Another enrolment drive kicks off, this time in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Demonstrating its commitment to education, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and provincial Education Ministry today launched a province-wide mid-year enrolment campaign to make sure that every child is in school.
“For the state of education I have no hesitation using the word ‘sharamnak’,” said Imran Khan, PTI Chairman. “It is shameful what we have done to education in a country full of Muslims for whom education is a religious and moral obligation,” he said.
Alif Ailaan, a campaign that seeks to put education at the front and centre of public discourse in Pakistan, supported the initiative and rolled out its Taleemi Karavan to express solidarity with the government’s mission and to encourage communities to enrol their children.
“The KP government is not only sensitive to the high number of out-of-school children but also to the quality of education that children in school are receiving,” said Parvez Khattak, Chief Minister KP. “We are committed to enrolling every last child in KP and we are committed to ensuring that they all receive a quality education,” he said.
According to Provincial Education Secretary Joudat Ayaz, currently there are approximately 1.5 to 2 million children between 5-9 years of age out of school in KP. The government plans to enrol 0.5 million children during this drive.
“In the first phase, our focus will be on enrolling entrants aged 5 years,” said the Secretary. “In the second phase, children up to the age of 9 will be admitted to non-formal schools.”
Following its success in Punjab, the Alif Ailaan Taleemi Karavan will begin the first phase of its journey through KP, travelling to three districts. The caravan will visit subsequent districts throughout September and October.
The mid-year enrolment season is critical because it allows children to be enrolled who may otherwise not be brought into the education system until the beginning of next year, thus wasting precious time.
The KP enrolment drive follows similar initiatives earlier this month in Punjab, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
“We laud the efforts of the KP government and other administrations that have showing seriousness about addressing the education emergency,” said Mosharraf Zaidi, Alif Ailaan Team Leader. “However, the political leadership needs to ensure that these efforts are sustained over years to come, and that efforts are simultaneously launched to keep children from dropping out.”
It is estimated that at the current rate of progress, KP will achieve universal enrolment in the year 2064.
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