Literacy and Education

BUNYAD Foundation has reached up-to doorstep level in 22 districts including Bagh (AJK), Peshawar (KPK) and Karachi (Sindh). Hafizabad, Punjab, is a district from which the Foundation started its operations in 1992 and to date, it has implemented 17 projects and programs just on literacy and NFBE in the district.

Brief:

Mass literacy is considered a prerequisite for socio-economic development worldwide and the history is witness that prioritized focus of states to literate their populations led them towards the status of socially and economically developed ones. In Pakistan, more than 50 million people aged above 10 years are illiterate while the literacy rate is 58%. Access and quality of education is far behind of satisfactory level. 6.5 million Children are out of school and 40 % of students drop out before they reach grade 5 (primary completion). The situation is particularly alarming for women, 47% of which hare literate, and those living in rural areas whose poor literacy rate has raised to breed oppression and exploitation against them, ultimately. Pakistan has failed to not attain Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and EFA target by 2015.

What We Do:

BUNYAD Foundation is known in the country for its outstanding services in the area of literacy and non-formal basic education particularly for the children and women involved in hazardous forms of labor which was also the inception reason of the Foundation in 1992. The first project funded by the donor organization, i.e. ILO, was also on literacy and non-formal basic education.

Since its establishment, BUNYAD Foundation has established 5,526 non-formal education (NFE) centers around 1800 villages of 22 districts in Punjab province and reached around 353,999 direct beneficiaries as women (36%) and children (64%). Among children beneficiaries, 63% were female and 37% were male. Overall among total direct beneficiaries, 77% were female (children and adult) which is strong indicator that the BUNYAD Foundation is striving to assure the educational rights of female children and adults in remote localities of the province.

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Geographic Coverage:

BUNYAD Foundation has reached up-to doorstep level in 22 districts including Bagh (AJK), Peshawar (KPK) and Karachi (Sindh). Hafizabad, Punjab, is a district from which the Foundation started its operations in 1992 and to date, it has implemented 17 projects and programs just on literacy and NFBE in the district.

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Among these 22 districts, the Foundation has its owned building offices in 11 districts objectively for long-term existence to sustain and strengthen its projects in the area. Communities in the intervention districts are quite familiar with BUNYAD Foundation and they take it as an institution rather than just an organization. On average, four projects were implemented in each district.

Partners:

The partners of BUNYAD Foundation to support its projects and programs on literacy and non-formal basic education are diverse in terms of type and quantity. Among international ones, it include UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, International Labor Organization (ILO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), DFID’s Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF), KNCU Korea, Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE), (LGRD), Net.com, and Rotary International.

Whereas at national level, BUNYAD Foundation mainly gained support in terms of financial and technical assistance from government and semi-government institutions and organizations like National Education Foundation (NEF), National Rural Support Program (NRSP), Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Department of Social Welfare in Punjab, Pakistan Literacy Commission (PLC), Punjab Middle School Project (PMSP), Trust for Voluntary Organizations (TVO), Fatima Group and City District Governments of intervention districts.

EDUCATION

Brief:

Education has been treated by the Pakistani state not more than a series of inputs as dysfunctional school building and under qualified teachers with disinterest to teach well in schools but at tuition centers. The fact behind building schools and hiring teachers is political one, i.e. distributing jobs and contracts to well-wishers. The victims are our children particularly whose’ parents are not even aware about the importance of education and what it matters to impact on the life of whole family. According to the Global Monitoring Report 2012 by UNESCO, Pakistan has some worst education indicators globally having world second highest number of children out of school, more than five million out of which two-third are girls, and equivalent to 1 in 12 of the worlds out of school children. But in contrast, the state is spending not more than 10% on education. 

What We Do:

5Education is one of the primary focus areas of BUNYAD Foundation as it believes that educating children from neglected communities is a real social change derive. In the education sector, BUNYAD Foundation intervened in 835 schools located in far flung areas of eight districts of rural Punjab and reached out around 78,980 children as direct beneficiaries in terms of enrollment, retention, and improved learning outcomes via quality education. Among direct total beneficiaries, 63% were female children and 37% were male. The field strategy was adopted by the Foundation remained to reactive and strengthen the school councils, established at each school by government policy, and further built their capacity around school development plans, basic budgeting skills, performance monitoring, and community mobilization.

 

 

 

 

 

Geographic Coverage:

The Foundation started its educational interventions from January 2000 and, to date, has implemented 26 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 multiple districts, maximum seven. On average, three child education focused projects have been implemented in each of the eights districts but the total number of projects implemented individually in each district is as following;

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Partners:

The financial and technical assistance partners of the BUNYAD Foundation to implement these education focused projects and programs were the UNICEF, UNESCO, Grammar Aid, and DFID’sIlm Ideas Program. Local philanthropists and industrialists were also the financial contributors to make educational impacts on the lives of children living in marginalized communities as well.

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