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55 UNICEF-constructed schools inaugurated in KP

Pakistan Daily Times

909 days ago   Article ID# 1536096
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United Nations Children's Fund

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Pakistan Daily Times) - Fifty-five new schools constructed by UNICEF in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with funding from Australia and the Netherlands were inaugurated by Australian High Commissioner Timothy George, Charge d’Affaires of Embassy of Netherlands Sander Janssen and UNICEF representative in Pakistan Dan Rohrmann at a ceremony held at Gari Habibullah on Wednesday.

“Education is an investment in the future of individuals, communities, and the nation,” said Timothy George. “Australia is proud to be supporting UNICEF’s work, in partnership with Pakistan, to reconstruct 149 government primary school in earthquake-affected northern areas of Pakistan for providing thousands of children a safe space in which to continue – or in some cases commence – their education.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Dutch charge d’affaires said, “In any society, children are the future. These new schools are an asset and we believe that quality education for children is necessary for the good future of Pakistan. It is now up to the provincial government to make sure that these schools are properly maintained and that they continue providing quality education.”

UNICEF has constructed seismic resistant state-of-the-art schools in Mansehra district as part of the Pakistan Earthquake Education Programme for children affected by the tragedy in 2005.

With the 55 new schools, 206 of the planned 219 schools in KP have now been completed and handed over to the provincial Education Department. The remaining schools are at differing stages of construction and will be completed by the end of June.

“Education is not only the basic right of every child but also a necessity for national development,” said UNICEF Pakistan representative Dan Rohrmann.

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Updated 909 days ago   Article ID# 1536096

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