Floods damaged 10,407 educational institutes


The unprecedented floods in last two years damaged a total of 10,407 educational institutions in around 90 affected districts of the country.
Of the total damaged schools, 3741 were destroyed fully and 6,666 partially. Moreover, around 32,000 teachers and 1.04 million students have been affected by the floods. According to a report of Society for the Rights of the Child (SPARC), Sindh faced the largest destruction as a total number of 5,655 educational institutions were affected. While in Punjab 2,817 schools were destroyed, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, FATA, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan with 915, 557, 176, 194 and 81 schools, respectively.
The report manifests that the two worst affected provinces in terms of numbers of schools destroyed are Sindh and Punjab, whereas 18.5 percent and 8.8 percent of the pre flood educational facilities have been damaged or destroyed. This is followed by 12.9 percent and 5.6 percent of pre-flood facilities damaged in Balochistan and KP.
Talking to APP, SPARC Child Coordinator Shaista Kiran said the total damage and loss for Pakistan’s educational institutions has been estimated at Rs 26.464 billion. She said Sindh is considered as the most affected with figures amounting to Rs 13.354 billion followed by Punjab with Rs 7.881 billion and KP with Rs 2.859 billion damage and loss in Balochistan is Rs 775.5 million and for AJK, FATA and GB, it was Rs 842.3 million, Rs 414.8 million and Rs 336.2 million, respectively.