ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has decided to extend financial support of $163,165 to the Ameer Begum Welfare Trust (ABWT) for the construction of a girls’ school in Okara. For this purpose, Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Hiroshi OE and ABWT Chairwoman Robina Shaheen Wattoo signed an agreement on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, who is also the ABWT pattern-in-chief, was also present at the signing ceremony as the chief guest.
According to the agreement, the grant would be utilised for the construction of the school building and procurement of school material and playground equipment. The school will provide free education, uniforms and textbooks to students. According to the agreement, the institution will cater to educational needs of approximately 300 needy students of Okara and its surroundings. In addition, this project would contribute to improving the standard of education in the area, it said, adding that the project would also help promote education among girls. At the signing ceremony, Ambassador OE said that promoting education among girls was one of the top priorities of Japan’s assistance policy towards Pakistan.