Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that illiteracy and poverty are the root causes of terrorism, adding by providing non-formal and technical education to illiterate people, country can be saved from the danger of terrorism.

Addressing a capacity-building workshop organised by Literacy & Non Formal Basic Education (L&NFBE) Department with the collaboration of Japanese Development Agency JICA, he said Pakistan was a signatory to various international agreements to address the menace of illiteracy and to increase primary education, especially Education For All (EFA).

At present, there are about 40 million illiterates of different age groups in Punjab out of the population of 90.5 million, he said while claiming the Punjab government was fully aware of this issue and was taking revolutionary steps to address the problem of illiteracy.

Secretary Literacy Punjab Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik said the department has started to implement non-formal education programme and now hopefully the target of literacy campaign would be achieved.

He said that for the first time, EDOs (Literacy) have been sent to Bangladesh and Thailand to study the literacy programme of these countries. Project Advisor JICA Ms Chi Ho Ohashi also spoke on the occasion. The news

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