6011 IDPs children as part of increasing enrollment drive

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The Govt with assistance of Peace Education and Development Foundation (PEAD) and UNESCO selected 6011 children of Fata as part of its efforts to provide them quality education and enhance literacy ratio. They were selected under a project to ensure psycho-social support to in and out of camp children of FATA and increase enrollment ratio and decrease dropout rate by attracting children for schools.

The project closing ceremony, a joint venture of Peace Education and Development Foundation (PEAD) and UNESCO was organized by Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Additional Secretary Education, Qaiser Alam said that department of education is committed for provision of quality education and it has taken remarkable steps to achieve the goals. He said to enhance the standard of education and teaching methodology in the province, a hefty amount of Rs.113 billion was specified by the incumbent government. He said that it was call of the day to provide equal educational opportunities to all children. Earlier Tariq Hayat Program Manager PEAD foundation said that thousands of Internally Displaced children, elders and community members living in and out of camp were given training.

These training sessions were conducted at Peshawar valley, Jalozai Camp and New Durrani Camp Kurram Agency where professional trainers from Civil Defense Department KP, PDMA and FDMA and other departments trained the beneficiaries.

Tariq Hayat said that a total of 6011 IDP children of FATA have been identified and selected during the reporting period for project interventions. “3000 children have been provided with psycho-social support sessions in camp and out of camp including over 1300 women”.

He said that team of qualified and practicing psycho therapists from psychology department of University of Peshawar facilitated the PSS sessions.

As many as 100 IDP’s teachers including 48 females have been equipped with the evolving concepts of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and inclusive education during six month project as well as a series of five Pashto radio programs namely “Da Elam sparlay” has been initiated in order to spread the messages about the importance of education and other mentioned concepts.

Assistant Director PDMA, Zia-ur-Rahman, PEAD foundation Executive Director Sameena Imtiaz, UNESCO Provincial Coordinator Shams Waqar, Social Mobilizer of PEAD Salman, Representatives of FDMA, PDMA, beneficiaries and IDPs were also present.

Source: The Frontier Post.