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Mainstreaming 8000 Out of Primary School Children

Tharparkar district consists of 1.6 million population spread in largest geographical desert area of Sindh. Pakistan’s largest desert area population is 90% poor and all basic social indicators are lowest among other districts of Sindh, Pakistan. Girls’ education in Tharparkar is among low priority area for government and semi government institutions/organization.

There is a great need to address primary education and give high priority through donor funded projects/programs in remote rural areas of Tharparkar district. Baseline report conducted in five union councils of taluka Mithi, Tharparkar by DDAT in May 2018 depicts that 15,861 children (7,237 boys and 8,624 girls) are out of schools in five union councils i.e. Malanhore Vena, Bhakou, Mithrio Bhatti, Vejhiar, Chelhar of Mithi Taluka and around 70% of primary schools are lacking basic school facilities while 95% of visited schools don’t have active school management committees- SMCs.

Parallelly Baanhn Beli (an NGO) conducted baseline in six UCs i.e. Joruo, Posarko, Mohrano, Vijuto, Sobhiar and Verawah of Taluka Mithi (04-UCs), Diplo (01 UC) and Nagarparkar (01 UC) depicts that the total number of 9,635 children (3,620 boys and 6,015 girls), 5-10 age have never been enrolled and 30% drop-out ratio was recorded. The SMCs are irresponsible, inactive or nonfunctional.

According to the baseline report, 250 SMCs out of 262 SMCs were found active only in record, 785 SMC members are totally unaware about their roles and responsibilities. The community is also irresponsible, unaware and has less interest in Govt. School functions. So, there is a dire need to mobilize the community, activate the SMCs with active involvement of communities for maximum enrollment of children in government schools of taluka Mithi, Diplo, Chachro and Nagarparkar of district Tharparkar.

The project has a set of three objectives as mentioned below;

Objective 1: “Increase enrolment of Out of School Children- OOSC in primary schools in marginalized communities through mobilization of local communities.”

Objective 2: “Improve retention and quality of primary education in the marginalized communities through school improvement and development.”

Objective 3: “Improving capacities of relevant teachers, district education officials and school management committees- SMCs further to create an enabling school environment for mainstreaming OOPSC.”