Karachi, 8 September 2015
Center for Communication Programs Pakistan and the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre (SZIC) at the University of Karachi yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the promotion of development communication in Pakistan.
The MoU was signed on behalf of Center by its Executive Director Atif Ikram Butt and on behalf of SZIC by its Director Professor Dr Noor Ahmed Shahtaz, who is also member of the Council of Islamic Ideology.
Center is a sister organisation of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) based in Baltimore, United States, and is dedicated exclusively to the study and practice of development communication. It seeks to use communication to save and improve lives in Pakistan. SZIC was established by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, President of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. It provides teaching and research in Qur’anic and Arabic studies, while at the same time making these studies compatible with new developments in the fields of modern science and technology.
Under the MoU, Center will develop communication courses and also provide on-going lectures series aimed at BS and M.Phil level students at SZIC. The MoU is also an important step forward in engaging religious leaders and institutions in the field of development communications, particularly maternal and child health. “Faith can inspire our communities to improve their health seeking behaviours, particularly in terms of accessing health services in emergencies. We will work with the religious leadership of Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre to encourage communities to help their women and newborns receive the appropriate care, and therefore save lives,” said Center’s Atif Ikram Butt.