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Rs 2.25 billion for NWFP education sector
« on: January 01, 2009, 08:31:40 PM »

Rs 2.25 billion for NWFP education sector
Islamabad: The European Commission (EC) has provided an amount of $20 million (equivalent to Rs 2.25 billion) for the NWFP Education Sector Reforms Programme.

The financing agreement for this grant has been signed with the Economic Affairs Division, the Government of Pakistan. The Charge díAffaires of the delegation of the European Commission (EC) to Pakistan, Frank Hess, said on Wednesday that the European Commission was committed to providing support to the education sector in Pakistan and feels that education is the only way to sustainable development.

However, the Commission views with grave concern the unabated spate of bombings of schools in the NWFP. He said the Commission believes that these bombings and ultimatums to school-going girls negate the basic human values and are totally unacceptable.

"We encourage the Government of Pakistan to take all possible measures for ensuring the safety of children and protection of their fundamental right to education," he added. Frank Hess said the grant was provided in the context of the EC-Pakistan Development Co-operation Programme, under which the EC now has current grant commitments to Pakistan totalling over Rs 24.75 billion.The overall objective of the EC's current contribution is to support the NWFP government in implementing the reforms outlined under the Education Sector Plan.

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