Islamabad, February 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Nancy Izzo Jackson visited Bokra Government School for Boys at I-12 Settlement, Islamabad on February 2 and met with Afghan refugee students. During the visit, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) briefed Deputy Assistant Secretary about the school that started accepting Afghan students in 2016 after advocacy by UNHCR. The Bokra Government School is the only government primary school located in the vicinity of I-12 Afghan settlement that offers free education from Kindergarten to Grade five.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Izzo Jackson appreciated the notion that the number of Afghan refugee students has increase at the school, and the school is also encouraging girls’ enrolment due to non-availability of girls’ school in the vicinity.

The United States is pleased to be the largest, single-country contributor to UNHCR, she said, adding that the U.S. government has been working with UNHCR to support the projects that enhance educational opportunities for Afghan and Pakistani children, strengthen cultural ties, and build a shared future between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

UNHCR representatives informed Izzo Jackson that it has obtained the approval from Federal Directorate of Education Islamabad for construction of extra class rooms in the school while the design of building has already been devised and the consultant has been identified through call-of-interest to monitor the progress of the construction.

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