The first phase of enrolling out-of-school children (OOSC) in public schools of Islamabad has been completed by the education authorities in the federal capital.
A survey was conducted in Islamabad that revealed that 11000 children between age of 5 to 7 years are out of school. The data of these children was given to the government schools in Islamabad operating under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
The target by the officials is to enroll around 4000 out-of-school between 5 to 7 years old.
Then the data was forwarded to the area education officers (AEOs) and school principals in order to make sure that the enrollment target is achieved.
On March 27th, the implementation on the first phase began and it ended on 5th April. In this week out of 1342 Out of School children 384 were enrolled in Sihala, 180 were enrolled in Urban-I Area while 175 students were enrolled in Urban-II Area of Islamabad.
The age of all these children was between 5 to 7 years. They were welcomed in schools with gift packs that had uniforms, stationery, books, and a school bag.
Now in the second phase the Education Department will enroll 4,374 children aged between 8 to 12 years. This will include 2772 boys and 1602 girls.
In the third phase 2610 children will be enrolled aged between 13 to 16 years. The government will take help from the non-governmental organizations to provide education to these children, both traditional and technical.