ISLAMABAD    -   Educationists and experts have stressed on rehabilitating and re­building the education infrastruc­ture destroyed in the recent floods to minimize the learning losses. 

They were addressing during a cross-sectoral virtual conver­sation on “Defending Education Against Climate Change”, orga­nized by the STEAM Policy Unit of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training here Friday. 

Strong public-private partner­ship models, development and im­plementation of a comprehensive remedial and accelerated learning program, and international com­mitment to rebuild the destroyed educational infrastructure on war footing were some of the solutions put forward by the experts to en­sure nimble access to education for the displaced children.

“From our conversations with the Punjab Education Department, we came to know that it takes around Rs. 12 million to rebuild one school. This means we need a whopping Rs. 216 billion to re­build 18,000 schools destroyed in the recent floods.” This sobering reality was shared by senior edu­cation expert and author of ‘Teach­ers, Bureaucracy and Politicians’, Javed Ahmed Malik. Focusing on the infrastructural damages and the looming specter of learning losses, international Education Ac­tivist, Moiz Hussain shared, “From the initial reports, over 3.5 million children have been affected by the floods. The biggest challenge we faced during the Covid-19 pan­demic was the learning losses due to prolonged school closures.”