Pakistan is a country with very poor education facilities and literacy rate. Some uncertain facts and figures reveal that our literacy rate is approximately 54% and of which the children under age of 10 years are a main part. What the standard of literacy in Pakistan? Who is considered as a literate person? Simple is that these facts and figures are not reliable because it also includes those people who are only capable of writing their names and other than that, they can’t even write newspaper. Pakistan has almost 5.5 million children that are not studying in any school, the second highest number in the world only after Nigeria. Pakistan also has the highest number of illiterate adults in the world, after India and China.
In spite of the bulk of educational plans, policies, conferences and five-year programs, our literacy rate did not increase much. Pakistan ranks at 113th position among 120 countries of the world, when it is seen in context of education standard and literacy rate and it can be considered as an international embarrassment. The GDP for education is only 2.1 percent. Even that is not used honestly.
There are different reasons for this poor education system. Some of them are as follows:
- Firstly, the education system of Pakistan is based on unequal lines. Medium of education is different in both, public and private sectors. This creates a sort of disparity among people, dividing them into two segments. Such a distraught infrastructure is the basic cause of high illiteracy rate in Pakistan and high drop outs rate in rural areas and public schools.
- Secondly, regional disparity is also a major cause. The schools in Baluchistan are not that much groomed as that of Punjab. In FATA, the literacy rate is deplorable constituting 29.5% in males and 3% in females.
- The third major cause of flawed education system in Pakistan is gender discrimination. The current primary school ratio of boys and girls is 10:4, which is a cause of a big concern.
- Fourthly, the lack of technical education is a biggest flaw in the education policy that has never been focused. Therefore, less technical people means low standard of education.
- Fifthly, the allocation of funds for education is very low. It is only 1.5 to 2.0 percent of the total GDP. It should be around 7% of the total GDP. At that budget allocation, the illiteracy rate in Pakistan would not increase but rather it will go on decreasing. The Federal and Provincial governments need to cut down their expenditures in other areas and spend a bigger proportion of budget allocations on education.
We do not see any justification for the usual expressions of extreme pessimism that follow every alarmist report in the media. We do, however, see an urgent need for higher spending and greater focus on education. In this alarming situation Step Forward Pakistan (SFP) is going to start a project for education which is named as “TEN SCHOOLS IN TEN RUPEES”. We have organized many successful events so for in colleges, universities and public places. This time SFP is looking to collect the donations for ten schools and provide the quality education to needy children’s in TEN SCHOOL.
Our basic aim with this project “10 Schools in 10 Rupees” is to promote quality education and to provide the necessary better educational facilities to the poor and needy students. We will arrange the events in different institutes and will ask the people to donate ten rupees. 10 rupees actually don’t matter but if 1 million people donate ten rupees then it really matters a lot. With the help of this donation, we will build up ten schools, in which cheap and education with standard will be provided. There will not be any fees for poor children and with that, we will focus mainly on character building and personality grooming of children.