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February 1, 2016

NCHD has imparted education to 3.84 million adults in 164,190 literacy centres


February 1, 2016


The National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has imparted education among 3.84 million adults in its 164,190 adult literacy centres, said NCHD Chairperson Razina Alam Khan here on Sunday.

As many as 141 literary centres have also been established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the cost of Rs1.75 million, while Rs 4.68 million have been allocated for the Phase-II Programme being undertaken soon, she said in an exclusive talk with this news agency.

In addition to that, she said, 6,581 feeder teachers are educating 299,035 students in 5,949 Feeder Schools, while NCHD has also established 100 Feeder Schools in seminaries of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

A sum of Rs45 million has been allocated to enable the students of 10 seminaries of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to get modern education subsequently equipping them to compete in the job market.

Likewise, 10 Feeder Schools have been established under Own-a-School Initiative Programme in the less developed districts of the country -- Thatta, Umerkot, Bahawalpur and Kohat.

While five Feeder Schools have also been established in Sibi district.

The NCHD, in collaboration with Annual Status of Education Report, has been active in 43 districts with the cost of Rs760 million to enhance enrolment ratio.

A sum of Rs62.64 million has been spent for preventing dropout ratio and absenteeism of children from the schools under the NCHD.

The share of Unicef would be Rs49.66 million for the project.

While shedding light on the NCHD's future plans, she said, a training institute for literacy would be established in Islamabad to educate 90,300 illiterates, including 90 percent females and 10 percent males by opening Adult Literacy Centres at a cost of Rs256 million.

The PC-1 for the project has already been submitted to the government, she said.

The literacy centres would also be established in seminaries while special courses have also been arranged for taxi drivers, gardeners and labourers with special literacy courses.

The National Training Institute for Promotion of Literacy and Non Formal education will be established in Islamabad.

The institute will aim to build capacity material and research development examination and assessment certification and equivalency and maintainingdata bank for literacy.

Answering a question, she said that the NCHD due to paucity of funds since 2008 had been hindered to achieve the set goals, while the present PML-N government has been attaching priority to the programmes of NCHD. She said that the NCHD would continue to persuade the authorities for allocation of necessary funds to continue the ball rolling in a positive manner.

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