LAHORE: The provincial government has allocated Rs150 million for construction of 75 schools in Cholistan. These schools would be built under the Literate Cholistan Project and handed over to the Punjab Education Foundation. Under the scheme, furniture and safe drinking water would be provided to schools with these missing facilities. Bahawalpur District Coordination Officer Imran Sikandar Baluch told a school bag distribution ceremony at a PEF partner school in Cholistan that the schools would be built in a year. Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Managing Director Aneela Salman said the PEF had adopted these schools and was paying Rs450 per student to the Cholistan Development Authority. She said textbooks had been provided to 5,258 students. She said the partnership between the PEF and the CDA would greatly benefit students who lacked transport facilities and could not travel to school. She said more schools would be opened in Cholistan where needed so that children had easy access to education. PEF regional directors Syed Naveed Abbas and Shafiq Ahmad were also present.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2014.