ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif urged the nation on Friday to focus on learning mathematics and sciences to progress in all spheres and attain a coveted place in the comity of nations.

He was addressing an event on the launch of the first volume by the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science’s publication Volume I – “How maths and science power nations.”, a project by Alif Ailaan.

The Prime Minister said that the future of every nation was based on learning mathematics and sciences and said that ancient civilizations relied on their knowledge, innovated and built cities that were a source of marvel even after thousands of years.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the Muslims of sub- continent rose to the fore due to the efforts of educated scholars and in this regard specially mentioned Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s efforts.

He said Pakistan was now also a member of CERN and its scientists were now bringing a good name to the country.

He said their placement at the world’s leading scientific research center was only possible due to their hard work and commitment to attain higher knowledge.

Prime Minister Sharif said last week he had represented Pakistan at the World Economic Forum at Davos and said the world was getting ready for the fourth industrial revolution and recalled his meeting with Chairman Microsoft Bill Gates and CEO of Ali Baba Jack Ma.

He appreciated the role of famous singer Shehzad Roy, who was present on the occasion for his efforts regarding education in the country.

“For a bright Pakistan, the young generation needs to lead the world markets in all spheres, but this can only be achieved by getting quality education in sciences and mathematics,” he asserted.

The premier said his presence here was to strengthen the vision of his government for a better and brighter Pakistan that occupies a prominent position amongst the comity of nations.

He said his government was endeavoring to improve the condition of the educational institutions and was upgrading all schools in the federal area in order to bring them at par with
those in the modern world.

The Prime Minister directed the Capital Administration Directorate and all provincial governments to benefit from the recommendations of the conference in order to significantly enhance their quality of education.

The first volume was launched by Alif Ailaan, a campaign that seeks to put education at the front and centre of public discourse in Pakistan. The campaign points out that there were 24 million boys and girls out of school, of those children who do go to school, the vast majority receive poor quality education, 45% of government schools were in a dilapidated condition and lack basic facilities.