Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), Pakistan

Phase I-Alif Ailaan-RSPN: Mobilizing Communities to Demand Education (Article 25-A) and Local Accountability

Currently, Pakistan is home to 26.98 million children between the ages of 5 and 9 years who should be provided the opportunity for primary education. However, enrollment rates across the country are extremely low. Net primary enrollment for children aged between 5 to 9 years during 2010-2011 decreased to 56 percent (60 boys and 53 percent girls) from 57 percent in 2008. According to the Annual Status of Education Report of 2011, 32.3 percent of 5 year old children were not enrolled in any school facility whereas 57 percent children aged 3-5 years were un-enrolled. This study also shows that only half of the children enrolled in schools actually complete their primary education.