A Bangladeshi school has taken a wonderful, unique initiative in by launching the “two-taka bank.” The bank which was launched in January 2019, has to this day helped 80 school children.
With the year 2019 seeing its way out, some 1.5 million children remain out of school in Punjab, the number only a slight improvement over the 1.59 million children that could not be enrolled in schools in year 2018.
Vows by international leaders to raise global education standards by 2030 are unlikely to be fulfilled, warns the United Nations’ education agency. According to UNESCO, the current trends highlight that 30 percent of adults and 20 percent of youngsters will still be illiterate in poor countries. Moreover, almost 262 million youngsters had no access to school in sub-Saharan Africa according to the UNESCO report, which highlights how the international community has failed altogether to raise the bar of global education.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday hinted at the enormity of the challenge to get millions of out-of-school children back to schools, warning that such a large number of children that did not receive education could become a national security issue for Pakistan in the future.
Not putting school-aged children in schools to become a punishable offence for parents
The government of Punjab has prepared a new Punjab School Truancy Act to ensure the enrolment of out-of-school children in public educational institutions across the province.
For those who receive it, education seems as taken-for-granted facility as any, but for those who miss out on it, the possibilities lost are really hard to comprehend.
As part of rigorous efforts to improve school enrolment and retention across the province, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will offer afternoon classes as well as transport facilities for out-of-school students.
The United Nation has said that there is still a considerable population of school-age children without access to schools and ‘zero progress’ has been made in the past decade to improve that situation.