A realistic national plan of action needed to address 22.6m OOS: Razina

City Reporter

“Literacy is the ladder that leads you towards self-determination, empowerment and lifelong learning. It encompasses a set of basic life skills that can equip people with minimum knowledge and handiness to help individual in contributing effectively to the socio-economic development of the country. Whereas Illiteracy is an evil that hinders social reforms, poverty alleviation and modernization in a society, as a result overall economic productivity is hampered.
All stakeholders, including provincial governments, INGOs, NGOs and foreign donors may focus on this aspect in the larger interest of our future generations, while NCHD is endeavoring hard to fulfill its limited role in non-formal education and enrollment of out of school children”. This was observed by the chairperson NCHD, former Senator Razina Alam Khan while presiding the 47 th Commission Meeting of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in Islamabad here today.
The chairperson NCHD said that, the Socio-economic indicators of Pakistan as compared to many other countries of this region are encouraging, but with 22.6 million out of school children and 57 million adult illiterates, Pakistan is facing a huge challenge, she viewed. The current national literacy rate is 58% has to be taken to 90% by 2025 and enrollment 100% under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she observed.
Gender Parity Index in case of GER is .86 against .86 in case of ANER, she further informed.

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