Canadian HC, UNDP resident representative inaugurate flood affected girls' school in Chitral.

ISLAMABAD -- Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Leslie Scanlon and Resident Representative, UNDP Pakistan, Samuel Rizk on Friday inaugurated a Government Girls' High School in the remote Brep village in Upper Chitral, affected by floods in 2022.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by officials of the High Commission of Canada, Education Department, local administration, UNDP, students, teachers, and parents, said a press release issued here.

Following the 2022 torrential rains and flash floods, the Brep school building sustained extensive damage, making it unusable and posing serious safety concerns for students and teachers. This natural disaster disrupted the education of girl students, who were temporarily relocated to a nearby rented facility. In September 2022, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development for Canada, visited the affected area and committed to rehabilitating the school, by providing $80,000 in funding through Global Affairs Canada. In collaboration with UNDP and the Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the rehabilitation and restoration work has now been completed. More broadly, Canada has committed a total of $58M for flood response and resilience building in Pakistan, following the 2022 floods. Of this, $33M was provided for disaster response, and another $25M will be utilized for longer-term resilience building and rehabilitation.

While addressing the inauguration ceremony, H.E. Leslie Scanlon, High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan said, 'Canada will continue to look for opportunities to increase access to and improve the delivery of basic education in Pakistan, including for refugees, forcibly displaced children/youth, and host communities, with a focus on reducing barriers for girls.'

Canada has been at the forefront of empowering women and girls in KP province for decades, focusing on remote, marginalised communities in areas with some of the lowest gender indicators. The rehabilitation of the Brep School is part of the $7 million Improved Access to Quality Education in the merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and jointly implemented by the UNDP, UNICEF and the Elementary and Secondary Education Department of KP.

Through this project, a total of 102 girls' schools have undergone comprehensive rehabilitation and are equipped with educational resources, leading to a significant improvement in both enrolment and quality of education...

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