PEF en­sures equal ac­cess to school­ing: Tariq

Pakistan Observer - - LAHORE CITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

LA­HORE—The Pun­jab Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (PEF) has achieved many mile­stones of suc­cess by in­tro­duc­ing valu­able in­ter­ven­tions in the school ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. The foun­da­tion has en­cour­aged and helped the pri­vate en­trepreneurs for set­ting up schools in ar­eas where poor­est of the poor dwell so that the kids may study in nearby schools.

This fa­cil­ity has mo­ti­vated the needy com­mu­ni­ties to send their chil­dren to these schools. The ed­u­ca­tion of the needy stu­dents is funded by the PEF so as to save them from the ed­u­ca­tional ex­penses. This has helped the low-in­come fam­i­lies, mostly liv­ing in re­mote and far flung ar­eas, to ac­cess free school­ing fa­cil­ity for their kids.

MD PEF Tariq Mah­mood said this while meet­ing with a nine-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion of De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID) at his of­fice on Wed­nes­day. The DFID del­e­ga­tion was led by Se­nior Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­vi­sor and Pol­icy Lead Ms. Bar­bara Payne.

MD PEF briefed the del­e­ga­tion about role and expansion of dif­fer­ent pub­lic pri­vate based ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams to meet the ed­u­ca­tional needs of the im­pe­cu­nious strata. He told that PEF has helped in im­prov­ing eq­ui­table ac­cess to school­ing, es­pe­cially in south­ern dis­tricts where 67 per­cent of the part­ner schools are si­t­u­ated, while 69 per­cent of the 1.9 mil­lion PEF stu­dents be­long to the south­ern Pun­jab.

We are also work­ing to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion through teach­ers’ cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams as well as en­cour­ag­ing the stu­dents to take part in co cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. Pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is our pri­or­ity as we want to de­velop best lead­ers of to­mor­row through the part­ner schools, he added.

DFID’s Bar­bara Payne ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the foun­da­tion in ed­u­ca­tion- pro­mo­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­vi­sor Javed Ma­lik lauded the hard work and com­mit­ment of the stu­dents of re­mote and less de­vel­oped ar­eas where PEF spon­sored schools are the ray of hope for low in­come fam­i­lies.

He also shared his ex­pe­ri­ence of meet­ing with some of the de­voted souls in Muzaf­far­garh district and said that their sheer com­mit­ment to­wards ed­u­ca­tion is most worth­while. Ear­lier, dif­fer­ent PEF pro­grams di­rec­tors briefed the meet­ing about their pro­gram’s per­for­mance.

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