BARA: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on Wednesday inaugurated a new school constructed with fibre glass in Bara, Khyber Agency.
The Hasara Public High School has been constructed with the cost of Rs5.5 million with the support of Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), a non-governmental organisation. The SRSP engineers said the school building has a warranty of 25 years. They said the weather-friendly school building will remain warm during winter and cool during summer.
The SRSP officials told TNN that 11 schools completely destroyed during militancy in Bara have been reconstructed with fibre glass, which include eight high schools and three middle schools. Sources said six more high and three middle schools will be constructed in Bara.
The United Nations Development Programme Country Director Ignacio Artaza, UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Christian Munduate, SRSP Chief Executive Officer Masoodul Mulk, Additional Chief Secretary FATA Sikandar Qayyum and Political Agent Khalid Mehmood attended the inauguration ceremony.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the governor said youth is the real agent of change and the youth bulge of FATA is approximately 60 percent.
He said said that a comprehensive package of social cohesion, income generation and educational activities had been provided to communities in Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai and North Waziristan agencies.
“More than 100 schools have already been rehabilitated and 408 teachers have been trained to provide better quality education for our children,” he said, adding that education reform Jirgas are being formed to advocate for improved services and increased enrolment.
He said that approximately 200,000 out of school children have been brought back into the regular education system in FATA. “Girls’ enrolment and attendance is also our key priority, and the FATA Secretariat remains committed to addressing the specific needs of the girls’ schools with the aim of improving the basic school infrastructure and ensuring the provision of a safe learning environment therein,” he said.