The Government of Pakistan and World Bank on Wednesday signed a grant agreement “Covid-19 Response, Recovery and Resilience in Education Project” worth $19.85 million.
Noor Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs signed the grant agreement on behalf of the government of Pakistan while Najy Benhassine, Country Director, World Bank signed the grant agreement on behalf of the World Bank.
Minister for Economic Affairs, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar witnessed the signing ceremony of the grant agreement of “Covid-19 Response, Recovery and Resilience in Education Project” worth $19.85 million with the World Bank, held here on Wednesday.
The project is aimed to strengthen and support federal and provincial actions in the education sector to better:
- Respond to and recover from the COVID-19 crises in the short term
- To lay the foundation for resilience to face a future crisis, with a focus on disadvantaged areas and vulnerable populations.
The project interventions will help the government to ensure learning continuity in the country through expansion of national distance learning content and distribution of learning material in lagging areas, protect the students’ and teachers’ health safety and wellbeing, designing and implementing distance learning competency standards, promote safe schools, support teachers and students to prepare for the recovery through the delivery of teacher training and better coordination across provinces.
The Minister for Economic Affairs, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, thanked the World Bank Country Management for extending their continuous support to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic issue; particularly learning continuity in the country.
The Country Director, World Bank assured their continuous support to the Government of Pakistan in achieving the priority development objectives.