Britain helps Pakistan upgrade youth and education sectors
Britain has announced doubling of development aid to Pakistan over the next four years. “The UK has deep family, historic and business ties with Pakistan. That’s why we are committed to Pakistan for the long term, to help millions of people lift themselves out of poverty, and to help Pakistan grow in stability, prosperity and good governance,” British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Adam Thomson said at a briefing on the Pakistan context of the UK review of its overseas aid budget.
He said the financial aid would be mainly directed towards the youth and development of the education sector. The aim is to get over 4 million children into schools, recruiting and training 90,000 new teachers and providing more than 6 million textbooks.
Pakistan is the second largest British aid recipient after Ethiopia. According to an estimate, the annual grant would rise to £446 million a year by 2015. The conditional annual help would, however, depend on the measures that Islamabad takes as Britain eyes consistent reforms in Pakistan with emphasis on education, health, financial inclusion, democracy and governance