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UNESCO, Italy joins hands to support girls’ right to education in Pakistan

UNESCO, Italy joins hands to support girls’ right to education in Pakistan
September 07, 2017

ISLAMABAD, September 7: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Government of Italy on Thursday signed an agreement to support a project titled ‘Support to girls’ right to education and safeguarding cultural heritage through education in Pakistan.

The Italian government would provide USD 1.7 million to enable Unesco to implement the two-year project.

The agreement was signed by H.E Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador to Pakistan, Ms. Santa Molè, Head of Italian Cooperation and Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative.

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage, Syed Junaid Akhlaq were also present on the occasion.

The project has two components; the first one on Education which aims to support the efforts of Government of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in increasing access and improving the quality of girls’ education through capacity building and targeted interventions at both institutional and community levels.

District Bahawalpur in the Punjab and District Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are focus districts.

“The Italian funds allow us to expand our on-going girls’ right to education interventions to more districts, and we are deeply grateful for that” said Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO representative.

The second component is aimed at supporting the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in the protection of cultural heritage through enhancing the role of young people and communities in safeguarding cultural heritage through capacity building in protection.

UNESCO will undertake awareness raising activities among the general public and specifically focus on school going youth and teachers. All four provinces will benefit from the interventions of this component.

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