Three schools that were destroyed by terrorists were inaugurated in Swat by Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation & Settlement Authority (PaRRSA) Director General Shahzad Khan Bangash on Tuesday. The schools have been set up with a partnership of USAID and PaRRSA.
The newly constructed schools: Government Secondary School Alamganj, Government Primary School Sheen and Government Primary and Middle School Charbagh are equipped with furniture, libraries, computer labs and science laboratories.
The PaRRSA DG said that 27 educational institutions have so far been constructed in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the partnership programme. He said that of the 27 schools, 18 have been constructed in Swat, three in Buner and six in Dir. Of the 27, 21 have been equipped with furniture and other essential equipment, while rest of the school will be equipped by the end of the year, he said. Bangash added that 117 additional schools are still under-construction, out of which 78 are being constructed in Swat, 13 in Buner, and 25 in Dir.
Malakand Division was worst affected by terrorism as a total of 181 schools were destroyed by militants in the area. A total of 134 schools were blown up in Swat alone, in addition to 17 in Buner, three in Shangla and 26 in Uppar and Lower Dir.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2012.