European Union (EU) envoy Dr Reena Kavinka met Provincial Minister for School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) Syed Sardar Shah to discuss the rehabilitation of schools in flood-affected areas of Sindh for which the EU had approved 12.6 million euros.

On the occasion, the Education Minister briefed the Ambassador about the restoration of the affected schools and the challenges being faced by the Sindh School and Literacy Department after the rainy situation.

Shah said that the education of 2.5 million children was affected due to floods. As many as 9,000 schools were completely destroyed while 11,000 schools were partially damaged. In addition, around 5,000 schools were also used as campuses for flood victims during the floods.

He said that the children were not only affected by the flood but also faced psychological problems. However, the education department established learning centers in the camps to keep the education continue and engaged children in educational activities.

Shah said that the process of rehabilitating schools has started. The school education department is taking measures to increase the enrollment of children. Likewise, the upgradation of primary schools is under the post-primary education program.

There are 35000 primary schools while there are more than 4,400 secondary schools. He said that children’s education has already suffered a lot due to floods after Covid-19. More than 50,000 teachers have been recruited impartially to meet the shortage of teachers.

On this occasion, EU Ambassador assured all possible support for the restoration of education in Sindh and said that the recruitment of music teachers in Sindh would be a good practice. A grant of 12.6 million Euros has been approved for the rehabilitation of affected schools, in addition to continuing support for school upgrading, collection of school data, and teacher training under the Deep Program.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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