The Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain, announced on Friday that Pakistan has the most out-of-school children (OOSC) in the entire globe.
According to UNICEF statistics, 22.8 million Pakistani children between the ages of 5 and 16 do not attend school, making about 44 percent of the country’s population in this age group.
With 11.4 million adolescents aged 10 to 14 having no formal education beyond elementary school, the number of OOSCs doubles, and there are also significant differences according on geography, socioeconomic status, and gender.
The government has a lofty goal of getting all 70,000 students back in Islamabad’s classrooms by June 30 in order to remedy the problem. According to Tanveer, the administration is making a lot of effort to enrol these kids.
In order to accomplish this, the administration in Islamabad has launched a brand-new initiative called “Schools on Wheels” that educates students in outlying areas.
With modern amenities like bathrooms and services, buses have been transformed into mobile classrooms. The World Bank applauded this effort and promised to donate 30 buses to this deserving cause.
As instructed by Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif, the government also plans to expand this scheme to kids in Balochistan and Sindh’s flood-affected districts. Other provinces are welcome to get assistance from the government as long as they supply the buses.