By Sara Anabtawi
Gulf state invests US$27.6m in schools in some of Pakistan's most impoverished regions
The UAE has set up 40 schools and educational institutes in Pakistan capable of teaching around 21,000 students, official media in the Gulf state reported.
The schools were handed over to the local authorities in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan, which is based on a directive by UAE president Sheikh Khalifa Al Nahyan is part of a bid to improve educational infrastructure in the area.
Abdullah Al Ghafli, director of the project, said that altogether the project had so far educational facilities worth US$27.6m, accommodating up to 28,000 students.
The UAE has sponsored the construction 35 schools and colleges, two model schools, and 40 primary to secondary schools. It has also built 11 technical, technological and vocational colleges and institutes.
Al Ghafli also announced that they have already started the implementation for construction of two model schools in both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Waziristan, with each school costing US$500,000.
UAE Project to Assist Pakistan focuses on primarily on education, public health, roads and bridges.
The primarily Pashto-speaking Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Waziristan, located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, are two of Pakistan's most impoverished regions. Both share borders with neighbouring Afghanistan.
This is great Gesture by our UAE Brothers .We hope that they will extend further assistance in Pakistan. The people of Pakistan are suffering from various problems and those who are helping in this time are our real brothers .May Allah give more prosperity to UAE and it Rulers