Educational premises were severely hit and devastated by seasonal floods and military operations, leaving local students short of schools and, hence, had to study in the open air, in tents, above building roofs or in make-shift schools. The situation worsened in summer and winter due to harsh weather conditions.
Students had to move elsewhere where they could not afford exuberant living costs, and with transportation infrastructure severely damaged they took hours to get to make-shirt schools. It became even worse for girls who could not commute to distant schools. Ambitions and dreams of a better life were washed away by floods, thus making students of stricken areas suffer the loss of a full academic year due to lack of schools, universities and institutes.
UAE PAP Education Projects - Score Sheet
Number of Projects: 60
UAE PAP took the initiative to help Pakistan by building and equipping 60 educational projects per modern international standards. This initiative was taken upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (May God protect him), to support and upgrade educational infrastructure in Pakistan and build proper facilities for students to study in a convenient environment. The directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (May God protect him), resulted in sponsoring 53 projects as a first stage to absorb 30 students (males and females) with a total cost of $27.119.000. As many as 43 primary through secondary schools and 10 technical colleges and institutes were built under this project. Stage II is being carried out to set up and upgrade 3 colleges and 4 new women rehabilitation centers with a total cost of $14.4 million. Educational projects were carried out in a number of regions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Southern Waziristan, Bajaur and Mohmand Agency where students, who had lost their schools and left with no schools nearby, had to make an exhaustive trip on daily basis in order to reach remote schools. Under the plans carried out by the UAE to upgrade primary, higher and academic education in Pakistan, newly built schools, colleges and institutes were equipped with the latest educational aids and academic and computer labs to enable the students to learn modern science on the latest information technology equipment from primary up to higher studies stages. Workshops equipped with practical and technical training equipment and requirements for diploma-level students were also provided. Schools built in the above-mentioned regions are a huge contribution by the UAE and the UAE wise leadership. The generous humanitarian initiatives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (May God protect him), played an active role in the academic and cultural rehabilitation and upgrading of the individual – a role these educational institutions will pursue and extend to a new generation of the Pakistani people – one adequately capable of meeting future challenges.