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Why We Are Needed

  • Pakistan ranks amongst the lowest countries according to the human development index of UNDP.
  • With an estimated 173 million people, it is the 6th most populous country in the world.
  • Annual population growth rate is 1.8% and with this growth rate Pakistan’s population is expected to cross the 290 million mark by the year 2050.
  • Of the millions added to the population each year, only half will have access to any formal education – the remaining will never see the inside of a school.
  • Out of 173 million Pakistanis, 92 million adults of age 15 years and above (58%) are illiterate.
  • 47% of all male adults of age 15 years and above are illiterate whereas for females the percentage is as high as 72%.
  • 3 out of every 10 children aged 5-9 years in Pakistan do not go to school.
  • 2 out of every 8 children aged 10-19 years never see the inside of a classroom.
  • Once in school, the drop out rate is very high (only 2 out of 10 reach class 5).
  • The state of government schools is very poor; 10.9% of them are without a proper building, 37.7% without a boundary wall, 33.9% without water, 59.6% without electricity and there is frequent absenteeism of teachers.
  • Government expenditure on education is only 2.1% of GDP.
  • Sources

  • List of countries by population
  • State Bank of Pakistan – Annual Report.pdf
  • National Education Census 2005
  • Pakistan Economic Survey 2009-10
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