1600 out of school children admitted in schools
CHITRAL: “We have got admitted sixteen hundred out-of-School
children to schools against the target of one thousand during the
last one year in the targeted five different
villages of the district”, the district program manager of Sarhad
Rural Support Program (SRSP) Tariq Ahmed was sharing his success
story with the audience in a meeting here the
The meeting was the gathering of the ilmbassadors (volunteers)
working in the target villages under the Take A child to School (TACS)
project financed by the British Council,
the UK’s cultural relations organization.
He said that the mohalla education committees set up in all the
five villages of Birir (Kalash valley), Jughur, Drosh, Sanik and
Garam Chashma, were found active to help
identity the out-of-School children while the ilmbassadors
contacted their parents to persuade them.
Appreciating the efforts of the ilmbassadors, he expressed the hope
that hundred percent of the out-of-School children in the villages
will be in the schools by the next year
and more villages will be targeted if the project is expanded.
The ilmbassadors also shared the experience of their interactions
with the meeting and said that they faced very little resistance
from the parents in sending their children to
The ilmbassadors from Kalash valley said that in most of the
households, the out-of –school children were helping their parents
in farming and earning livelihood and it was a
challenge to make them yield to send their children to school.
The mohalla education committees, they said, rushed to help the
parents seek alternative ways and means for additional income as
they eked out for sustenance.
The coordinator of TACS project Ebadur Rahman and project manager
of PPAF program, Salahuddin highlighted some of the issues still by
project management to sustain its progress.
Deputy district education officer Ehsanul Haq, assistant district
officer Shahzad Nadeem and Maulana Sher Aziz also spoke on the
occasion and appreciated the efforts and
progress of the project and said that the state was duty bound
under article 25-A of the constitution of the country to provide
free education to the children up to 16 years and
the project was aimed at achieving their goal.
They asked to extend the project to more areas of the district
keeping in view the nature of its objective which was making the
future of the nation safe from ignorance and