Education project planned in four districts of Punjab
LAHORE – The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will launch a pilot project of early childhood education at its 186 selected partner schools in Lahore, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Toba Tek Singh districts.
The purpose of this project is to provide good quality education to students of under age of five years so that they may be developed as self-confident students in their education.
Chairman PEF Qamarul Islam said this while presiding over a meeting with two-member delegation of Department for International Development (DFID) comprising of Senior Education Advisor Barbara Payne and Program Manager Alia Usmani at his office on Wednesday.
He said that location data of all the government and private sector schools in the province had been collected to identity education-deficient areas for opening new partner schools there. He also said that latest information technology had been efficiently exploited for extending free educational facilities to the poor communities at their doorsteps. This has benefited the deserving students to study free and emerge as useful citizens of society, he said.
Managing Director PEF Dr Aneela Salman said that more than three lack educational vouchers had been issued to the needy male and female children in 36 districts to study free of cost in nearby partner schools. Total number of female students in PEF partner schools is 45 per cent. She said that It was satisfying that school partners were also playing the role of community mobilisers to sensitize the local communities to send their children to PEF partner schools.
She also said that PEF has also involved community social organizations (CSOs) in education-promotion in Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Kahn districts through its New School Program. It has developed teachers’ information system and their capacity building is also catered for to improve the overall quality of education in partner schools, she said.