An education initiative in Pakistan and a road project in India will benefit from World Bank support.
The Washington-based lender is offering an assistance package worth $400 million to help boost the access, quality and relevance of education at every level in Pakistan. Of the amount, $300 million will be used to improve tertiary education by addressing gaps in the sector including low and inequitable access, income and regional disparities, poor quality and relevance of programs and research performance, and weak governance.
Another $50 million will help to encourage more children in Punjab to go to school by providing free textbooks, stipends to secondary school girls, and subsidies to low-cost private schools. The remaining $50 million will go to an education sector reform program in Sindh.
In India, the World Bank is lending $350 million to rehabilitate 1,231 kilometers of road in the Karnataka state. The project also seeks to improve road safety and management, and attract private sector financing.
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