Pakistan: PRCS launches mega educational plan for 15,000 students of Swat

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Swat (Kanju) Jan 10, 2010: The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has launched mega educational programme for 15,000 students of Swat besides setting up a state-of-the-art Student Educational Resource Centre that will be linked to all the educational intuitions. The project aims to convene educational support to 15000 children of primary schools and the support will be provided in five different locations i.e. Kanju, Migora, Bandai in district Swat, Tamer Gara in district Dir and Pir Baba in district Buner.

PRCS Vice Chairperson Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar launched the project at a ceremony that was attended by the students and teachers of the schools that were destroyed by the militants.

She said that the Student Resource Centre will consist of library, computer and science laboratories and all educational intuitions of the area can benefit from this centre. She said that the PRCS aims to provide educational facilities to the students under one roof so that they can equip themselves with latest techniques.

Nilofar said that the project implementation strategy would ensure beneficiaries participation in all stages of the project cycle and sense of ownership will be created in the community through participation and dialogue.

"At this hour of crisis, the people have no money to meet the educational needs of their children and PRCS feels satiated to intervene in much needed area," She added.

The PRCS Vice Chairperson said that in health cover, the PRCS has so far provided medical cover to over 150,000 patients in its camps and 2 mobile health and basis health units. She said that four more mobile health units will be established in Swat soon.

Nilofar said that she feels satisfied over the PRCS relief activities and said that to facilitate the women, the PRCS also plans a maternity home in the area.

Nilofar held meeting with the students and teachers of the area and was they apprised her of their problem.

She also started the second phase of the distribution by distributing relief package among the women.

Nilofar said that besides this the PRCS has completed the first phase of relief distribution to 60000 families and in the second phase 50000 more families will be provided relief items and this phase will be completed in the next two months.

PRCS Secretary General Muhammad Ilyas Khan said that the PRCS has supported over four lacs internally displaced persons of Swat with 50 thousands in its camps set up at different locations and 350000 living with host families.

Ilyas Khan said that the cost of the first phase of relief activities of the PRCS is over three billion.

Ilyas khan said that the PRCS under its economic recovery programme distributed seed and fertilizers to over 300, 000 people of the area and further plans to provide agriculture assistance to 20,000 families.

He said our future plans also include the construction of PRCS Swat branch office, warehouse and a vocational training centre.

The ceremony was attended by PRCS NWFP Branch Chairman Dr Sher Muhammad, Secretary Ali Hasan, Swat Branch Secretary Prof Mohib Ullah Jan, notables of the area, student, teachers, staff and volunteers of the PRCS.

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