500 schools join hands to fight illiteracy

KARACHI: “More than 500 schools in Sindh have partnered with the Education Fund for Sindh – EFS under its Taleem Aam Programme to impart quality primary education to over 80,000 Out of School Children (OOSC) in the province during last two years only. Overall, EFS has to date enrolled over 120,000 OOSC through its different programmes.” Adeel Aslam, CEO EFS, announced this in a Performance Recognition Ceremony held to honour the 150 schools which became EFS partners in 2013 during its first year of operations.

“EFS and its partner schools are working together to address the education crisis in Pakistanand create a sustainable futu-re for these children.Though EFS plans to cover entire Sindh but so far EFS is currently working in 52 Union Councils, 20 towns and 3 districts of Sindh including Karachi, Khairpur and Qamber Shahdadkot. In 2015 we plan to expand into 45 more UCs of Karachi in addition to consolidating our presence in Khairpur and Qamber Shahdadkot. This will enable us to provide education to an additional 50,000 OOSC.” he added.

While lauding low cost private schools’ support and their role, he said these schools play a very vital role in making education accessible to the masses and our partnerships with them have helped us to deliver on its commitment of enabling access to quality and cost effective primary education to OOSC in Sindh.

Principal of a partner school – Ahmed English Grammar School, Bilal Colony said that there are a number of children in her school who were previously working as child labourers and now through the efforts of EFS are getting an education. Similarly, there are many examples of girls who have never been to school and are now setting an example for other girls in their families.

Ms. Ratan Salem Head of Capacity Building Unit – EFS said on the occasion, “We focus not only on enrolment of OOSC, but also take initiatives to develop the capacity of partner schools through student assessment, training of teachers and head teachers, and involving parents and the community. We are thankful to our partner schools for their continuous trust in EFS and their participation in all our events with full cooperation,” she concluded.

Established in 2012, EFS – is a not for profit company (registered under section 42 of the companies ordinance 1984), that aims to tackle the education crisis in Pakistan by sending OOSC to school.

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