Stage II is being carried out to set up and upgrade 3 colleges and 4 new women's rehabilitation centers at a total cost of $14.4 million. Educational projects were carried out in a number of regions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South Waziristan, Bajaur and Mohmand Agency, where students had lost their schools and had to make an exhaustive trip on a daily basis in order to reach schools in remote locations. Under the plan carried out by the U.A.E. to upgrade primary, higher and academic education in Pakistan, newly built schools, colleges and institutes were equipped with the latest educational aids and academic and computer labs to enable students to learn modern science on the latest equipment from primary up to higher-studies stages. Workshops equipped with practical and technical training equipment and all the requirements for diploma-level students were also provided. Schools built in those regions represent a huge contribution by the UAE. The generous humanitarian initiatives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa played an active role in the academic and cultural rehabilitation and upgrading of the individual - a role these educational institutions will pursue and extend to a new generation of the Pakistani people - one adequately capable of meeting future challenges. Swat-based Women Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre (WVTRC) The Women Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre (WVTRC), the first of its kind, was set up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a total cost of $481,649. The 25,000 square feet centre was equipped with the latest specialist machines and equipment to train women in sewing, embroidery, leather ware, design and decoration. The centre also offers training courses in designing artifacts, sewing and tailoring, beauty and wax making, cooking and first aid. The centre serves to empower Swati women and help them run their houses financially by acquiring modern training-based skills. Upon female trainees' request, and to ensure their safe travel from and to the centre in difficult conditions, a new bus was gifted by UAE PAP management to alleviate their suffering.