Every child has a right to education by birth but there are many who are deprived of this right due to illiteracy, financial constraints or barriers of responsibility. However, the education minister Shafqat Mehmood started a campaign that focused on the survey of the number of children that aren’t enrolled in any institution followed by their enrollment in schools.
The survey was carried out through the organization, The Academy Of Educational Planning And Management (AEPM) that revealed that approximately 27,300 children in Islamabad are not admitted in any school. 1100 of the children belong to six sectors of the federal capital namely Bara Kahu, Tarnol, Sihala, Urban 1, Urban 2 and Nilor. The whereabouts of the remaining children have been also traced successfully.
The enrollment campaign kick-started there-after and 1100 children have been admitted in school in its first phase that began on 27th March and ended on 5th April. These students aging between 5-7 years are said to have received free uniforms, bags and lunches.
The second phase of the campaign will focus on 4,374 children aging between 8-12 years to get them enrolled in public or non-formal schools depending upon their caliber. Their study course will follow the same pattern and will be promoted to next grades after covering the basic three year course specially designed for them.
The third phase shall target the remaining 2,610 children falling between age bracket of 13-16 years. For their academics and education, the government will seek help from the non-government organizations who are willing to aid their regular and technical aspects of education so that they can equip themselves well enough and prove to be productive for the society and their country.
This enrollment campaign is expected to be over by May 1st.