Alif Ailaan Caravan to ensure Children Education in KPK

Following the launch of a province-wide enrolment drive, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and the provincial Education Ministry in partnership with Alif Ailaan travelled to the districts of Haripur, Mansera and Abbotabad to encourage communities to enrol all their children in school.

AliAilaanCaravanThe Alif Ailaan Taleemi Karavan, the first initiative of its kind in KP, was well received wherever it stopped on its two-day journey. More than 4000 people joined in the caravan’s activities.

Provincial Education Secretary Joudat Ayaz accompanied the caravan. “There are approximately 1.5 to 2 million children between 5 and 9 years of age who are out of school in KP”, he said. “The government plans to enrol 0.5 million children during this enrolment drive. We have a two-pronged approach, as I am not only focused on enrolment but also on hiring teachers against all vacant positions by the end of December so there are sufficient teachers to cater to the new students.”

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 losing precious time.

According to the Alif Ailaan District Education Rankings, Kohistan is the lowest-ranking district in KP with a net enrolment rate of 16% for primary school-aged girls and 36% for boys. This is followed by Tor Garh, Shangla, Dera Ismail Khan and Tank. The highest-ranking district is Haripur, with a net enrolment rate of 85% for primary school-aged girls and 82% for boys. Even so, according to Umar Khan Kundi, EDO, Haripur there are still 30,000 children out of school in the district.

Today marked the end of the first phase of the caravan journey through KP but the campaign goes on as the caravan will visit subsequent districts throughout September and October.

“We laud the efforts of the KP government and other administrations that have shown 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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