67 million kids are not enrolled in school right now. These kids have a reduced chance of making money and are more likely to be exploited.

An estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 are out-of-school, representing 44% of the total population in this age group.

In Sindh, 52% of the poorest children are out of school.

In Balochistan, 78% of girls are out of school.

Pakistan is ranked 152 out of 189 countries in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI) ranking.

Pakistan’s literacy rate is 57%.

There is scarcity of schools, wherein for every 13 primary schools, there is only 1 middle school.

Breaking the cycle of poverty through education

Education gives a child the skills for life – without it they will find it harder to support themselves in adult life.

Even now, 77 million children all over the world are denied the right to learn. Islamic Aid makes sure that poor children get a chance to learn. Over the years our projects have shown us that an educated child has a better chance to earn their living and to stay healthy.

Islamic Aid believes that everyone has a right to basic education. But in many parts of the world children, particularly girls, are denied access to this right. Nearly two-thirds of the 77 million children not attending school worldwide are girls.

Islamic Aid addresses the reasons why children are out of school and involves communities in identifying and overcoming barriers to learning. We work with individuals, governments and partner organisations to address all aspects of basic education.

We train teachers to improve the quality of education, link education and health programmes, and work with regional and national governments to develop and deliver innovative education programmes. For example, in Afghanistan, an accelerated learning programme helps girls who have not attended school catch up with their peers and join age-appropriate classes as soon as possible.

Experience shows that educated people have healthier families and greater earning potential.

Islamic Aid particularly focuses on improving education to access to girls, orphans and children from poor families. Millions of women and girls living in the developing world do not have access to this basic right. By removing the barriers to education we can help girls prepare for the future, training women to have the skills they need to build better lives for themselves, their families and communities.

Women who are educated tend to delay their first pregnancies, have healthier children and are far more likely to send their own children to school. According to World Bank statistics, for every extra year a girl spends in school, she raises her family income by up to 20%.

Please help us fight poverty through education.