Australia, Gilgit Baltistan’s joint education initiative launched
ISLAMABAD: The Australian High Commission in Islamabad and the local government of Gilgit Baltistan launched the ‘Gilgit-Baltistan Education Strategy 2016-2030’, which aims to provide equal opportunities to boys and girls regarding education.
Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson, Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Mir Ghazanfar and Gilgit-Baltistan Education Minister Muhammad Ibrahim Sanai launched the project at the 8th meeting of Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference. The education strategy was revised as part of the Australian government-funded Gilgit Baltistan Education Development and Improvement Program (EDIP) 2010-2015, Australian High Commission official said.
High Commissioner Adamson said the Australian government was pleased to assist in improving the accessibility and quality of education in the most remote and marginalised communities of Gilgit Baltistan. “Providing equal opportunity for girls and boys to access quality education is critical,” she said.
Adamson said Australia was proud to support Pakistan on the path to building high-performing and inclusive education systems. She said education helps individuals, families, communities and nations in achieving their aspirations. Australia has demonstrated global leadership on education equality, particularly for girls and children with disabilities, she added. High Commissioner Adamson recently visited three schools supported through EDIP, as well as a teacher training facility. Over 100 schools across Gilgit-Baltistan are supported as part of EDIP. The Australian government through its aid program has undertaken substantial investment in strengthening basic education in Pakistan. Over the last decade, Australia has invested AUD 128 million in strengthening education systems in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. Australia’s education assistance focuses on promoting equality, improving quality of education and strengthening education systems. Australia is currently supporting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s education reform agenda through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Program (KESP), in partnership with Department for International Development (DFID).