LAHORE - Punjab Education Foundation has launched third phase of New School Program (NSP) in 12 different districts in which 16,000 deserving students will get free education through 80 partner schools. PEF Project Officer NSP Hassan Javed while addressing the participants of an agreement signing ceremony held at Punjab Institute of Language, Art & Culture (PILAC) Auditorium on Saturday told that under the third phase, five schools have been selected in each of the districts of Khushab, Lodhran, Layyah, Mianwali and Narowal, seven each in Rahim Yar Khan and Toba Tek Singh, eight from Vehari, ten from Khanewal and Bhakkar, four from Attock and nine from Sargodha. He said a sum of Rs 5.6 million would be spent on the education of NSP students every month. Hassan Javed told the participants that NSP was designed to educate the poor families students in schools near to their homes. He maintained that NSP was very beneficial for the poor segments of the society for arranging educational facilities for the disadvantaged children. NSP is designed for the less-developed and deprived suburban areas where, because of various socio-economic deprivations, parents often find it difficult to bear educational expenditures of their children and especially the girls cant go to far off schools, he maintained. Hassan Javed also informed the participants that New School Program was already catering to the educational needs of as many as 17,237 students in 129 partner schools in different districts. A monthly sum of Rs 60, 32,950 was being spent by the PEF on their education, he added. Various PEF Program Directors also spoke on the occasion and informed the participants about working of their Programs.