The Ministry of Planning and Development in Pakistan is taking action to address the crisis of children who are out of school.
Pakistan's issue of out-of-school children and low enrollment rates is a pressing matter that demands immediate attention.
Pakistan's issue of out-of-school children and low enrollment rates is a pressing matter that demands immediate attention. The Ministry of Planning and Development has taken decisive steps towards addressing this problem. Pakistan has one of the highest numbers of out-of-school children in the world, with an alarming 22.8 million children aged 5-16 years affected.
While progress in providing access to education has been made, it has been slower than in other developing countries. However, the federal and provincial governments are developing a national action plan to tackle this issue head-on. A Universal Enrollment Pilot Project will soon be launched in the capital, with the potential for replication in other areas.
Furthermore, creating a national out-of-school children fund will provide performance-based cash grants to improve education outcomes. To reduce dropout rates, a virtual schooling system will be introduced. It is crucial to take prompt action to ensure every child in Pakistan has access to education.