3-day training for community leaders in girls’ education concludes

Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA) organized a three-day advance level training under the initiative, “Empowerment of the Girl Child through Sustained Education.” The training was organized here in the federal capital for community activists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Nov 24-26, 2017.
Addressing the closing ceremony and giving a brief introduction of PYCA’s vision and mission Capacity Building Officer at PYCA Hisham Khan said according to UNESCO’s Education for All 2015 National Review, the proportion of females marginally declines as education level increase in Pakistan.
About girls’ education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa he added the net enrollment rate of girls at the primary level stood at 51pc in the province, however this sharply declined to 17pc in middle schools and was even worse at 8pc in high schools.
In order to address this alarming situation Pakistan Youth Change Advocates initiated a 3-year intervention in six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that would strive to create demand for girls’ education at the community level and lobby with policy makers and parliamentarians to provide the necessary infrastructure and legal environment to meet this newly created demand.
While commenting on PYCA’s programme one of the participants said the training was very important because the issue of girls’ enrolment holds a lot of significance in Pakistan and particularly, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Whatever I have learnt here will help me while mobilizing the communities to send their daughters to schools.” In the next phase of the program, the capacitated activists will reach out to different stakeholders including parents, community leaders, local government officials, policy makers and parliamentarians in an effort to create an enabling environment to ensure sustained education for girls at the secondary level.

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