ISLAMABAD - Schoolchildren, their parents, teachers and community members in Dera Allah Yar area of Jaffarabad District in Balochistan gathered at a school for a day packed with fun-filled activities, as part of a community funfair hosted by the US Agency for International Development.

The daylong funfair was aimed at promoting girls' empowerment and fulfilment of their right to education, while also highlighting US assistance for the people of Balochistan, said a statement issued here by the USAID.

Chief Guest on the occasion, Sohail Anwar Hashmi, deputy commissioner of Jaffarabad said, “We are extremely thankful to [the] USAID for supporting the people of Balochistan, especially through girls’ education, which will ultimately benefit our whole society,” he said.

The Women Development Community Organisation (WDCO), Chief Executive Officer, Hanif Rind reiterated: “Every child has the right to quality education and safe access to lifelong learning. Through USAID’s support we are now able to fulfil the dreams of so many girls from Jaffarabad and surrounding local communities.” The funfair was part of series of similar events hosted by the USAID across remote areas of the country.

It featured various engaging activities for families, including tableaus, stand-up comedy, and cultural performances, puppet shows with a focus on children’s education, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by the community.

Children were particularly excited to participate in competitions including singing, drawing and poetry, which also aimed to serve as a confidence-building exercise.

“I’m very excited to attend this funfair with my friends and family. I have never attended an activity like this before and it has taught me a lot of new things,” said Farzana, a 12-year-old student of Government Higher Secondary School, Jaffarabad.

Sakina Bibi, a mother of five daughters said: “Activities like this help our community better understand the rights of our daughters and the need to educate them.”

The USAID has helped improve access to education and retention of children in schools, especially girls, in remote areas across all provinces, including Balochistan.

Under a grant to the WDCO in Jaffarabad, four middle schools have been established for girls who were previously unable to continue their education due to lack of middle schools in their district.