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Prime Minister Inaugurates Literacy Center
on Occasion of International Literacy Day

Associated Press of Pakistan
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

PESHAWAR, September 8 (APP): Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday inaugurated a Literacy Center set up by National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) here on the occasion of International Literacy Day.The Literacy Center inaugurated by the Prime Minister is part of NCHD’s mega project aimed at increasing adult literacy rate.

NWFP Governor, Awais Ahmad Ghani, Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti, Federal Minister for Information, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senior Ministers including Bashir Bilour and Rahim Dad and officials of NCHD were also present on the occasion.

At the inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister was briefed by Chairman NCHD, MNA Nafisa Shah that under the project about 13600 Non Formal Community Schools would be set up with focus on increasing literacy rate, especially of women folk and in rural areas of the country.

These community schools would be set up in all the 134 districts of the country, FATA, FANA and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), she added.

The objective of the project is to create awareness among people that Adult Literacy is essential and is first step towards learning.

The government, she added, had already made an allocation of Rs. Seven billion for next three years for the project. The project would provide employment opportunity about 50,000 youth, especially of rural areas.



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