Pakistan’s educational sector leaves a lot to be desired. Not only is there a lack of schools, but there is also a lack of facilities and resources in existing schools. Pakistani public schools face an array of problems, including unqualified staff who lack an interest in teaching. The building of schools is often motivated by political agendas, relating to distributing jobs and contracts to well-wishers. The victims of this political ploy are our children, particularly those whose parents are not even aware about the importance of education, and the impact it can have on the whole family.
According to the Global Monitoring Report 2012 by UNESCO, Pakistan has some of the worst educational indicators in the world, with the second highest number of children out of school, more than five million, out of which two-third are girls. Despite these tremendous concerns, the state is spending not more than 10% on education.
What We Do:
Education is one of the primary areas of concern for Bunyad Foundation, as our organisation holds the belief that educating children from neglected communities can lead to tangible social change. In the education sector, Bunyad Foundation intervened in 835 schools located in far flung areas of eight districts of rural Punjab, a program through which 78,980 children became direct beneficiaries in terms of enrollment, retention, and improved learning outcomes via quality education. Sixty-three percent of our beneficiaries were female children, and thirty-seven percent were male. The field strategy adopted by our foundation aimed to strengthen school councils, which would be established at each school by government policy. Furthermore, schools were made to set their capacity around school development plans, basic budgeting skills, performance monitoring, and community mobilization.
The Foundation began its educational interventions in January 2000 and, to date, has implemented twenty-six projects and programs in eight districts of the Punjab province, the duration of which ranged from one to 15 years. Except five, all the projects and programs were implemented in up to seven districts. On average, three education-based projects have been implemented in each of the eights districts but the total number of projects implemented individually in each district is as following;
The financial and technical assistance partners of the Bunyad Foundation in implementing these education-based projects and programs were the UNICEF, UNESCO, Grammar Aid, and DFID’s Ilm Ideas Program.