Official launch of “Girls Right to Education in Pakistan” programme
UNESCO and the Government of Pakistan are launching a three-year programme aimed at increasing enrolment and improving retention and quality of learning for girls in eight remote districts of Pakistan.
As of October 2015 the Government of Pakistan and UNESCO will embark upon a three year programme aimed at increasing enrollment and improving retention and quality of learning for girls in eight remote districts of Pakistan with particularly low enrollment and poor retention rate of girls at primary level. The programme will be implemented in all four provinces (Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh) and four federal areas (Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit-Baltistan).
The programme emphasis will be on mobilization of local communities in favor of girls’ primary education, enhancing retention through improvement in learning environment and strengthening capacities of provincial/ area and district education officials in particular to plan and implement programmes aimed at closing the gender gap and encouraging community participation in school management affairs. In a larger context, the capacity building efforts will focus on enabling the government officials to better carry out their roles as duty bearers in the post- devolution context under the 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan.