Prince William and Kate Duke and Duchess of Cambridge start Pakistan tour with school visit

Mail Online | 10/14/2019 | Rebecca English Royal Correspondent In Islamabad For The Daily Mail
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are embarking on the first full day of their tour of Pakistan by highlighting the importance of education with a school visit.

The couple are visiting the Islamabad Model College for Girls in the capital, touring classrooms and posing for a group picture with some of the young students, ranging from kindergarten age students to sixth formers.

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The visit is designed to champion the importance of quality education, and highlight how girls benefit from pursuing higher education and professional careers.

Kate dazzled crowds as she stepped out in a traditional blue kurta and scarf by local designer Maheen Khan, while William opted for a casual shirt and trousers to stay cool in the Pakistan heat.

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The Cambridges pulled up tiny chairs so they could sit and chat to pupils in their classroom at the school, which also teaches young boys.

The Government-run school in central Islamabad, which educates students between the ages of 4 and 18, was established in 1978.

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It currently benefits from the 'Teach for Pakistan' programme, a fast-track teacher training programme modelled on the UK's successful 'Teach First' scheme, which is focused on improving the quality of teaching in schools which serve families from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mohammed Sohailkhan, area education officer, explained that the quality of education, particularly for girls, varied across the country.

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'In recent years there has been gradual progress in understanding how important education is for girls and young women. There is a realisation of what it can mean in terms of jobs and prospects,' he said.

particularly in rural regions, where there has traditionally been cultural barriers towards this, noteably in terms of sending girls away to college. But these barriers are slowly being broken down. '

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