USAID to fund rebuilding of schools hit by flooding, militancy in KP
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
would receive $25 million assistance from United States Agency for International Development for reconstruction of damaged school buildings in its flood and militancy affected areas other than Malakand, official sources said.
The provincial government and USAID signed an 'activity agreement' a few days ago on the basis of which school buildings damaged by floods and forces of Evil in areas other than Malakand division would be reconstructed, a well placed official told Dawn on Monday.
"The number of schools to be reconstructed with this money would be known once we determine our needs following an assessment exercise that would be carried out in the near future," he said.
In this regard, according to sources, the elementary and secondary education department and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) will work together to assess the damaged schools that are to be reconstructed in the flood and militancy affected parts of the province other than Malakand division.
More than 11,000 schools were damaged in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as a result of the 2010 devastating flood, rendering a large number of students without education facilities.
While a large number of the partially damaged schools are being reconstructed with funds provided by UK's Department for International Development, bilateral donors, including UAE and Qatar, have also extended financial assistance for reconstructing school buildings.
A PDMA official said that provincial government had undertaken activities on a large scale to reconstruct flood damaged schools in various parts of the province. But there were still many more schools in various parts of the province for which funds were required, he added.
"The joint assessment will enable the government to know how many of the flood affected schools remain to be reconstructed following which the government would exactly know how many of the schools would be reconstructed by utilising the fresh $25 million USAID funds," said the official.
The information, once available with the government, would be shared with the donor to chalk out future course of action, the official added.
The $25 million funding line being provided by USAID would be in addition to an identical amount the agency has extended for reconstructing about 110 destroyed school buildings in the militancy affected parts of Malakand division.
A majority of these under-reconstruction school buildings, according to sources, are scheduled to complete by December 31, 2012.
Posted by: Fred