Programme to educate 73,000 children


Ppi May 10, 2010

QUETTA: Save the Children with financial assistance from the Embassy of the Netherlands launched Balochistan Education Programme in Quetta, Mastung and Qila Abdullah.

The 8.8 million Euros programme will provide access to quality basic education for more than 73,000 children over next five years.

Designed in consultation with the government and local stakeholders, it will be implemented through partner organisations.

"State of education, overall, in Pakistan is far from satisfactory. It is even more concerning in Balochistan, where the total adult literacy rate is 37% with female literacy rate standing even lower at 19%. Balochistan Education Programme will redress issues of access and quality, with particular focus on girls," says Mohammed Qazilbash, Country Director, Save the Children.

The programme aims improve existing infrastructure of 340 schools, benefitting 56,800 existing students and give access to 16,200 new students.

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