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Centre offers assistance to KP for rebuilding damaged schools in tribal districts

Federal education ministry shows concerns over destruction of schools, demands prompt action by KP govt

By APP
May 29, 2024
School children seen in a classroom in this undated image. — AFP/File
School children seen in a classroom in this undated image. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: After terrorists targeted schools in tribal districts, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has expressed grave concerns over the incidents and offered assistance to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for rebuilding the damaged educational institutions and their security.

In a letter written to the KP chief secretary, the federal education ministry’s secretary drew the urgent attention of KP chief secretary regarding the destruction of schools by terrorists in newly merged districts and demanded prompt action against the menace of terrorism.

"It is particularly disheartening to note that these heinous acts of terrorism are disproportionately targeting institutions dedicated to girls'' education," the letter said.

The federal government, it said, is deeply alarmed by these developments, which not only endanger the lives of "our children but also threaten the progress we have made in promoting education and gender equality in these regions, it said, adding that the education of girls is a cornerstone of our national development strategy, and any attack on this front is an attack on the future of our nation".

"I want to reassure you that the federal government stands in solidarity with the provincial administration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during this challenging time."

"We are fully committed to supporting all necessary measures to ensure the security of educational institutions and to swiftly rebuild the schools that have been destroyed."

"It is imperative that we work together to counter this menace of extremism and restore a sense of safety and normalcy for our students and educators," the letter added.

To this end, the letter said: "I propose the establishment of a joint task force comprising federal and provincial representatives to develop a comprehensive plan for the reconstruction of damaged schools and the enhancement of security measures across the region."

The letter also added that this task force should focus on community engagement and resilience-building to prevent further extremist activities and to foster an environment where education can thrive without fear.

"Please be assured of our unwavering support and cooperation. Together, we can and must ensure that the right to education, particularly for our girls, is protected and promoted, despite the challenges posed by extremist elements.

The federal government sought a prompt response from the province and offered to work closely with the KP administration to address the critical issue.