The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department in collaboration with its partners launched Annual Enrolment drive to enrol 700,000 Out-of-School Children across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2019. During the ceremony, Hon. Federal Minister of Education, Shafqat Mahmood enrolled 50 OOSC and set the enrolment target of 2019. The event was organized at Shaheed Abdul Azam Government High School in Jamrud area of Khyber tribal district to inaugurate the school enrolment campaign.
The launch witnessed enthusiastic participation of over 350 participants and distinguished guests including Shafqat Mahmood – Federal Minister of Education, Mahmood Khan – Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri – Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Zia Ullah Khan Bangash – Advisor to Chief Minister KP for Education, Iqbal Afridi – MNA, representatives from Elementary and Secondary Education Department, Local leaders, teachers and school students.
“We will build new schools wherever they’re needed and over 6,000 posts of teachers would be created to be filled by local educated youth in tribal districts” said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.
ARC Pakistan being a leading partner of ESED pledged its support to address OOSC crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. After successfully achieving its enrolment target for the year 2018, it will be contributing to the overall enrollment of 700,000 OOSC across KP. By joining hands with UNICEF, National Commission for Human Development and Idara Taleem-o-Agahi, the implementing partners are playing a significant role to promote educational friendly initiatives across KP.
“The federal government is bringing quality educational reforms to educate people including adult illiterate and has begun a literacy program for imparting education in informal schools,” expressed Shafqat Mahmood while highlighting the government’s commitment to addressing OOSC crises.
The community elders and school administration also expressed their interest in sending their children to school and support government initiatives to reverse the educational landscape of most remote tribal areas of KP.