- Pupil / teacher ratio (primary), 2008: 41
- Percentage of children primary school-age who are out-of-school, 2008: 32
- Percentage of population living on less than $2 a day, 2005: 60
- Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate, percentage, 2004-2008, male: 79
- Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate, percentage, 2004-2008, female: 59
- Primary school enrolment ratio, 2005-2009, net, male: 72
- Primary school enrolment ratio 2005-2009, net, female: 60
Girls from Faisal Public School Multan
According to a recept report written by the Pakistan Education Task Force, 10% of the world’s primary school-age children who do not attend school live in Pakistan. The country thus places second in the global ranking of out-of-school children. Gender disparities in schooling are striking – less than half of Pakistani women have had formal education, and the number is even lower in rural areas. Less than 2.5% of the country’s GDP is spent on the education sector, and according to UNICEF it is estimated that around 3.6 million children under the age of 14 work, often in exploitative and dangerous labour. Gender, wealth and household location plays a big role in childrens’ access to education. This is very evident in Pakistan, where 49% of the poorest children (aged 7-16) were out of school in 2007, compared to only 5% of children from wealthy households.
Our local partner in Pakistan is Faisal Public School Multan. It is located on the outskirts of Multan in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, in a rural area where there is a considerable need for teacher training. Education Finder has been offering teacher training to the school since 2009, and the goal is that teachers who have previously participated in the programme will eventually become ‘local supervisors’, managing a big part of the training by themselves. As part of the teacher training programme, local workshops have been arranged by the school in order to spread new knowledge in the local area, together with government and civil society.
Faisal Public School Multan was founded in 1986 and is registered by the Ministry of Education. The school focuses specifically on ‘learning for all’, with a particular focus on women’s rights and reaching out to the wider community. Regular activives organized by the school involve programmes designed to educate students and teachers about important development issues such as health, nutrition, environment, and sanitation. They also offer practical recreational activies for students, such as arts and crafts, which are integrated into the school subjects. Scholarships are offered to poor students who are unable to afford the education costs.
Website link: http://tt.pakistan.mkfc.se/