The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Monday distributed books among students enrolled at evening schools run by the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) in partnership with the private sector.
Books were distributed in a ceremony held at the PEF head office.
PEF managing director Aneela Salman, PEF deputy managing director Salman Anwar Malik, programmes directors Aisha Nauman and Samina Nawaz and JICA project coordinator Abid Gill were present at the occasion.
Speaking at the ceremony, Salman said that evening schooling project was a pilot programme to cater to the education needs of domestic helpers and out of school children including child labourers who could not attend schools in the morning. She said 104 evening schools were currently operational in Lahore and Multan in partnership with the private sector. Salman said the PEF was responsible for covering monthly tuition and providing textbooks to the students. The school management was overseen by the private partners. She said nearly 5,000 students were enrolled at these schools. She said these schools would be upgraded and their network expanded in future. She said with the project the PEF aimed to enable children to continue their education even if they were unable to attend morning schools.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2015.