A Future of Possibilities
With one of the highest populations of out of school children in the world at 5.6 million, Pakistan is ready for change. So our work is designed around one guiding principle — boosting the potential of Pakistan's next generation.
Our team is focused on removing barriers to education, so families are able to send their children — and particularly their girls – back to school. We're reaching and enrolling children into quality primary education, engaging with local communities, educating parents, constructing new schools, training teachers, and designing solutions that work.
I am so proud to meet young enthusiastic Afghan refugees ready to change their lives. They have hearts bubbling with ideas for a brighter future and eyes that look toward the skies”
– Dr. Erum Zarief, ARC Pakistan
Putting education first
Most out of school children in Pakistan are girls. There are many reasons why children may drop out of school, including difficulty affording fees, uniforms, and supplies, so we’re thinking of creative ways around the problem. Home schooling and village-centered schools offer more flexible alternatives to the often unaffordable traditional routes.
Our non-formal schools are designed for kids who have dropped out of traditional schools but who still want to keep learning. The goal is to get them back on track so that they don't fall too far behind in their studies, and can one day receive a diploma.
We are co-creating with a diverse field of partners to reach our goal of educating one million girls across the country, including with the Government of Pakistan, the Education Above All Foundation, and of course the parents and students who are so eager to learn.
Pakistan: Related Information
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