Pakistan has one of the highest illiteracy rates in all parts of the world, and even more disturbing, the rate has not been increasing at the rate of one might hope. In the past year, the literacy rate in Pakistan is estimated to about 58% of the total population, missing the goal of the United Nations counter to achieve 88% literacy by 2015, far and wide.
This result (and more) form the heart of a recent report by a thousand Ailaan, a non-governmental organization looking to highlight the challenges that Pakistani children and teach them cope.
One of the biggest factors that contribute to the lack of knowledge of reading and writing is the number of children out of school, and most of them are girls. A new study has found that out of a total of 24 million Pakistani children that are out of school, about $ 13 million (or 53%) are girls.
“Pakistan has the second largest number of students out of school in the world.”
There seems to be a wide disparity in regional provision of equal opportunities to girls’ enrollment. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially, there is 52% of girls out of school, compared to only 21% of boys.
“In rural areas, 67% of women aged 15 years and older did not see inside the classroom.”
It found the net enrollment rate for girls to be 53% and 60% for males. However, only 58% of the girls who enter school complete primary education.
Reasons for not attending school
They also took a quick look at the main causes of girls do not go to school. While found on the child’s lack of interest and lack of family money for education to be the usual culprits, it was found on the main reason for not going to school to be a lack of consent of the parents.
Needless study also to emphasize the benefits of female education, including health benefits. It has been proven that there is a direct correlation between the increase in women’s education and a reduction in the infant mortality rate.