Over 20m children out of schools in Pakistan: NCHD

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National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Chairperson Razina Alam Khan has said that around 57 million adults are illiterate in Pakistan and 24 million children are out of schools.

She stated this while briefing a meeting held between the NCHD and steering committee of Pakistan Human Development Fund (PHDF).

The meeting was held at a local hotel and was chaired by NCHD Chairperson Razina Alam Khan along with PHDF Chairperson Dr Nadira Panjwani, said a press release issued on Friday.

The NCHD and PHDF are all committed to eradicate illiteracy from the country. Razina Alam further briefed the meeting that under the vision 2025 literacy rate was planned to increase to 100 per cent and enrolment rate to 90 per cent and the task to develop the plan of action in this regard had been given to NCHD by the ministry of planning and development.

The meeting was informed that PC-1 to establish 12,000 literacy centres for adult education and basic skill training had been approved.

A proposal was submitted in the meeting by NCHD for the purpose of establishing a national training institute with the objective to train the master teachers of literacy centres and develop research-based modules and training materials. Steering committee of the Human Development Fund praised the working of NCHD and pledged full support for all projects.

Moreover, the Human Development Fund also ensured support in starting another 2,000 literacy centres for adult education by the NCHD.

PHDF Chairperson Dr Nadira Panjwani said: “It is our collective failure that we missed millennium development goals and now it is our collective responsibility to eradicate illiteracy from the country.”

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