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Girls get a chance in Neelum Valley, Kashmir

Islamabad, July 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): A new public high school for girls was inaugurated in Kashmir on 3 July 2013, funded by the Norwegian Embassy. It gives the chance to 500 girls to have a decent education in proper facilities, even though they live far up in the mountainous area of Kashmir.

Not far from the highest peak in this part of Kashmir; Makrah, you will find a beautiful mountainous area close the Neelum Valley. Here people live in rich green areas with water running in the valley-beds, but life is tough during the winter season, and the houses hang on to steep mountain slopes.

Girls living in such environment often have an extra challenge to get higher education because they seldom are allowed to go to the bigger cities, where high schools for girls are more common. Therefore it is of particular importance to focus on making available higher education’s for girls in such areas, compared the building high schools for boys, who are more likely to get permission to live apart from the family at early age.

The Norwegian Embassy has funded the construction of such a school in Rajpian village. The inauguration took place on 3 July 2013 and the whole village was there to celebrate with us. Even if was summer holidays and schools were closed, all the girls were in their class-rooms to greet us. Responsible partner for this project has been The Bulandi-Welfare organisation and its president Mr. Javeid Ahmed, President-Bulandi Welfare organization.

For more information, contact:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad
House No. 25, Street No. 19, Sector F-6/2
P.O. Box 1336
Islamabad
Pakistan
Telephone: +92-51-2279720-4
Fax: +92-51-2279726 / +92-51-2279729
E-Mail: emb.islamabad@mfa.no

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