Following the initiative launched by the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan aimed at supporting the Education sector in impoverished Pakistani areas, the Emirati project has come to fruition,
resulting in handing over 45 educational projects in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as South Waziristan and Bajaur.
The projects have been implemented, accomplished and finalized according to the predetermined schedule and handed over to local education authorities.
The Director of the Emirati project to assist Pakistan, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli stressed: “The wise leadership of the UAE places utmost importance on humanitarian causes, notably education and poverty, creating a better future for countries and people.”
He also highlighted the challenges facing the education sector in developing countries, adding that His Highness’s keen interest in supporting nations and people’s right to equal education and counseling opportunities stems from his vision in reaching out to deprived communities and enabling them to receive their right to education and information.
“The UAE’s political leadership has always provided support for the education sector in Pakistan on all academic levels, elementary to university, and this support includes all individuals seeking education of both genders,” he affirmed.
Elaborating the details Al Ghafli said there were two kinds of education projects, one dealing with Elementary level education had 43 projects that included the construction, refurbishing and habilitating maintenance of Elementary and secondary schools. The second included 10 projects for the construction of middle schools and a number of higher education and technical education establishments. All projects, with a cost amounting to $2736 million in total, are equipped with the required facilities, and ready for student admission.
The Pakistan project has been the pioneer step for Abdullah Al Ghafli in UAE relief Support, which started on April 19th 2011, inaugurating the first Education support project for a High School, leading one of many other schools, colleges and institutes to follow, and finalizing the 45th project today.
On the subject of Supporting the Education sector, Al Ghafli said: “ Believing in the importance of [it’s] development, as well as supporting and empowering the students through providing the right studying environment, we have distributed 30 thousand schoolbags to schoolgirls and schoolboys coming from families with a low income, as well as orphans in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South Waziristan and Bajaur regions, the schoolbags contain all the necessities the students would need, and has also included booklets containing information on UAE.”
As for the UAE’s role in the UN plan to provide elementary education to all children by 2015, Abdullah stated that the UAE is dedicated to improving basic education all over the world, in alignment with the UAE leadership’s vision of providing a better future for the coming generations.
On their part, a number of Pakistani educators as well as people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South Waziristan and Bajaur regions, lauded the education development initiative of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which has met with great approval, and represents a new phase for residents in rural and tribal regions, as well as an increase in education opportunities and an inclusive education pursuit on all levels from elementary to secondary school and college level. With much gratitude they also hailed the humanitarian initiatives of UAE president in many other sectors including healthcare, road and transportation.