The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has launched mobile schooling project for the nomad tribes, dwelling in the vast Cholistan desert spreading over three districts in the Bahawalpur division.

Under this project, which is launched in collaboration with the Cholistan Development Authority, 10 mobile schools will start working from January 2016. A target of providing free quality education to more than 10,000 nomad children has been envisaged.

Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Engr Qamarul Islam Raja stated while addressing the lunching of the project at Kotanwain Wali in Cholistan the other day.

State Education Minister Balighur Rehman, MD Cholistan Development Authority Naeem Iqbal Syed as well as local notables attended the ceremony in large numbers.

The PEF chairman said that monthly salary, motor bikes as well as petrol facility would be provided to the teachers hired for this project. These teachers will give education to children of local nomads near to their houses, adding that free textbooks would also be provided to the students.

This project is the first of its kind as free quality education would be provided to students at their doorsteps. He said that PEF is already providing free education to more than 6,000 Cholistani children through a network of 75 partner schools in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan districts.

He hoped that both the projects would not only promote school education but would also be helpful in alleviating poverty.

Mr Raja said that the PEF is the largest free education program in the province which has promoted education at the grassroots through its private partners. He said the PEF has been tasked to education 2.8 million needy children by 2018. He said the Punjab government is making all-out efforts to ensure 100 percent enrolment under its three year ‘Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab’ programme.

In his address State Minister Balighur Rehman lauded the role of PEF in education-promotion while the CDA MD also spoke on the occasion.