LAHORE: As many as 15 schools will be set up in Muzaffargah and five in Lahore under a home-school programme targeting out-of-school children.
The programme was launched by Education Minister Rana Mashhood at a ceremony at the Lahore Press Club on Friday.
Speaking at the occasion, Youth Commission for Human Rights chief executive officer Shazia Khan said the schools would cater to the education of out-of-school children in under-developed areas.
She said surveys conducted for the project had found that school enrolment rates were alarmingly low in some areas. She said that around 93.4 percent of the children surveyed in Basti Jhanger in Muzaffargarh said they were not enrolled in a school. The percentage of out-of-school children among those surveyed in Basti Mehr, Basti Kundaywalla, Basti Mehmood Abad and Basti Ranghay Khan areas was around 80 per cent and among those surveyed in Basti Nawa Khu, Basti Munda and Basti Usmanabad around 70 per cent, she said.
In Lahore, she said, around 35 per cent of the children surveyed in Shera Kot and Shibli Town areas said they were not enrolled in a school.
Khan said the YCHR had designed the home school programme in view of these statistics.
She said training had been arranged for teachers on managing affairs at these schools. She said children between the ages of five and 14 years would be taught at these schools.
Education Minister Rana Mashhood urged the organisation to also consider starting skills development trainings for unemployed youth.
The project is being implemented with financial assistance by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2016.