Bri­tain helps Pak­istan up­grade youth and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors

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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

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