RAWALPINDI: The Punjab Literacy Department has set up 375 literacy centres for the children of brick kiln workers in Rawalpindi district, senior officials of the department said on Saturday.
Besides bringing schooling to children at brick kiln, the literacy department has set up 17 centres in Adiala Jail to educate women, children and elderly prisoners.
The department has opened 65 centres for people who had missed out on schooling and another 35 centres under the Education for All Project.
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Boys and girls of five to 16 years of age are getting education at these centres.
“All the illiterate women, children and elders at Adiyala Jail are being educated,” said Rawalpindi District Officer Literacy Ghulam Ahmed Akash.
“At least 1,200 women and children are being educated at Adiyala Jail while they are also receiving computer literacy,” he said.
Literacy Department Director Aijaz Hussain said that literacy centres have been set-up in villages and hamlets where not even public schools exist. Students, children or adults, get free books, bags, stationary at these centres.
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Hussain said that the department has engaged local literate women to teach at these literacy centres.
These centres aim at raising Punjab’s literacy rate to 100 per cent under the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
With the beginning of new financial year in July, further literacy centres will be set-up while the primary result of established literacy centres is 78 per cent currently.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2018.