WB grants $129.99 million for uplift of primary education in Sindh
ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has granted $129.99 million for the development of the primary education system under the “Sindh Early Learning Enhancement through Classroom Transformation Project” in the province, a statement said.
Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan witnessed the signing ceremony of the financing agreement with the World Bank representative, in the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The project financing includes a concessional loan of $100 million by the World Bank and the education sector plan implementation grant of $29.99 million by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
Besides, an additional GPE Multiplier Grant of $24.78 million would shortly be made available to enhance geographical coverage of the project.
The financing agreement was signed by Economic Affairs Division additional secretary Zulfiqar Haider and World Bank Country DirectorNajy Benhassine, while chief economist of the government of Sindh, Dr Naeem Zafar also attended the ceremony on behalf of the provincial government.
Omar Ayub appreciated the World Bank management for extending their continuous support to the government, particularly at this difficult time when the country is facing increasing health-related and socioeconomic challenges.
He expressed that the provision of quality education was one of the top priorities of the government because it played an essential role in the socioeconomic development and prosperity of a nation.
The minister also stressed that equal opportunities in education, for both girls and boys, must be ensured at all levels.
He highlighted that even at the time of prevailing difficult situations, the government of Pakistan kept its focus on the social sector, including health, education and social protection so that the people get basic necessities of life and the economy regains its strength.
He reiterated his government’s commitment to further strengthen implementation of reforms, including reform actions aimed at developing key elements of core foundations for the human capital accumulation.
The objective of this project is to improve reading skills of early grade primary students and increase student retention in primary schools in 10 selected districts of Sindh.
The Sindh Early Learning Enhancement through Classroom Transformation project aims at improving five core elements of learning, i.e., prepared learners, effective teaching, learning focused inputs, safe and inclusive school space, and a well-managed education system to end learning poverty.
None of these elements can be left out when seeking to make schools functional and ensuring that the students learn and stay in school.
Using a school-based approach that focuses on quality, redresses support for dropouts, improved teacher capacity, and infrastructure catering to safety and learning needs, also will help address the demand and supply side challenges to narrow the gap of girls’ access, transition, and retention rates.
The project will pilot a school-based behavioural intervention that will help the students recognise that their abilities and skills can change and grow and will focus on key skills such as student efficacy and self-management.
The World Bank team reiterated its commitment to continue technical and financial support to the government of Pakistan for priority areas.
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