essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, which affirms teacher’s empowerment as a priority in all education and development strategies.
Ignacio Artaza said that UNDP, with the generous support of the European Union and USAID, is committed to investing in the revitalization, stabilization and development of FATA to bring it at par with the rest of Pakistan. We are working with the Government, sister UN agencies, civil society and the private sector to break the vicious cycle of poverty through education and skills development.
“Teachers have a vital role to play as agents of change. We urge our partners to invest in their well-being, skills and professional development, to ensure that Pakistani children have access to quality learning and the highest education standards,” Ignacio Artaza remarked.
“Once again, I thank the teachers of FATA, Pakistan and around the globe. You are inspiring leaders who lay the foundation of a more peaceful world,” the UNDP country director said.