OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has increased the monthly grant of elementary level partner schools for foundation assisted schools (FAS). The PEF board of directors formally approved the increase. This will facilitate the partner schools to further develop their educational standards. PEF Chairman Raja Anwar stated this while chairing a meeting of partner schools at his office. Besides partner school owners, FAS programme officials were also present. Anwar maintained that the PEF was working hard to strengthen the educational partnership so that students could get best education in partner schools. In this regard, soft loan has also been arranged from Punjab Bank for deserving partner schools so that they could improve their infrastructure, he said. He further maintained that PEFs public private partnership with schools was the most suitable educational model for giving quality education to the deserving and out of school children. The PEF is also contemplating to launch IT education in partner schools so that economically deprived students could access information technology free of cost, he added. Partner schools should also give special attention to character-building and promotion of co-curricular activities so that our students could emerge as confident leaders of tomorrow. They should be encouraged about book-reading as it broadens intellectual ken and mental horizon, concluded Raja.