The Bunyad Foundation has made significant progress in education and literacy in twenty-two districts, including Bagh, Peshawar and Karachi. Hafizabad is the district from which the foundation ran its inaugural operations in 1992.
Today, Bunyad has implemented 17 projects and programs in the field of literacy and NFBE alone in the district.
In Pakistan, more than fifty million people over the age of ten are illiterate, and the literacy rate currently stands at fifty-eight percent. Both availability and quality of education are at a less than satisfactory level. More than six million children are out of school, while 45 percent of students reach fifth grade early; finishing his primary school.
The situation is especially alarming for women, 47 percent of whom are illiterate. Especially in rural areas, the lack of access to education only contributes to a culture of gender oppression and exploitation. Finally. Pakistan has failed to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and EFA by 2015.
Bunyad Foundation is renowned in Pakistan for its excellent services in providing formal and non-formal education, especially for children and women involved in hazardous forms of labour. The need for education for women and children working in risky forms of employment was actually the reason for Bunyad’s establishment in 1992. The first project funded by the donor organization ILO also dealt with formal education.
Since its inception, Bunyad Foundation has opened 5,526 Non-Formal Education (NFE) centers around 1,800 villages of 22 districts in Punjab province, reaching around 353,999 direct beneficiaries such as women (36%) and children (64%). Among the child recipients, 63% were women and 37% were men.
Overall, 77% of the total direct beneficiaries were women, adults and children, which is very indicative of how one of Bunyada’s priorities is to ensure the education rights of children and adult women in remote areas of the province. Our foundation has successfully reached the threshold in 22 districts.