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Minister - Counsellor Mr Milko Van Gool, Head of the Co-operation Section, EU Delegation to Pakistan and Education Advisor Mr Muhammad Siddique Bhatti attended the closing ceremony of the EU-supported Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Plan Support Programme (KP-ESPSP) in Peshawar on 7 February.
Completed in five year, the EU-funded € 40 million KP-ESPSP project sought to assist the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable and inclusive growth as well as consolidating democracy. The KP-ESPSP also aimed to improve the financial capability of the KP government to achieve its education sector policy objectives, promote education sector policies and reforms, improve service delivery in the Education sector and governance within the education sector.
The KP-ESPSP (May 2014 - Feb 2019) project helped support the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in addressing the challenges present in the education system particularly those around access, governance, PFM, quality and learning outcomes. Particular emphasis was laid on improving quality of the education services delivered through systematising a 'school effectiveness' approach. Through the programme, the quality and access to education - especially for children and girls - is expected to enhance making a positive social and economic contribution.
Acknowledging achievements of the programme, Special Secretary Mr Arshad Khan said, "I am speaking on behalf of people of KP province and request you to convey our gratitude to the people of European Union for providing us funding for places of highest requirement". Mr Khan referred the closing ceremony as "accomplishment event" while assuring on sustaining and continuation of the benefits in result of the assistance provided by the European Union.