ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for UNESCOs increased role in establishing non-formal education centres in the flood-affected areas of Pakistan and in providing training to the teachers in the flood relief camps in various disciplines so that around 6 million children who have lost their classes could resume schooling in the just started new academic year. The Prime Minister emphasised that UNESCO should extend assistance to Pakistan in the post-disaster phase by undertaking small and medium level projects in education, water management and preservation of world heritage sites. He was talking to Ms Irina Bokova the Director General of UNESCO who called on him at the Prime Ministers House on Wednesday. Prime Minister noted that the UN Secretary General in his flash appeal for flood affected people of Pakistan last month had not included education, science, and cultural fields which were the purview of UNESCO. He said, his government would like UNESCO to issue a similar flash appeal, which were called for in the case of Haiti earthquake last year for mobilising assistance to Pakistan in these important sectors. The Prime Minister appreciated the initiative taken by the Director General of UNESCO to send a team of scientists to Pakistan last week to assess the damage caused by floods in the areas falling within the purview of his organisation to help Pakistan in water resource management including managing hydro hazards, maintaining ground water resources for emergent situation, preventing land slides and capacity building of Pakistani institutions in these areas. The Prime Minister said that his governments strategy was three pronged, in the first instance to rescue and provide relief to the flood victims which were already underway, secondly re-habilitation of the displaced persons in the floods by helping them rebuild their houses and thirdly, affected farmers to resume agriculture activity as well as reconstruct the physical infrastructure including schools and colleges damaged or destroyed by the flood waters. Prime Minister apprised the DG General that around 11,000 schools have been destroyed or damaged and those schools and colleges which were not affected by the floods, were being used as temporary shelters for the displaced people. The new school year has started and the government will like to relocate the flood victims occupying the schools and rebuild the damage once to ensure that education of the children was not affected. He hoped that UNESCO would help Pakistan in every possible manner to achieve this goal. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO while briefing the Prime Minister on the measures already taken by her organization to help Pakistan, assured him that UNESCO would go by with the government of Pakistans requirements and offered all the cooperation to meet those requirements within its means. She proposed establishing a body, which could coordinate with UNESCO, UNECEF and other organizations in facilitating the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. She also promised that UNESCO would launch a fresh appeal along with UN Secretary Generals second appeal to assist Pakistan in September. She further said that in coordination with the government in addition to 30 non-formal education centers already established in four provinces of Pakistan more would be established in the near future. She recognised importance of the world heritage sites of Pakistan particularly, Mohinjodaro. UNESCO, she said, had been helping even in the past and would send a team of UNESCO experts who will visit Pakistan soon to make an assessment of the damages to the archaeological sites. Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali, Minister for Education, Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jillani, Minister for Culture, and Mrs Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to Prime Minister were also present in the meeting.