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     January  17,  2016



1600 out of school children  admitted in schools

by Zahiruddin

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
other day.

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



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