ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): The three-day, International School Safety Conference concluded here on Saturday.
International participants presented a set of practical recommendations for submission to the Federal Government as well as to private stake-holders to build Safe Schools to ensure protection and safety of our future generations.
The conference was organized as part of Golden Jubilee celebrations commemorating fifty years of Imamat of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan in which a number of initiatives, programmes and developmental projects are being organized both nationally and internationally.
Participants of the conference included representatives of agencies of United Nations, the World Bank Group, BASIN Network, ADPC, the Swiss Development Agency, Austrian Development Association, Institute of Architects Pakistan, Ministry of Education, various agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, as well as participants from local, international and government agencies.
In his concluding remarks, Hafiz Sherali, Chairman Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan, highlighted the work of the Aga Khan Development Network and its experience in handling challenging situations and building partnerships with civil societies and government.
The participants also observed a moment of silence in memory of those who have lost their lives in recent earthquakes.
Addressing the audience, Mr.Sherali said that, ?in order to transform the recommendations of the conference made by the experts into action, I would like to announce that in collaboration with East Midland Housing Limited, a private Foundation in United Kingdom, this year “we plan to retrofit five schools and 40 houses in rural communities”.
The organizers of the conference the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan and Focus Humanitarian Assistance, thanked their sponsors, government and non-government partners for their commitment, support and encouragement in making the conference a success.
They reiterated their conviction for taking the school safety initiative forward in their institutional programming across Pakistan and neighboring regions.
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