IDB to influx Rs5bn to "Education for All" AJK project

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Sunday, 08 March 2015 02:33

MUZAFFARABAD:The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government has appointed Zaheer Hussain Gardezi as the project director of the “Education for All” project.

Gardezi, who is currently working with the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) on deputation, will head the Rs5 billion project funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Official sources said AJK Chief Secretary Abid Ali and Secretary Education Raja Abbas Khan played a crucial role in appointing Gardezi on merit while refusing to give-in to political pressure to make the appointment on favouritism.

Under the new project, more than 330 schools would be constructed across AJK within five years to boost enrolment at the primary level.

Under the scheme, some 60 primary schools would be run as pilot-projects on a public-private partnership basis.

Official sources said the project will also cover the capacity-building of schoolteachers and management staff of the education department. According to officials, Gardezi has a good track record of successfully implementing development projects.

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