ISLAMABAD, SEPTEMBER 16 – In the presence, among others, of the Pakistani Ministers of Education and Communication, Mohammad Baligh‐
ur‐Rehman, the Italian Ambassador in Islamabad, Stefano Pontecorvo, signed an agreement with UNESCO for a two-year project that gives “Support to girls’ right to education and safeguarding cultural heritage through education in Pakistan”.
This project aims at supporting the Pakistani Government in its efforts to foster a wider access of young women to quality education and the protection of cultural heritage by means of awareness-raising activities for Pakistani communities and youth.
The agreement has a value of approximately USD 1.7 million. The project has two components: the first one on education which aims to support the efforts of the government of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in increasing access, retention and improving the quality of girls’ education through capacity building and targeted interventions at both institutional and community levels. District Bahawalpur in the Punjab and District Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are focus districts.
“The Italian funds allow us to expand our on‐going girls’ right to education interventions to more districts, and we are deeply grateful for that,” said Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO representative.
The second component is aimed at supporting the efforts of the government of Pakistan in the protection of cultural heritage through enhancing the role of young people and communities in safeguarding cultural heritage through capacity building in protection.
UNESCO will undertake awareness raising activities among the general public and specifically focus on school going youth and teachers. All four provinces will benefit from the interventions of this component. (@OnuItalia)