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World Bank to extend $9 million support for schools across Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Ministry for Federal Education and Professional Training will give hygiene kits and COVID-related equipments to the schools across the Country, and for this purpose, the World Bank will extend the support of US$ 9 million to the ministry.

It was agreed in a meeting held in Islamabad on Thursday between the Federal Minister for Education, Professional Training and Culture Shafqat Mahmood and the Country Director World Bank Najy Benhassine to discuss the ongoing projects and the future strategy.

The Ministry for Federal Education and Professional Training in collaboration with the World Bank had launched initiatives of Rapid Response Emergency Program (RREP) and Pandemic Response Emergency Program (PREP) and started Tele School TV Channel and Radio School projects to ensure the continuation of learning as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ministry along with edtech partners and in collaboration with UNICEF will also upgrade the digital contents and start a teachers training program on a large scale with the help of technology.

The World Bank is also providing a grant of US$ 250 million to the ministry for the project “Action to Strengthen Performance for inclusive & Responsive Education Program “(ASPIRE) and the ministry would provide 80 percent of the grant to the provinces.

This program will help the Country to address schools disruptions due to COVID-19 by accelerating virtual and distance learning opportunities for out-of-school children particularly among disadvantaged countries.

It helps strengthen coordination among federal and provincial authorities to generate new investments in traditional and alternative education programmes to accelerate recovery.

The World Bank also vowed to provide further assistance to the ministry to work for girls education.

The Country Director World Bank expressed his satisfaction over the implementation of ongoing projects by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training.

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