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European Union Provides (approx) 1 Billion Rupees for Education in Sindh.

ISLAMABAD, January 05, 2010 (Frontier Star ): The European Union (EU) has released 8.5 million (more than 1 billion Pakistani Rupees) to the Government of Pakistan. This was communicated by EU Charg dAffaires, Mr. Tomas Niklasson, to Mr. Sibtain Fazal Aleem, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan, through a letter dated 4 January 2010. The above-mentioned payment by the EU is the second tranche of its sector budget support set at 39,000,000 (equivalent to approximately 4.87 billion Pakistani Rupees) for the Sindh Education Reforms Programme (SERP) to be disbursed over the period 2007-11. The SERP is sector budget support provided as part of the European Unions efforts to make a sustainable contribution to the education sector in Pakistan. The overall objective of the European Unions contribution to SERP is poverty alleviation in the Province of Sindh through progress in achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals. The purpose of the programme is to improve the capacity at school, district and provincial levels to deliver quality elementary education services in an equitable way. It will particularly target those communities that have benefited the least from economic growth by granting them access to an acceptable standard of education. The level of assistance from the EU clearly indicates the key importance attached by the EU to education for the further development of Pakistan. The support is given in the context of the EU-Pakistan Development Co-operation Programme, under which the EU now has current grant commitments to Pakistan totalling over 200 million (more than 25 billion Pakistani Rupees).

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