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Japan contributes US$ 4 million to support returnees in FATA, Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Press Release March 2, 2016 ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan today announced a total contribution of US$ 16 million to UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) agencies in Pakistan. That includes a total of US$ 13 million to support Returnees in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and US$3 million to sup ...

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UNHCR handovers three schools under RAHA programme to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government

Press Release 26 February, 2016 HARIPUR: As part of the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) completed a two-year RAHA education project in the refugee hosting area of the Kalabat Township, district Haripur. The project, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) Development Bank, has strengthened the existing infrast ...

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Empowering youth through education, skills development is key to stability and sustainable development: UNHCR

Press Release 25 February, 2016 QUETTA: UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner Mr. George Okoth-Obbo stressed the need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to empower youth through education and skills development as an essential element of stability and sustainable development. “Investing in Pakistani and Afghan youth equals to investment in resilience, stability and future prosperity of both countries,” ...

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Malala congratulates Aqeela Asifi for being selected as a top ten finalist for Global Teacher Award

Press Release 19 Feb, 2016 ISLAMABAD: Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai congratulated Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee teacher for being selected as a top ten finalist for Global Teacher Award. “I am very happy and pray you win the Global Teacher Award,” said the Nobel Laureate while speaking with Aqeela Asifi on the phone. She said Aqeela’s commitment as a teacher in the face of adversity to making education ...

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UNHCR pays tributes to Afghan refugee teacher who makes it to the Top 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize

Press Release 18 Feb, 2016 ISLAMABAD: The Representative of UNHCR in Pakistan Mr. Indrika Ratwatte congratulated and paid rich tribute to Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee teacher who has been included in the top 10 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016. The Afghan refugee teacher, who teaches children at the Kot Chandana refugee camp, Punjab also won the prestigious 2015 UNHCR Nansen ...

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Afghan refugee teacher from Pakistan makes it to the Top 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2016

Press Release 17 Feb 2016 ISLAMABAD: Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee teacher, who teaches children at the Kot Chandana refugee camp, Punjab, has been included in the top 10 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016. Aqeela Asifi also won the prestigious 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees. She has been recognised for her brave and ...

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UNHCR hands over completed RAHA projects to provincial authorities

CHAGHI: The UN refugee agency has handed over three different projects, worth Rs.51 million in the areas of health, education and water supply schemes to the provincial authorities of Balochistan, which were upgraded under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) Initiative in Chaghi, Balochistan on Tuesday. The Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative serves as an important vehicle for imp ...

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Educated youth are the ambassadors of peace and prosperity

German sponsored DAFI scholarship offers a lifeline to refugee students globally 25 Afghan refugee DAFI scholars receive their graduation certificates ISLAMABAD: At a prestigious graduation ceremony, exultant Afghan refugee students walked tall as they received scholarship completion certificates under the Deutsche Akademische Flüchtlings Initiative Albert Einstein (DAFI) scholarships in Islamabad. DAFI, th ...

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Yao Chen appeals for better access to basic education for refugee children

18 December, 2015 Press Release ISLAMABAD: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in China, Yao Chen expressed her concerns about the staggering number of out of school Afghan refugee as well as local children in Pakistan. She stressed on the need to adopt a forward-looking approach to providing quality primary education to as many refugee children as possible. Emphasising refugee youth with education and necessary skil ...

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UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Yao Chen stresses on doing more for education

Press Release 16 December 2015 MIANWALI: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in China, Yao Chen today inaugurated the newly constructed classrooms at the Government Elementary School for Boys in Union Council, Khadozai, Mianwali. The school has been upgraded under the UN’s Refugee Affected and Hosting Area (RAHA) initiative funded by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and implemented by the Rural Em ...

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