Around 22.8 million children, aging between 5 and 16 do not go to school in Pakistan. With 44% of the total population of the said age group, Pakistan has the world’s second-highest number of out of school children, as per an estimate by UNICEF.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Citizens Foundation (TCF) and Mishal Pakistan to create awareness among the general public regarding children who are not able to attend school. The awareness will be given through print, electronic and online mediums.
TCF and Mishal have collaborated with a commitment to enhancing their reporting quality on out-of-school children by developing the capacity of journalists reporting on Education and Social Development related issues.
Therefore, they will jointly develop a capacity-building initiative by working with senior journalists on different forums in Pakistan. Training sessions will be conducted in different cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, and Quetta.
Isfandyar Inayat, General Manager, TCF said, “The economic development of a nation is closely related to the development of its human resources. Our partnership with Mishal Pakistan aims to spotlight Pakistan’s education crisis that is affecting the ability of our children to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge needed for effective participation and contribution to our national development. We are thankful to Mishal Pakistan for stepping up to help us in this cause.”