Under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), the government will now facilitate the provision of education for highlighted districts across Pakistan. The Waseela-e-Taleem (access to education) programme was launched by Gordon Brown on November 9, 2012 under BISP.
Upcoming developments in the Waseela-e-Taleem programme were shared by BISP Chairman Enver Baig at the one-day international conference on “Unfinished Agenda of Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward”. So far, the programme has been successfully tested in 5 districts, allowing for fine-tuning of its design and implementation. The next step is to expand to 26 more districts in all provinces of Pakistan, said Baig.
The programme’s agenda is to prioritise investment in human capital by expanding the coverage of BISP, starting by promoting education among the programme’s poorest beneficiaries, outlined Baig. It ties in with the incumbent government’s decision to further development and consolidate a “social protection system”. The BISP compliments cash transfers with graduation programmes, providing the poor beneficiaries access to income-generating mechanisms via partnerships with various initiatives in the local and global markets.
The high-level conference was organised by the Ministry of Professional and Technical Training. Among those attending were the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Education Gordon Brown.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2014.