Over 200,000 children to be enrolled in Waseel-e-Taleem programme in KPK

NOWSHERA, Pakistan: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Marvi Memon Tuesday said more than 200,000 children would be enrolled under “Waseela-e-Taleem” programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

About 46,000 children had already been registered in the KPK, she said during a visit to Waseela-e-Haq Registration Center here.

She said the government was committed to focus on educating the youth as no nation could progress without investment in the education sector.

She said more deserving women would be enrolled in the BISP after completion of survey, according to a press release.

It may be added that Waseela-e-Taleem Programme was launched in five pilot districts (Skardu, Mirpur, Malakand protected area, Nushki and Karachi South) as part of initial test phase, in collaboration with education departments of provinces/regions in November 2012.

In two years time, Waseela-e-Taleem has enrolled around 52000 children out of potential 75000 children from among the BISP beneficiary families in the target areas.

The BISP plans to extend the WET Programme `Extended Phase’ into 27 additional districts upon mutual consent with the provincial authorities. Experience in the Pilot Phase gave the project insights that the BISP has incorporated in its extended phase.

In the Pilot Phase the most difficult districts were selected, some in view of the prevailing law and order situation and some in terms of weather conditions.

In the extended phase, therefore, all new districts have been selected in consultation with provincial education departments on the basis of supply capacity assessment.

The BISP is targeting to reach these out of school children within two years by introducing the stipend amount to encourage the beneficiary families for sending their children in school instead of involving in child labour. The BISP is aiming to reduce the child labour and to increase the human development by extending WET programme in 27 new districts.

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The BISP stipend amount will not only increase the enrolment numbers in primary school but will also reduce the drop-out ratio of currently attending school children.

Source: APP

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