The Provincial Education Department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) realized in 2017 that the number of students enrolled in schools was not increasing despite the fact that they were given free books, uniforms, and a stipend. It was then researched and realized that commute was the major issue hindering students to travel to school for education.
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Due to the long distances, it was not easy for students to travel and parents were hesitant to send them to schools as there were limited transport facilities. Also, the affordability of the transport was a hurdle for many parents. Thus the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department (K-P ESED) collaborated with Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) and launch the ‘Sustainable Transition and Retention in Delivering Education’ (STRIDE) initiative.
So the school girls who lived at least 2 or more than 2km away were given pick and drop facility and the boys were given free bicycles.
Initially, the project was launched in Swabi and Kohat and now it has been extended to District Mardan and Nowshehra. Around 1000 students have been facilitated through this initiative.
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