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P&G and READ Foundation inaugurate second seismic compliant school in remote area of Muzaffarabad

Lamnian, Muzaffarabad-June 2, 2008: The largest school was inaugurated today in Lamnian village, located some 50 kilometers from main Muzaffarabad city. The school will educate 150 students in a safe, seismic-compliant structure, among whom 6 orphaned children will get free education. The school has been established under “Safe Schooling For Building Futures” - a joint partnership of P&G Pakistan and READ Foundation, which is the largest educational organization working in the area.
This school follows in the wake of overwhelming success of the first P&G-READ Foundation School in Muzaffarabad, which is now one of the largest schools in Azad Kashmir. The P&G-READ Foundation School at Lamnian is housed in beautiful pre-fabricated classrooms equipped with syllabi-based modern teaching and learning resources. It was jointly inaugurated by Sardar Farooq Tahir, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, AJK, Yassin Attas, P&G’s External Relations Director for Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan and P&G Pakistan’s Country Manager, Qaisar Shareef. Total contribution from P&G Pakistan to this project to date exceeds Rs. 17 million, and, with this new school, the total number of children who have been enrolled in this joint venture exceed 1250.

Speaking at the occasion, Sardar Farooq Tahir said: “It is heartening to note that P&G and READ Foundation continue with their commitment to support underprivileged children and provide long term rehabilitation in the areas devastated by the powerful earthquake in October 2005”. He encouraged the corporate sector and the philanthropic community to come forward and support the process of revitalizing and reconstruction so that survivors could stand on their feet in the shortest possible time.

Premised on the notion “Safe Schooling For Building Futures”, this P&G Pakistan and READ Foundation partnership entails cash contributions and providing support to READ Foundation for rebuilding of schools, providing training to teachers and supporting extra-curricular activities. This is for the first time after the earthquake that children in the remote village of Lamnian are to benefit from a quality education in a safe environment, which brings in the modern classroom resources and trained teachers with extensive professional experience.

"P&G believes that every child should have access to high-quality education,” said the P&G’s External Relations Director for Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan, Mr. Yassin Attas. “The opening of a school at Lamnian is yet another step in our global efforts to provide children in high-need communities with as much support and assistance as possible to get a healthy start that builds a strong foundation for their lifelong success,” he maintained.

Commenting on the occasion, the P&G Country Manager Qaisar Shareef said that the “Safe Schooling for Building Futures” campaign brings to life P&G’s social promise and commitment to touching lives and improving life every day, and ensures that the community can reap benefits from the educational initiative in years to come. Besides financial assistance, the P&G employees have the honor to devote themselves physically as well for the completion of this school. 30 passionate employees exhibited their commitment for the children by painting the school walls, planting trees, decorating classrooms and above all engaging with the children to arouse learning spirit among them while consoling them to end the horrific affects of the earthquake”, he disclosed.

“Today, we are turning our quake-razed schools again into a place that children can be proud of and where they can learn in a safe and congenial environment,” said Chairman READ Foundation, Mahmood Ahmed. He emphasized that there is an urgent need to build the lives of these earthquake-affected communities through education as path to progress and development goes through the corridors of education.
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