Millions of children across Pakistan could be given an education, due to a financial programme that will see the investment in the country’s education system escalate.
The programme was announced by Mr. Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education at a special event which gathered more than 1000 young female students at the Convention Centre. It was also pledged that as Pakistan’s government doubles its education budget– the global community will partner with Pakistan in financing the biggest education expansion in the country’s history.
This new financial plan will bring the total global investment in education in Pakistan to $1 billion over the next three years.
Delivering the speech, Gordon Brown said that the three year plan is not just to get youngsters into school, but to improve literacy rates across the country and support ‘opportunity’ for the people of Pakistan.
“The aim is not just to get children into school but also to ensure learning opportunities for more than 55 million people over the age of ten who are illiterate in Pakistan”.
Gordon Brown also met with development partners along with the Minister of Education and the Governor of Punjab and with Federal and Provincial Ministers of Education.
“The government must also take a strong stand on the cross-cutting barriers, including child labour and child marriage, to ensure all children, especially girls, are in school” he said.
It is estimated that there are 6.7 million out-of-school children across the country. The new financial programme could achieve and even exceed the targets in Pakistan’s Accelerated Plan of Action. Developed with the UN, this plan aims to educate 5 million out of school children by 2015.