The Out-of-School Children Crises
Out of all 5-16 year olds in Pakistan, 32% are currently out of school. A greater proportion of girls is out of school nationally and across all four provinces; more than half of 5-16 year old girls in Balochistan and Sindh are not attending school. Poverty, socio-cultural norms, and unavailability of schools hinder access of the most marginalized children, including girls. These along with the absence of basic facilities, poor quality education, and inequitable learning opportunities in schools also contribute to the ever-declining retention and completion rates, especially during pandemic times.
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