The World Bank has on Wednesday pledged to provide $19.8 million aid to Pakistan for the country’s response, recovery, and resilience in the education sector amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The project of World Bank aims at strengthening federal and provincial actions towards the education sector so a proper response can be concreted and to support the country’s short term recovery in this sector from the COVID-19 crises.
According to the agreement materialized today in the presence of economic affairs minister Makhdum Khusro Bakhtiyar, the country director of WB Najy Benhassine signed the funds to Pakistan for the education project.
The project is set to help the government to continue providing education and learning opportunities in the country especially in the far-flung areas through an expansion in the national distance-learning program.
Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has addressed that Country Strategy Dialogue (CSD) on Pakistan, organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in recognition of the country’s commendable resilience to the myriad of challenges.
While speaking to the forum, PM Imran said the country had opened the construction sector and as the work was done in the open air so the virus couldn’t spread.
Detailing about the Ehsaas Programme, the premier said that 15 million families were given cash handouts and it really saved Pakistan from the worst effects of lockdowns.
“Because the people were with us, they complied with our measures we came out of it better than any other country,” the premier said.
He further added that we saved our economy and we save people from dying from the virus.