WikiConference India 2016/Submissions/Promote Girls Education in Pakistan

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CHALLENGES/ISSUES Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.The situation is also especially alarming in rural areas due to social and cultural obstacles. Girls of rural areas are facing many problems regarding their studies.There are several issues and causes of education problems for girls in rural areas of Pakistan. Inaccessibility of education in Pakistan, especially in backward areas is a result of distance, child labor, scarcity of teachers, local leaders, frequent policy changes and fear of losing power. They are involved in reproductive and productive and community work for 14 to 18 hours. Poverty is also a big hurdle in girls' education. According to UNICEF, 17.6 per cent of Pakistani children are working and supporting their families. Indeed, children working as domestic help is a common phenomenon in Pakistan, and this sector employs more girls than boys. Women which are the 51% on the country population, have been forced to just bear children for their husband and remain within their houses. In backward areas, girls schools are far away from their homes, many families cannot afford traveling expenses for their children. Separate schools for girls are not available. Girls are living under the fear of extremist. Parents favour the education of their sons over their daughters because they think that boys are the future earning hands of their family while girls education is not necessarily desirable.

As per report of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) ,” “8th largest food producing country and on the other, its 50% population is food insecure. Pakistan was the 6th largest producer of apricot, 5th largest producer of milk. On the other hand 40% of its children are malnourished and underweight due to lack of access to adequate food.” With the increase in poverty, people spend more on food as compared to non-food items. Within the poorest group, the average household’s expenditure share on food has gone up to 61.6 percent

SOLUTION

Our goal for next three years is

• Promote girl education by provide awareness in community • Invite like minded people all over the world for support this noble cause • Send 30,000 girls to school • Provide food packages to poor households who agree to send their girls to school

Who are we? Muwakhat is working since July 2013 for destitute and poor who are unable to get basic necessities of life. We are uplifting life of Destitute by helping in two phases. At phase one, Muwakhat give free food package for old couples, free health camp for women specially who malnutrition, free health insurance for women, free legal services for women and raise voice against violence for them, education scholarship for girls. Once destitute family feel relief, become active to earn income instead bagging then take them to

phase two, offer microfinance interest free loan for start up business and help them generate consistent income. In 2011 Later on, poor family started to earn consistent income then link them to bank for bigger loan and built saving for contingencies. After some months of join as member, these families start to donate Muwakhat for Safety Net Program and this act help them to built self esteem by help community. 

MISSION Economic and social stability to poor families, so society keep progress on development. Target Audience: Vulnerable groups Women, Children (street children & child workers), Elder people, Disables: Both Male & female