The evebt celebrated contributing by women in merged area

A global award for their outstanding work in improving school environment was bestowed upon Secretaries of Parent Teacher Councils (PTCs)by the German Agency International Cooperation (GIZ). The teacher’s initiative has been selected from over 100 development projects from around the world as best practice for women empowerment. Shahram Khan Tarakai, the Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education together with representatives from GIZ awarded the prizes to thirty nine head teachers that were selected among over 2200 primary schools from the merged areas. The event celebrated contributions by women to development in the merged areas. The GIZ’s FATA Development Programme supported 5000 parent teacher councils with capacity development including opening of bank accounts to receive PKR 3.6 Billion government funds for school improvement under the conditional grant programme funded by the Elementary and Secondary Education Department government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Despite working in very difficult circumstances in the merged areas, the work of female parent-teacher councils from girls’ schools are a significantly contribute to bringing the tribal districts at par with the rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Shahram Khan Tarakai, the Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education, while appreciating the efforts of female teachers from remote regions of merged areas, stressed the role of female teachers in building societies. He also commended the effort that many schools have completed their work on providing additional classrooms, toilet blocks, clean water, boundary walls, play areas, and, recently, the hiring of local teachers. He stated that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is committed to improving situations in schools. The efforts under the conditional grants program aim to provide easy and cost-effective access to missing facilities at the local level. He also vowed to allocate more funds to similar initiatives soon.Dr. Peer Gatter, Head of the FATA Development Programme which is implemented by GIZ spoke about the long standing and trustful development cooperation between Pakistan and Germany. He congratulated the Head Teachers for the outstanding achievement and said that education and especially girls’ education is of utmost importance for the sustainable development of merged areas.Assistance from GIZ FATA Development Programme to the Elementary and Secondary Education Department includes the provision of technical assistance and capacity development in planning and governance to improve service delivery. GIZ-FDP also invested in the capacity development of staff at the provincial and district levels in public financial management, procurement, use of data, leadership, and management school level, and EMIS. GIZ FDP is funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).Shahram Khan Tarakai appreciated the efforts of the GIZ FATA Development Programme and thanked the German government for its support, and reiterated that the actions under the program should continue as Merged Areas need capacity development for sustainability.

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