27 November 2019 (Peshawar): A seminar was organized by ALIGHT Pakistan formerly known as American Refugee Committee to highlight the issues pertaining to out of school children and seek solutions through recommendations. The event was held at Shaheed Usama Zafar Higher Secondary School No. 2 Peshawar city by ALIGHT Pakistan, formerly known as American Refugee Committee. A number of representatives from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department, UN agencies, including UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, Private Schools Regulatory Authority (PSRA), Private School Association (PSA), Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA), international NGOs, philanthropists and civil society representatives, education sector experts including local universities’ vice-chancellors and Parliamentarians participated.

The seminar was attended by more than 120 participants from the education sector. Mr. Zia Ullah Bangash, Advisor to Chief Minister on Education KP, was the Chief Guest of the event. Mr. Shaukat Yousafzai, Information Minister KP, also graced the occasion. The seminar highlighted government and development sector organizations efforts to enroll disadvantaged, marginalized children in the province.

Mr. Zia Ullah Bangash Advisor to Chief Minister KP on Education highlighted the government priorities with innovative approach for ensuring OOSC enrollment. The government has devised a strategy for accommodating OOSCs by improving infrastructure with further arrangements of hiring private buildings for second shift schools in the endeavor towards making Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa a zero OOSC province by 2021. He added that allocation of additional resources to uplift the education system in KP is planned.

Mr. Shoukat Yousafzai, Minister Information KP, highlighted that the KP government with support of potential actors in education sector is materializing the vision of the Prime Minister for a literate Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The KP Government is determined to allocating additional resources for betterment of the education sector.

ALIGHT, in partnership with Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation’s ‘Educate A Child’ project and the Government of Pakistan, is implementing the nation’s largest intervention for out of school children, bringing one million children of primary school age into schools through the country. Schools in village and community-centered settings provide free, quality primary education.