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Reforms in education sector of rural Balochistan

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The writer is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for European Union-Funded Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment Programme. He tweets @asmatkhan19

To end poverty in all its forms in Balochistan, efforts made must include enabling households escape from chronic poverty over time, and improving services’ delivery at the grass-roots level particularly in rural areas.

An analysis under Poverty Scorecard Census (PSC) of existing socioeconomic baseline data from nine districts for the EU’s BRACE Programme reveals alarming trends. For example, survey data shows that 85 per cent of the population in the area cannot read and write and the situation becomes further grim for women, 94 per cent of whom are without reading and writing skills.

Overall, more than 85 per cent children are out of school and the reasons are chronic poverty, insufficient education infrastructure against the vast stretch of the geographical area, lack of faith in quality of education and lack of awareness on the importance of education.

Needless to say that the impact of aforesaid figures would negatively impact the socioeconomic development of the province in the future if not taken seriously at any level. These facts also expose the inability of the state to implement its constitutional provision that guarantees the provision of free, compulsory quality education to all children between ages 5-16 years under Article 25-A of the Constitution.

It is also a non-compliance with the global development agenda defined through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the goal four not only charts out the indicators for........

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