By Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan
Swat: Under directives and initiatives by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan “the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan” has inaugurated another new preparatory school in Kalam village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for further supporting of educational development in the province. It is hoped that the newly established Haryati School will serve 225 male and female students from prep to primary levels. The multi-purpose school building consists of eight class rooms, a computer lab and administration bloc.
The Director General of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan, Abdullah Al Ghafli, and Major General Akhtar Jamil, Commander of the GOC 45th Engineers Division, Pakistan Army, unveiled a plaque inaugurating the said school. High brass officers of Armed Forces of Pakistan and senior civil government administration also attended the ceremony.
While addressing the ceremony Al Ghafli, highlighted the socio-economic importance of these projects and said “Thanks to the initiatives by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for boosting qualitative education in Pakistan, students could now easily get the education from primary to secondary levels. They can even receive high education at many newly built technical/specialised colleges and centers he further added. This is a development oriented strategy which encourages or facilitates individuals, families and the society at large for joining the ranks of the developed nations,” Al Ghafli remarked.
“In Pakistan, a total of 53 educational projects of worth AED276 million have been carried out by the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan. It includes primary, high schools and degree colleges as well as vocational training institutes,” he added.
All have latest computer labs and other scientific facilities.
Al Ghafli, also handed over a plenty of school bags to the students of the Haryati School. This is an integral part of a well devised plan under the umbrella of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan distributing thirty thousand schools bags to poor, needy, deserving and orphaned school students.
The principal of the school said, these projects are the real signs of hope and comfort to our students especially of remote/rural areas. These would be game changer for their lives in the days to come, he added. The students are now blessed to receive education in one of the most advanced schools in the country/province and to secure a better future for themselves and their families.
On this occasion, the families of the students personally thanked the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his extended generosity towards the promotion of qualitative education in Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhw, province.