On Friday, Rana Tanveer Hussain, the Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training, stated that Pakistan has the highest number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in the world.
During a recent National Assembly session, the Education Minister was questioned about the high number of out-of-school children in Pakistan. In response, the minister stated that 23 million children in the country are currently receiving a formal education.
Furthermore, the minister revealed that the government has set an ambitious target to eliminate the number of out-of-school children in Islamabad’s Capital Territory, which currently stands at around 70,000, by the end of June.
To achieve this target, the government has launched the innovative “Schools on Wheels” initiative, which involves converting buses into mobile schools equipped with modern facilities such as toilets.
This program has been specifically designed to cater to the education needs of children living in rural areas.
Moreover, the minister highlighted that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the ministry to extend this program to the flood-affected regions of Balochistan and Sindh, providing children in these areas with access to education through similar mobile school buses.