Alight Pakistan provides supplies in 533 schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

As a token of support for the provision of quality education to the marginalized children, Alight Pakistan has provided school supplies/missing facilities in 533 non-formal primary education schools being run by the Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) in ten districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Comprising a plastic mat, a blackboard, a watercooler and enrollment and withdrawal register, these supplies will benefit over 20,000 students enrolled in non-formal schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The government is running the nationwide network of non-formal primary education programme in all provinces and regions of Pakistan, which is named as Basic Education Community Schools. Alight as a partner of BECS has provided the abovementioned items for the facilitation of the learners.

Children, mostly belonging to the poor families especially in the rural and far-flung areas, have been enrolled in the Basic Education Community Schools and literacy centres, who even cannot afford uniforms, shoes and books. The kids’ strength in every Basic Education Community School varies from 25 to 30 where one teacher, preferably female, is responsible for their education by adopting multi-grade teaching methods based on concurrent curriculum. The teachers’ honorarium, learning material and textbooks are provided by the government while the community has to provide the space for the establishment of the non-formal school.

“BECS extend free and flexible learning opportunities to out-of-school and playing an important role in strengthening the education sector at the grassroots level and promote literacy and the provisioning of school supplies and missing facilities will help the children get quality education,” says Dr. Tariq Cheema, Country Representative Alight Pakistan, adding that that the BECS’ non-formal schools are providing great educational opportunities to out-of-school children, especially girls who otherwise would have been deprived of access to education due to poverty and other social taboos.

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