SRINAGAR: The Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu Wednesday stressed on the need to impart education to children in the state through “unconventional modes” such as performing and fine arts.
Speaking at the ‘Children’s Theatre Festival’ organised here by non-governmental organisation CRY in association with MetLife and Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd, Drabu said the state should adopt the education system followed in other countries and states.
The minister said Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed turbulent times and children were “worst sufferers” of the conflict.
“Now the onus lies on the government and the corporate sector to contribute their bit in providing all the requisite facilities to them for their intellectual and overall growth. The government has already initiated several schemes for the children and is also contemplating to launch new ones as well,” he said.
He said education related to culture and other similar fields should be imparted at the school level. He said he would take up the matter with the concerned authorities.
“A book of child verses would also be compiled so that this rich treasure gets documented in a proper manner and also serves as a referral point to the posterity,” he said.
Drabu complimented the organisers for holding the event.
“It would go a long way in ensuring holistic development of the children as well as creating awareness about the importance of educating the child. Such festivals should also be held in rural and far-flung areas of the state,” he said.
The Minister of State for Social Welfare Asiya Naqash also spoke on the occasion.