UAE PAP distributes 30,000 school bags to students of Pakistan

WAM Swat, Pakistan, June 15th, 2013 – The UAE Pakistan Assistance Program (PAP) is distributing 30,000 school bags to poor, needy and orphan students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as part of its second phase of school bag initiative, being implemented under instructions of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support education in Pakistan.

Abdullah Al Ghafli, Director of PAP, said the school bag initiative will assist 30,000 male and female students in 25 cities and towns of the province.

He said the school aid program is part of the UAE’s efforts to assist students of low-income families to pursue their learning process.

The initiative, he stressed, aims at easing financial burdens in regards to education, noting that many poor parents were reluctant to send their children to school because they could not afford schooling fees.

He added that the water-proof bag was specially tailored to last for more than three years and it contains all basic stationary the student could need.

He said the program is being carried out for the second year running, building on the positive response the first phase had generated.

A survey of educators showed that percentage of attendance had increased remarkably and students maintained high morale.

The PAP’s education initiative will build 53 schools and colleges along with technological and technical institutes, all fully equipped with modern learning facilities. Last year, Al Ghafli said, 48 educational institutions were completed and received students.

He said the PAP has made a qualitative leap in the educational sector in the targeted regions, opening up new promising opportunities for building professional and career capacities and helping those beneficiaries to serve economic and social development.

Indirectly, he said, the PAP empowers students to serve himself, his family, community therefore contributing to reduce unemployment and eliminate poverty.

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