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Starting early with girls' education in Pakistan



Pakistan struggles to reach universal enrollment and gender parity in primary education. To address this, BRAC will open pre-primary schools for children from poor families, especially girls, and train local women as teachers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. Thanks to our partnerships with other donors, contributions to this project have extraordinary leverage: Funding of $17,630 raised through Global Giving will be matched and multiplied, unlocking $96,320 to reach 660 kids, 60% girls.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Poverty and hunger, large class sizes, lack of qualified teachers, and poor learning environments contribute to the problems of low enrollment and retention in KPK, a province marked by internal conflict. Parent illiteracy and low awareness of the importance of education, especially for girls, are also big problems. In KPK, the absolute number of poor people is the largest in the country and national enrollments rates are lower here than anywhere else in Pakistan.

How will this project solve this problem?

BRAC will establish thousands of early childhood education centers to get girls from poor families, ages 3 to 5, ready for school. This same project will also provide further training to primary school teachers and train women from target communities as para-professional teachers. We work within community structures to change attitudes towards education for girls.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will increase the net enrollment of children, especially girls from poor families, into primary schools, thus increasing the proportion of children who complete primary school. Globally, more than 95% of children who enter BRAC pre-primary centers go on the mainstream primary schools and continue to outperform their peers. Teacher training and the involvement of local parent groups will change the quality and culture of education in KPK province.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $185
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $17,445
Total Funding Goal: $17,630

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


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Scott MacMillan

New York, NY United States

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