Islamabad: The World Bank on Wednesday granted worth US$ 129.99 million for the uplift of primary education system under the “Sindh Early Learning Enhancement through Classroom Transformation Project” in the province.
Minister for Economic Affairs,Omar Ayub Khan, witnessed the signing ceremony of financing agreement of “Sindh Early Learning Enhancement through Classroom Transformation Project” worth US$ 129.99 million with the World Bank, in the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the project financing includes a $100 million concessional loan provided by the World Bank and a $29.99 million education sector program implementation grant provided by the Global Education Partnership (GPE).
In addition, an additional $24.78 million GPE multiplier grant will soon be provided to expand the geographic coverage of the project.
The financing agreement was signed by Zulfiqar Haider, Additional Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, and Najy Benhassine, National Director of the World Bank. Dr. Naeem Zafar, Chief Economist of the Sindh Provincial Government, also attended the ceremony on behalf of the provincial government.
Minister of Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan thanked the World Bank’s management for their continued support to the government, especially during the difficult period when the country is facing more and more health-related and socio-economic challenges.
He said that providing quality education is one of the government’s top priorities because it plays a vital role in the socio-economic development and prosperity of a country.
The Minister further emphasized that equal educational opportunities for girls and boys must be ensured at all levels.
He emphasized that even under generally difficult circumstances, the Pakistani government will still focus on the social fields including health, education and social security, so that the people can obtain basic necessities of life and the economy can be rejuvenated.
He reiterated his government’s commitment to further strengthen the implementation of reforms, including reforms aimed at developing key elements of the core foundation of human capital accumulation.
The goal of the project is to improve the reading skills of primary school pupils in the ten selected districts of Sindh, and to increase the retention rate of pupils in primary schools.
Promoting Sindhi early learning through classroom transformation projects aims to improve the five core elements of learning, namely, ready learners, effective teaching, learning-focused investment, safe and inclusive school spaces, and well-managed education systems. End learning poverty.
These elements must not be missed when seeking to make the school work and ensure that students learn and stay in school.
Using a school-based approach that focuses on quality, correcting support for dropouts, improving teacher capacity, and infrastructure that meets safety and learning needs will also help address demand and supply challenges to close the gap in girls’ access to school. Conversion rate and retention rate.
The project will pilot school-based behavioral interventions to help students realize that their abilities and skills can change and grow, and will focus on key skills such as student effectiveness and self-management.
The World Bank team reaffirmed its commitment to continue to provide technical and financial support to the Pakistani government in priority areas.