Muzaffarabad: (Parliament Times) The Prime Minister AJ&K, Raja Farooq Haider, today, 8thOctober 2020 inaugurated the State of the art, Govt. Girls High School (GGHS) Plate Muzaffarabad, reconstructed at cost of Pak Rs. 51 million by SERRA/ERRA with the financing support from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).
The ceremony was held at the GGHS Plate, with Prime Minister AJK, as a Chief Guest. The Minister, Elementary & Secondary Education Barrister Iftikhar Gillani, Secretary SERRA, Mr. Amjad Pervaiz Khan, Secretary Elementary & Secondary Education Zahid Khan Abbasi,Prime Minister Monitoring & Implementation Commission & Member ERRA Board, Mir Zahid Amin, & Abid Ghani Mir Director SERRA AJ&K Government Officials, Deputy Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Mr.Abdul Salam, IsDB Group Representative in Pakistan, Mr.Inamullah Khan, and a large number of the students and teachers attended the ceremony.
Addressing the Ceremony, the Prime Minister AJ&K said that today, we are celebrating 15th Remembrance day of the catastrophic earthquake of October 8, 2005 that resulted in major devastation including valuable loss of lives and injuries (46,570 deaths and 33,136 people injured) with public and private infrastructure destructed in AJ&K. On this occasion the Prime Minister appreciated the overwhelming response from the national and international community through their relief, recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation activities that helped the State to accommodate and compensate the losses to bring back normalcy to the life in earthquake affected areas with the state of the art reconstructed facilities.
Education sector was the worst affected in terms of human and infrastructure losses. 2798 educational institutions were badly damaged/affected by the earthquake including the GGHS Plate. The Prime Minister AJ&K thanked the Secretary General OIC and President IsDB for the generous support extended to the GoAJ&K for reconstruction of GGHS Plate. The IsDB has also assisted in reconstruction of more than 315 schools throughout AJK as well as improving the quality of education.
The DG/Secretary SERRA briefed the Prime Minister about reconstruction ofGGHS Plate with the support of OIC and IsDB that can accommodate over 400 students from primary up to high school level. M/S NESPAKprovided design &implementation supervision services while M/S Muhammad Imran & Co. constructed the school building. The total covered area of the school is 20,040 Sft including 10 Class Rooms with a block of 10 Washrooms, one each Principal Office, Admin Office, Staff Room, Science Lab, Computer Lab, and Library. The project also provided furniture, laboratory and computer equipment and consultancy services for these facilities.
The teachers and students of the school highly appreciated the Govt. of AJK and OIC-IsDB support for reconstruction of state of the art seismic resistant school with provision of furniture & equipment, which will motivate them alike to improve the teaching and learning conditions/outcomes.
It was also highlighted that the Elementary & Secondary Education (E&SE) Department, GoAJK is implementing two IsDB assisted education Projects at a cost of USD 51.35 million with 106 schools completed while remaining 209 schools are at different stages of construction and to be completed by 2021. Pakistan, being the second largest beneficiary of IsDB, with overall Portfolio of over US$ 13 billion in the Energy, Transport, Health and Education Sectors, besides promoting trade development through import of Petroleum Products & LNG.
The Prime Minister AJ&K conveyed his appreciations and gratitude to the OIC and IsDB for the generous assistance for seismic resistant construction of GGHS Plate and for contributions to the revival of the education sector in AJ&K.