Education in Pakistan

According to the recent statistics, the literacy rate of Pakistan stands at 57%. This includes 50% literacy rate among females. Ironically, anyone who only knows how to write his name is also considered a literate. In fact, the idea of literate Pakistan with the aforementioned criteria of a literate person does not offer a promising future for Pakistan.

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Children studying in a school without walls, roof and furniture.

 

Pakistan is a country where education is not the priority. That is the reason why it only gets a minimal share during budget allocation that is 2%. According to UNESCO, more than 8 million children in Pakistan are out of primary school. Youth that accounts a major chunk of population, 32% of them are uneducated. Apart from that, many governance and management problems have also hampered the education sector. UNESCO notes in its report that teacher absenteeism, untrained teachers/trainers, unavailability of text books and other teaching and learning materials, outdated curriculum and lack of community involvement are among the factors that have contributed towards plaguing the education sector of Pakistan. Furthermore, schools are not equipped with basic necessities of life.

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A ghost school in the province of Sindh, Pakistan.

 

According to Pakistan Education Atlas 2013, around 17% of primary schools across Pakistan operate in single room. Only 49% schools across the country have electricity, 58% have toilet facility and around 64% schools have access to clean drinking water. Amid such situation, Pakistan needs an emergency plan to revamp its education system. However, Shahdara is a town located in the suburbs of Lahore. It is one of the most populated area. However, like any part of the country, the educational problems are the same as mentioned above. In fact, a significant number of people cannot afford to send their children to school.

Mindful of the importance of education and dismal situation on the ground, Ghani Welfare Foundation strives to provide free quality education to the needy and the poor.

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