The ‘Ehsaas Taleemi Wazaif’ App will be launched on the occasion of the United Nations World Education Day on January 24 (today), which is observed annually to promote ‘education for all.’
The Ehsaas is launching the App to facilitate social safety net’s beneficiaries to enrol their children for the Taleemi Wazaif (school stipends) programme.
“Promoting education for all is a foremost priority of our government. Using the Taleemi Wazaif app, families can enrol their children themselves, without visiting any office. This landmark step will also help the poorest families in saving their time and money,” said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar.
The programme has been set up for nationwide execution after three years of work, she said. “Ultimately, the programme aims to support the education of 10 million children across all tehsils of the country,” she added. Children aged four to 22 years from all Ehsaas eligible families can enrol for the school stipend, said the SAPM.
This programme includes primary, secondary and higher secondary school stipends for children to improve their access to education, she added. In line with the Ehsaas’ weighted-in-favour-of-girls stipends policy for all conditional cash transfer programmes, girls get a higher stipend across all age groups.
Primary school-going boys get a quarterly stipend of Rs1,500 and girls Rs2,000; secondary school boys receive Rs2,500 and girls Rs3,000; and at the higher secondary level, boys get Rs3,500 and girls Rs4,000, she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2022.
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