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The government has planned to introduce an “Education Adult Programme” which would be sponsored by the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), Japan International Corporation Agency and the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF).

The programme would be of a duration of six months and would be initiated in the five cities namely—Karachi, Tando Allahyar, Hyderabad, Thatta and Jamshoro. Initially, three hundred centres would be built in Thatta and three hundred teachers would be hired for running the programme.

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Both men and women who are above sixteen years of age could apply for the programme. By getting the enrolment in a three-years non-formal education programme the students would be able to cover the course content up to grade five. Covering the academic course up till grade five would enable the students to get an admission in the secondary schools.

Mohammad Alam Thahim—Directorate of Literacy and Non-Formal Education Director said that the programme has been approved by the chief minister and would be beginning soon.

The programme had been launched earlier and was running at various levels but was discontinued finally owing to many reasons, shortage of funds being the one important reason. Other factors were like there no definite class schedule, no centres allocation, programme duration, teacher hiring, subjects and syllabus all these aspects were unclear and not decided.

This time the difference would be that a government affirmed syllabus would be implemented. As per a recently conducted survey, women are eager to take admission in this programme as this would provide them with an opportunity to read and write. The students would also be taught budgeting among other things.

Additionally, plumbing courses, beautician courses, as well as sewing lessons, health and cleanliness manners, hand-washing practices would also be a part of the programme.

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