Shehzad Roy has made population and family planning the ‘brand ambassador’

KARACHI: From stealing our hearts with his music to winning our bows with his passion for education, Shahzad Roy, it seems, has always tugged at heartstrings.

Today, the philanthropist has become the brand’s honorary ambassador for population and family planning. In a notification, the Ministry of Health Services, Regulation and Co-ordination says: “The reference to the 5th Meeting of the Federal Population Task Force led by the Honorable President of Pakistan, Mr. Shehzad Row, Singer renowned and social activist, was named Honorary Brand Ambassador for Population and Family Planning.

According to a United Nations projection, the population of Pakistan could reach the alarmingly uncontrollable level of 403 million by 2050. It is unimaginable how the government could provide jobs, water, public transport and food to so many people. people in the country, while providing these basic necessities is still a challenge today with a population of 207 million. Roy, with his tireless services to education, is best suited to assist the Prime Minister’s Office in devising population control strategies.

The 45-year-old ageless star was initially only known for her nostalgic love songs, but her legacy has continued through her humanitarian works and service to the education sector. He remained at the forefront of activism for several years.

In 2018, he represented Pakistan at the 61st Session of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. In March 2018 he received his second Sitar-e-Imtiaz.

He received his first Sitar-e-Imtiaz in 2005 for his humanitarian work and excellence in public service. For his organization’s rehabilitation work after the massive earthquake of 2005. Roy has always been very active against child abuse and the endemic cases of child abuse in the country. He is of the opinion that the hitting culture in our society has spread to such a level that the idea has taken root in our minds that problems can only be solved through violence and hitting.

He insists on the creation of a strong child protection unit, under which the police and the departments of health, education and social welfare should work. He believes that when child abuse happens at school or at home, it is less of a public order problem than a societal problem, which is why the Department of Social Welfare must intervene.

As part of a major education sector reform in Sindh, Roy’s Zindegi Trust successfully assisted the provincial government in changing the format of teacher performance appraisal in public primary schools.

There is a Confidential Annual Report (ACR), on the basis of which every government official is evaluated for their performance and given a promotion.

However, the problem is that the ACRs of the police, teachers, doctors and other government employees are similar. This means that a police officer and a teacher are evaluated according to the same generic criteria, notwithstanding the entirely different nature of their work.

Singer, Activist and Founder of Zindagi Trust, Roy has taken up this issue with the Sindh government, and now Sindh is the first province to approve a new teacher performance appraisal format for government primary school teachers, including teachers in the base salary range of nine to 15.

The non-profit Zindagi Trust is now seeking approval for new assessment formats for secondary school and college teachers.

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