PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has set up Nawa Sehar Public School in Aligram Shahi Bagh village of Swat district under the Poverty Reduction Program (PPR).
Shahi village is a remote community with limited access to educational opportunities and infrastructure. Rehmatullah, a student at the school, said: “Access to quality education has been one of our biggest problems because there is no proper school.
The nearest school was two kilometers away. So it was a great ordeal to cover such a distance every day. In the days of the Cowboys-19, it became even more difficult. However, now with the establishment of Naw Sahar Public School, it has become easier to get an education.
Starting with one school and 42 students, the school now has more than 180 students, including 119 boys and 61 girls. Residents of the area are happy that their children now have a quality education.
“I envied my cousins who could easily go to school because they lived in the city center. Since there was no school in our area, I could not go to regular school. However, after the establishment of the school in the morning, my dream of going to school and getting a good education became a reality.
All of these interventions were conducted under the educational component of the Poverty Alleviation Program. The Italian government works to create sustainable conditions for social and economic development in the areas of the PPR program, which is funded by the Development Cooperation Agency (AICS).
The program is being brought to the fore by 17 partner organizations. PPR is being implemented in 38 union councils of 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan province.
This year, World Education Day will be celebrated under the theme “Recovery and Revival of Education for Code 19 Generation” to promote mutual cooperation and international solidarity to keep education and lifelong learning at the center of rehabilitation.
Over the past two years, the outbreak of Covid-19 has led to permanent school closures and disrupted educational activities for millions of students across the country.
In urban areas, people may somehow enjoy learning online, but the problems in rural districts, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its newly merged districts, remain serious.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to address the educational needs of students in the province. Many private and public sector organizations are working to increase access to education for the rural population.