Pakistan highly appreciates China for its timely support: Minister

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 10 (INP) – China is establishing around 50 vocational centers in Pakistan and equipping the youth with technical skills to alleviate scarcity of education resources in the country.

“China always helps Pakistan in difficult times,” Pakistan Minister for Federal education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood said while addressing the school bags distribution ceremony of “Panda Pack Schools Bags” held  at Islamabad Model School for Girls (IMSG).

The ceremony was organized by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in collaboration with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).

Under “Panda Pack Project”, around 20,000 Panda Packs/Schools Bags will be distributed to students in various rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory.

Shafqat Mahmood said “Pakistan and China have a long history of friendship, but now it is deepening and strengthening with the passage of time. Our economic and social cooperation is improving, and interaction between civil societies of the two countries is growing,” he added, “this is indeed a new era in which already good friendship between the two countries is becoming even stronger.”

Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said China was ready to help Pakistan in its ‘Education for All’ project, adding that Chinese companies were willing to channelize more resources for human development in Pakistan.

Abrar ul Haq, chairman of PRCS, said around 61 per cent population of Pakistan lives in rural areas, where educational facilities are in scarcity, thus distribution of school bags among rural students of the federal capital is a highly welcome initiative.

In his speech, PRCS Secretary General Khalid bin Majeed said the PRCS envisages a long and productive partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to keep carrying out such effective and fruitful ventures in future.

China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation Vice President Wang Xingzui said Panda was a symbol of peace in China, and the Panda Packs for the young kids are a token of best wishes and love for the Pakistani nation, reports Gwadar Pro App.