Over 20 million children out of schools in Pakistan: NCHD

KARACHI, Pakistan: The Chairperson National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Razina Alam Khan has said that around 57 million adults are illiterate in Pakistan and 24 million children are out of schools.

She stated this while briefing a meeting held between the NCHD and steering committee of Pakistan Human Development Fund (PHDF).

The meeting was held at a local hotel here and was chaired by Chairperson of NCHD Razina Alam Khan along with Chairperson, PHDF, Dr Nadira Panjwani, said a press release on Friday.

NCHD and PHDF are all committed to eradicate illiteracy from the country.

Razina Alam further briefed the meeting that under the vision 2025 literacy rate is planned to be increased to 100% and enrolment rate to be increased to 90% and task to develop the plan of Action in this regard has been given to NCHD by Ministry of Planning and Development.

The meeting was informed that PC-1 to establish 12,000 literacy centres for adult education and basic skill training has been approved.

A proposal was submitted in the meeting by NCHD for the purpose of establishing a National Training Institute with the objective to train the master teachers of literacy centres and develop research based modules and training materials.

Steering committee of Human Development Fund praised the working of NCHD and pledged full support for all projects.

Moreover, Human Development Fund also ensured support in starting another 2,000 Literacy Centres for Adult education by NCHD.

Chairperson PHDF Dr Nadira Panjwani said “it’s our collective failure that we missed millennium development goals and now it’s our collective responsibility to eradicate illiteracy from the country”.

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Source: APP

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