AKU-IED Public Lecture Series

Out-of-School Children: Who are they? What are their rights? What should we do?

January 27, 2021
5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Karachi

Institute for Educational Development


A staggering 23 million children, almost 44% of the 5-16 year-old, in Pakistan are out of school. Who are these children? What are they missing out? What is the country losing? What do these kids know and do? What does the future hold for them? The factors that exacerbate this issue include, gender, socioeconomic status, geography and alternative opportunities. Join us to discuss the above-mentioned questions, examine root causes and ways forward.

Speakers' Profile:

Ms Sadiqa Salahuddin

Trustee, Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability

Among much else, Ms Sadiqa Salahuddin has designed and implemented many educational programmes for out-of-school children. She has established 30 schools in coastal and rural Sindh. Further, the Indus Resource Centre, which she founded, is supporting 55 government schools with more than 9000 children in Karachi, Hyderabad, Ghotki and Khairpur districts.

Mr Abid Gill

Deputy Chief Advisor, Advancing Quality Alternative Learning (AQAL) Project

Mr Abid Gill has diverse experiences of working with UNICEF,UNESCO, JICA and Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training in various capacities. Currently, Mr Gill is associated with JICA in its Advancing Quality Alternative Learning Project. His work has been instrumental in advocating Accelerated Learning Programmes and Innovative Integrated Literacy - initiatives focused on strengthening institutional response to the issue of out-of-school children.

Dr Dilshad Ashraf

Associate Professor & Head, Graduate Programmes, AKU-IED, P

Dr Dilshad Ashraf's areas of research are curriculum, gender and non-formal education with a critical optic of equity, equality, and quality. Dr Ashraf has recently led a study focused on the efficacy of a non-formal curriculum for 7-16 year-old out-of-school children. Her study has shown that the out-of-school children make significant academic progress when provided with appropriate curriculum and related support.

No registration is required. Please click on the following zoom link to join the talk.


Meeting ID: 979 8171 7474

Passcode: 726054



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Meeting ID: 979 8171 7474

Passcode: 726054


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