Two Community Education Forums have been established in Hansa Colony in G-8/1 and Alipur Frash to raise awareness among locals and promote equitable secondary level education. The initiative has been taken by Sustainable Development Policy institute (SDPI) in collaboration with Affiliated Network for Social Accountability-South Asian Region (ANSA-SAR).
According to a press release issued here on Monday, the forums are part of a social accountability programme aimed at removing the rural-urban and gender gaps in the lower secondary education in slum areas of the federal capital. Hansa colony and Alipur Frash are the selected slums areas based on the high prevalence of out of school children, especially the girls. The programme’s goal is to address the issues of embedded corruption and mismanagement in fund allocation, lack of awareness among the marginalized community about the importance of education, social and cultural norms that discourage female participation in schools and poverty that encourage child labour.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2011.