July 15, 2015
Non Formal Education Project, Punjab
Islamabad; 15 July, 2015: JICA, Federal Government, and provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan have agreed to implement a project relating to the improvement of non-formal education in Pakistan titled "Advancing Quality Alternative Learning Project in Islamic Republic of Pakistan". A Record of Discussion has been signed amongst Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative, JICA Pakistan; Mr. Muhammad lmtiaz Tajwar, Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan, Dr. Naveed Ahmad Chaudhry, Secretary, Literacy and NFBE Department, Government of Punjab; Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary, Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh; Dr. Muhammad Aslam, Secretary, Social Welfare, Special Education, Literacy and Non Formal Education Department, Government of Balochistan and Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Secretary (Japan), Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan.
The new project is an expansion of the past JICA supported interventions in the field of non-formal education. JICA has cooperated for non-formal education system development in Punjab since 2004 till March 2015. As a result of past JICA assistance, Punjab government has developed, piloted and implemented an accelerated quality non formal learning system for out of school children and adult literacy system for illiterate adults. Curriculum, text books, standards, teaching aids, learning materials, teacher's training program, and Non Formal Education Management information System (NFEMIS) has been developed and is being continuously utilized by the Punjab government. As a result 2,877,541 people (2,040,615 adults & 836,926 children) have benefited, over a period of 12 years, in Punjab.
The new project to be starting in October 2015, having duration of 50 months, will complete in November 2019. During this period the non-formal and adult literacy education system will be further upgraded in Punjab (from primary non formal education to middle level vocational education) and the primary level non formal education system will be utilized for assisting Federal, Sindh, and Balochistan governments in developing their own non formal and adult literacy systems, taking into consideration their own regional contexts, needs & systems in place.
The upcoming new project is anticipated to reach out to additional 2.7 million people of Pakistan; out of which 1.8 million are illiterate adults & 0.9 million are out of school children.