PEF is to spent Rs.12b on education promotion during the current fiscal year: Qamar-ul-Islam

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LAHORE, (Online): Chairman PEF Engr. Qamar-ul-Islam Raja said on Sunday that Punjab Education Foundations’ educational partnership with the low-cost private schools has resulted in extending educational opportunities to lakhs of children who would otherwise have been deprived of it for want of resources.
Qamar-ul-Islam Raja said this while addressing the district coordination meeting of schools partners from Rawalpindi, Attock, Bhakkar, Chakwal, Gujrat, Jhelum, Khushab, Mandi Bahauddin, Mianwali and Sargodha at a hotel today. A total of 620 school partners from these districts attended the meeting.
This has also strengthened the partner private schools by helping to improve their educational standards. As a result of it, PEF has emerged as a benevolent source of school education, extending free education to more than two million deserving students, including 45% girls.
Mr. Raja said that different steps have been taken to help improve the educational standards of partner schools. Their teachers are provided different free capacity building opportunities to perform as better teachers.
He told that pilot inclusive education project has been launched in Lahore, Multan, Vehari, Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Jhelum and Attock. Through this project, differently abled children are provided free education in selected partner schools where they study side by side with able-bodied students.
He told that steps have been taken to ensure that every child could be enrolled in school. Ten mobile schools have been opened in vast Cholistan desert to educate the children of nomad families; while more than 6500 students are also enrolled in 76 PEF partner schools in Cholistan area spreading in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar districts, he added.
MD PEF Tariq Mahmood said that a sum of Rs. 12 billion would be spent on education promotion during the current fiscal year. He said that school leadership program and teachers development program have been started to enhance the professional capacity of head teachers and teachers of partner schools. A total of 806 such trainings are planned during 2016-17.
He further said that school partners should also pay attention to infrastructure improvement. PEF has emerged as the symbol of hope and good future for the children as its network of partner schools is available in every Tehsils and district of the province to cater to the needs of the underprivileged students. This has also benefited the girls to study in partner schools, which are near to their homes, he added.