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In Pakistan, the situation of primary education is very grief as there are 19 million primary school age children. Out of which almost half are still out of school. According to an estimate, gross enrollment rate in schools is 70% but almost 50% children get dropout of schools before reaching the fifth class. Only one third of the 50% survivors pass the primary education.

In these circumstances, NCHD Universal Primary Education (UPE) program is strengthening Ministry of Education/Departments of Education through teachers training, provision of additional teachers, and feeder schools. UPE program facilitates education system by building strong and meaningful community linkages to attain sustainability and continuous improvement making the government able to achieve the challenge of providing quality primary education to every child of the country.


Objectives of NCHD’s UPE Program

  • 100% enrollment (age 5-7 years)
  • Reducing dropout rate from 50% to less than 10%
  • Ensuring quality education through teachers' training

UPE Program strategy

  • House to house census survey of children aged 0-9 years and preparation of baseline data for out of school children aged 5-7 years.
  • Community mobilization to promote enrollment of children in schools and reduce dropouts
  • Setting up ‘Feeder Schools’ for 5-7 year olds with teachers in areas with no government schools to provide access
  • Training of primary school teachers in UPE and quality education
  • Provision of Feeder teachers to government schools to cater for increased enrollment. 

Program Profile

  • Districts covered = 134 districts
  • 17,500 Community Based Feeder Schools established
  • 21,000 feeder teachers were trained and deployed to government schools
  • 296,276 primary school teachers trained in UPE
  • Home to home survey catering 16.3 million households for data about children aged 0-9
  • Enrollment of 8.2 million old out-of-school children
  • Increasing net enrollment ratio from 54% to 85%
  • Reducing dropout rate from 50% to 18% (in Kacchi/Pakki classes)
  • Over 21,000 feeder teachers trained and deployed in primary schools

Mobilizing 40,000 volunteers in 30,000 villages

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