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PEF providing free education to 1.5m needy students


RAWALPINDI: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was providing the facility of free education to around 1.5 million needy students in 36 district of the province, said the Foundation’s Managing Director Dr. Aneela Salman on Friday. Addressing a seminar on education here, she said the foundation has introduced and working on a comprehensive strategy in collaboration with partner schools to impart quality education to children of families, which are unable to meet education expenses of their wards. “The PEF efforts are greatly helping achieve the targets of millennium development goals set for education sector of the country,” she added. School Principals from various districts including Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Sargodha, Chakwal and Attock, besides PEF-DMD (F) Salman Anwar Malik, Directors Syed Naveed Abbas, Nadeem Masood and Ayesha Nauman attended the seminar. PEF MD said the foundation was playing a key role in promoting gratis education to the deserving and regretted that around five million children were still out of schools. PEF, she said, was committed to bringing these children into schools with partners assistance, adding “we want every child into school for which, a comprehensive expansion plan is already underway in which 2.2 million out of school and drop-out children will be brought back to schools through the partners.” She said imparting quality education was a hallmark of PEF and “we hold quality assurance tests every year to judge academic standards of our partner schools.” The MD said the Foundation would hold 14 orientation workshops for partner schools to acquaint them with different educational aspects, quality assurance tests, skills to improve financial and school management besides maintaining schools record. 

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