The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has revived the passion of learning in the low-income families and motivated them to send their children to PEF partner schools where education is totally free for them. Because of its immaculate performance, this Foundation has emerged as the most successful model of public private partnership which has also strengthened the low-cost partner schools in a number of ways.MD PEF Tariq Mahmood said this while giving briefing to Brig. Muhammad Afzal of Army Education Core at his office. Different program directors were also present on the occasion.Tariq Mahmood said that PEF sponsored educational models have been designed and launched keeping in view specific educational needs and socio-economic milieu of the deserving students who need support to study. These educational models are launched in collaboration with the private schools, and as a result of consistent support and encouragement of the foundation; the number of beneficiary students has risen to two million now. This situation shows that there is tremendous passion for learning in the children, and they take full benefit of every opportunity provided to them for education, he added.He said that PEF has also introduced different initiatives for improving overall educational environment of partner schools, adding that capacity building of teachers is especially prioritized. PEF is paying monthly grants ranging from Rs. 550 to Rs.1100 per student to the school partners, besides providing free textbooks to the students.Tariq Mahmood informed that children with minor disabilities are also offered free education in the partner schools. This is helping them to confidently grow up along-with able-bodied students.
25 Jul 2016