Islamabad: The European Union is committing €30 million (equivalent to 3.52 billion Pakistani Rupees) to the Sindh Education Sector Support Programme to improve the quality and access to public education in Sindh. The Financing Agreement granting this amount to the Provincial Government of Sindh was made public today by the European Union Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, and, acting on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, the Secretary of the Economic Affairs Division, Dr. Waqar Masood Khan, in a ceremony held at Economic Affairs Division in Islamabad. Speaking at the occasion, the EU Ambassador said “The European Union firmly believes that improved quality and access to public education is essential for the youth of Pakistan.”
The overall objective of the European Union funding to this provincial Education Sector Support Programme is to promote quality and access in Primary and Secondary Education. It should also assist the Province of Sindh in achieving the education-related Millennium Development Goals.
The European Union’s support will furthermore assist the Government of Sindh to improve its management and service delivery in the education sector. The EU is providing support for a similar program for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province.
The expected results and main activities of the Sindh program are the following:
(i) Approval of a coherent Education sector policy and plan by the Government of Sindh for which it will conduct a structured and inclusive sector review and dialogue with all education donors and civil society
(ii) The Government of Sindh will implement a School Consolidation Plan with quality and access indicators and improve service delivery through more efficient teacher management, effective student-teacher ratios, reduction in teacher absenteeism, strengthened governance of the education system at school level, and improved reliability of education statistics for planning and management purposes
(iii) The Government of Sindh will improve education service delivery in Sindh through technical cooperation focusing on strategic capacity development for policy formulation, improving sector financial management; performance based monitoring, access to quality education services, and donor coordination.
The level of this grant from the EU indicates the importance the European Union attaches to education for the further development of Pakistan. The EU support is provided in the context of the overall EU-Pakistan Development Co-operation Programme, through which the European Union up to date has granted over €395 million (equivalent to 46.4 billion Pakistani Rupees) to Pakistan.
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