PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that his government will allocate maximum funds for education in the next fiscal year, adding that about 3000 more primary schools will be built in the province within three years with the financial assistance of the federal government.

Inaugurating ‘Enrollment Campaign’ at Chief Minister’s House on Monday, Amir Haider Khan Hoti said that the ANP-led government gave top priority to education during the last four years, wherein it announced special package for brilliant students of government schools and vocational training institutes so that the talented youths could be encouraged.

He said that under the presidential package about 3000 new primary schools would be built in the province, whereas 70 per cent would be allocated for girls students.

Besides others, the function was addressed by UK High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr Adam Thomson, US Consul General at Peshawar Mrs Marrie Richard, DFID Chief in Pakistan Mr George Turkington, Unicef high-ups and provincial ministers.     

Under ‘Enrollment Campaign’ the United Kingdom pledged to enroll about 80,000 students across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa schools till 2015 while more than 2,000 new classrooms would be built in government schools.

The campaign aims to get 1.3 million children into schools by March next year wherein about 60 percent will be girls students. The UK government will allocate 200 million pounds for the project.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Adam Thomson said that the new support from the UK’s Department for International development (DFID) would help hundreds of thousands of children to stay in school and complete their education by providing critical infrastructure such as drinking water, toilets, and boundary walls for girls’ schools, as well as ensuring a teacher turns up for every lesson with a clear learning plan.

Similarly, the UK will build 2,000 literacy centres to teach illiterate women to read and write, which will benefit hundreds of thousands over the coming years, so that they can earn more money, support their children’s schooling, access information, and better understand their rights.

“Education is the single most important factor that can transform this province’s future. With three million children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa out of school - two million of them girls - this is an education emergency,” he added.

The UK High Commissioner to Pakistan said the UK had more to offer Pakistan on education than any other country in the world.

Speaking on the occasion the US Consul General at Peshawar Mrs Marrie Richard said that the US government and people through USAID had been contributing for reconstruction and rehabilitation of militancy-stricken and floods-hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata for the last many years.

“Our country is assisting the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the reconstruction of 122 schools destroyed by militants in Malakand division,” the US Consul General added.

Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti and other dignitaries on the occasion enrolled few kids in schools by their own hands in order to kick off the enrollment campaign across the province. The chief minister also announced that the chief executive of the province would be considered guardian of those children who were enrolled at the Chief Minister House ceremony.