Pak signs Covid-19 grant worth $19.85m with WB

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – November 26, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The economic affairs minister (EAM) Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar witnessed the signing ceremony of grant agreement “Covid-19 Response, Recovery and Resilience in Education Project” worth $19.85 million with the World Bank (WB), on Wednesday.

According to a press release, the economic affairs secretary (EAS) Noor Ahmed signed grant agreement on behalf of the government of Pakistan (GoP) while WB country director Najy Benhassine signed grant agreement on behalf of the WB, at the economic affairs ministry, in the federal capital.

The project is aimed to strengthen and support federal and provincial actions in the education sector to better respond and recover from the Covid-19 (coronavirus) crises in the short term; and; to lay the foundation for resilience to face future crisis, with a focus on disadvantage areas and vulnerable populations.

The project interventions will help the government to ensure learning continuity in the country through expansion of national distance learning content and distribution of learning material in lagging areas, protect the students’ and teachers’ health, safety and wellbeing, designing and implementing distance learning competency standards, promote safe schools, support teachers and students to prepare for the recovery through delivery of teacher training and better coordination across provinces.

The EAM Bakhtyar, thanked the WB country management for extending their continuous support to the GoP in its efforts to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic issue.

WB country director Benhassine assured his organisation’s continuous support to the GoP in achieving the priority development objectives.