DFID, SFD, UNOPS Signs Agreement For Providing Solar Energy To Primary Schools Of KP Seven Districts
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education Muhammad Atif has said that by the end of PTI tenure in the province each and every public sector school would be provided all the modern facilities and provision of solar energy to primary schools of backward seven southern districts is one of such examples
PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 13th Feb, 2018 ):Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education Muhammad Atif has said that by the end of PTI tenure in the province each and every public sector school would be provided all the modern facilities and provision of solar energy to primary schools of backward seven southern districts is one of such examples.
He said this while addressing signing ceremony of trilateral agreement among DFID, SDF and UNOP for the provision of solar electricity to the primary schools of seven southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including D.I.Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Karak, Kohat and Hangu.
He lauded the Saudi Funds for Development involvement and contribution to such education facilities and hoped that it would further cement relations between the two nations. The Minister said that “this initiative of providing schools of Southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with solar energy is henceforth a contribution to solve energy crisis in the area and provides electricity in the schools for improved learning environment.
This will have a positive impact on enrollment rate of students, their interest to attend the school. He congratulated KP Department for International Development (DFID), UK and Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and UNOPS for making the decision for contributing towards greener and smarter future for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The UNOPS Country Office in Pakistan, Department of International Department (DFID) and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed a UNOPS pilot project aimed at Improving Quality of Learning through Provision of Sustainable Renewable Energy Solutions in Primary Schools in Southern Districts of KPK Province, Pakistan at Islamabad, said a statement issued here Tuesday.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Minster Education, Minister Transportation, Education Secretariat, Directorate PEDO, Secretary Planning Development KP, Chief Foreign Aid Office and Secretary Energy were present at the occasion along with UN Resident Coordinator and heads of other UN agencies and representatives of foreign missions and donor agencies.
The envisaged project is to be implemented by UNOPS Pakistan Office in partnership with KP Education Department through the joint financial support of Department of International Department (DFID) and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).
In total, the generous contribution from DFID and SFD for the duration of the project will amount to about US$ 8.5 million. During his speech the Regional Director Asia Region, Mr. Sanjay Mathur, said that “with respect to students, lack of school facilities affects health, behavior, engagement, learning, and growth in achievement.
If Pakistani schools can save money on power, thousands of Rupees are suddenly freed up to put into other areas of teaching and learning. In addition to enhancing education, solar panels in schools may motivate students to explore a new career field they otherwise wouldn’t have considered.