A seminar was organized by Alight in Peshawar on November 27, 2019 to highlight issues pertaining to out of school children and seek solutions through recommendations. A number of representatives from the 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 enrol disadvantaged, marginalized children in the province.

Mr. Zia Ullah Bangash Advisor to Chief Minister KP on Education highlighted the government priorities with innovative approaches for ensuring OOSC enrolment. 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.

Panelists comprised of Mr. Rustum Shah Mohamad, Pakistan’s former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Shahzad Hamayun, Deputy Director Education NCHD, Dr. Iqbal Khan PhD, Education Deputy Director Education ESED KP, and Mr. Amir Gamaryani, writer, poet and educationist. The panelists, through interactive discussion presented valuable recommendations for addressing the issue of OOSCs. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Zabardast Khan Bangash DCOP. The panel’s recommendations will be incorporated into a policy framework to be presented to concerned government departments.