The United Arab Emirates opened 40 schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, according to a report in Gulf News on Saturday.
The schools are part of an initiative called the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan set up by President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan in a bid to improve the country’s impoverished social sector.
An opening ceremony was held at one of the boys’ schools in the presence of Director of the Project, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli.
At least 21,000 boys and girls have already started attending classes at the schools.
Pakistan's literacy rate rose from 45 to 54 percent between 2002 and 2006, and net primary enrolment rates increased from 42 to 52 percent, according to The World Bank.
There are many examples of the UAE stepping forward to assist Pakistan, a fact that has also been recognized by the United Nations.
According to a report issued by the UAE Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, UAE provided assistance during the 2010 floods that ravaged the country and affected nearly one fifth of Pakistan, significantly impacted 20 million people reported The New York Times.
The Sheikh Khalifa Foundation donated $3.5 million in food, tents, blankets, and medical supplies whereas the UAE Red Crescent Authority donated $1.3 million toward emergency relief efforts, including a $1 million private donation by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and a $0.1 million in-kind donation through the Pakistan Red Crescent Authority.
(Written by Farwa Rizwan)