Islamabad - National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has imparted education to 3.84 million adults in its 164,190 adult literacy centres, Chairperson Razina Alam Khan said yesterday.

As many as 141 literary centres have also been established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the cost of Rs 1.75 million while Rs 4.68 million have been allocated for phase-II programme being undertaken soon, she said in an exclusive talk with APP. In addition to that, she said, 6,581 feeder teachers are educating 299,035 students in 5,949 feeder schools while NCHD has also established 100 feeder schools in seminaries of Islamabad capital Territory (ICT).

A sum of Rs 45 million have been allocated to enable the students of 10 seminaries of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Federally Administered Tribal Areas(FATA), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu Kashmir to get modern education subsequently equipping them to compete in the job market.

Likewise, 10 Feeder schools have been established under “Own a School Initiative Programme” in the less developed districts of the country, Thatta, Umerkot, Bahawalpur, Kohat. Moreover, five feeder schools have also been established in Sibi distrcit. The NCHD in collaboration with Annual Status of Education Report have been active in 43 districts with the cost of Rs 760 million to enhance enrolment ratio.

A sum of Rs 62.64 has been spent for preventing dropout ratio and absenteeism of children from the schools under NCHD. The share of UNICEF would be Rs 49.66 million for the project.

When shedding light on the NCHD’s future plans she said a training institute for Literacy and would be established in Islamabad to literate 90,300 illiterate including 90 percent females and 10 percent males by opening Adult Literacy Centres at a cost of Rs 256 million.

The PC-1 for the project has already been submitted to the government, she said. The literacy centres would also be established in seminaries while special courses have also been arranged for Taxi drivers, gardeners and labours with special literacy courses. National Training Institute for promotion of Literacy and non-formal education will be established in Islamabad. The institute will aim to build capacity, material and research development, examination and assessment/certification and equivalency and maintaining data bank for literacy.

Answering a question, she said that NCHD due to paucity of funds since 2008 had been hindering to achieve the set goals while the present PML (N) government has been attaching priority to the programs of NCHD. She said that the NCHD would continue to persuade the authorities for allocation of necessary funds to continue the ball rolling in a positive manner.