61% of males and 37% of females cannot read or write
Half of the 12 million children who enrol in primary school each year
do not complete a full year
Pakistan spends 2.9% GDP on education compared with Britian spending 5.6%
23.5% females and 46.8% males complete secondary school
There are 150,000 schools for a population of 185,000,000
Almost all schools are single gendered, yet only 1/3 of schools are for girls
Within state schools, many schools have one teacher
teaching 150 pupils of mixed ages
Students of both sexes are expected to do manual labour, offer the teacher
bribes and suffer corporal punnishment
A supply of drinking water is often unavailable,
and toilet facilies are usually inadequate
Teachers in state schools earn much more than those in private schools, but they are often chronically absent and show little pride for their work
Private primary school usually have less than one-third trained teachers, and are in rented premises, or teacher's own houses. Such schools receive no financial support from the government, and meet all their operational expenses from student fees
Private schools for poorer children are generally located in poor urban areas.
They are housed in small over-crowded buildings with children squeezed into small rooms with poor ventilation and in many cases, no electrical facilities.
Some children who attend these schools have to travel 7 to 8 kilometres
Many primary school teachers dont earn enough money to live on,
so they have to take on second jobs
Young girls put themselves at risk traveling to and from school long distances.
To be abused or harrassed whilst travelling is a very real threat for them.
This stops over four fiths of girls enroling in primary school every year
Samirah lives in Baddomalh with her two sisters and baby brother. Her Abba (Daddy) is a christian, which means that she and her whole family are too. This means that she is looked down upon because she is female and she is poor. She will
never afford a good education so she won't be able to get a good job. She is amongst the dregs of society. The under-class. The not worth bothering with.
Not fair? Thats what we think.
With a good education from an early age Samirah would have had the confidence and the tools to get a secondary school scholarship and a better job, bringing herself and her family plus future generations out of poverty.
feed himself and his baby sister. Without an education he will never learn to read or write and looks forward to a future of poverty, working permanently in the brick factory.
Shazad works in the brick factory from 4am until 8am when it gets too hot to work outside, then again from 5pm til 8pm. After this work he is too tired to go to school and he only earns just enough to
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