PRESS RELEASE: ACCESS GRANTED for a safer educational experience in Pakistan

HOPE’87 along with the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) are on the move yet again in Pakistan bringing education to out-of-school children. A grant has been given by the European Commission under the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) to fund the new project “Access for out-of-school Children to Education and Safe Schools” (AcCESS) in Pakistan.

This project hopes to expand safe educational access and learning opportunities to over 50,000 individuals, which over 25,000 children (about 50% girls) are currently out-of-school in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan. Drop-out rates are expected decrease through the provision of over 160 new and better learning environments, which will improve learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy for over 45,000 children, improve teaching effectiveness of about 730 teachers, and promote and strengthen the capacity of school safety to the children and members of the school management committees, who also advocate for girls’ empowerment and educational rights.

Indirectly, the project will benefit about 300,000 people through a downstream impact that well-educated girls have on communities through raising health levels, providing social services for women at the local level, as well as on education by creating a stronger teacher cohort. Transformative impacts on a wider scale include having overall healthier families, improved social and economic status (especially for girls), addressed protection and safety concerns for children and educational staff, and increase female participation in local governance and community decision-making. This will open the door for future female educational leaders and managers, as well as raise a generation of mothers and communities committed to advocate for girls’ empowerment and educational rights. 

HOPE’87 has been active in Pakistan since 2002 with the rise of Afghan refugees coming into the country. Some other recent projects that have been implemented in relation to the educational sector are: Community-led Education Opportunities in Pakistan (CEOP), A Safer Tomorrow – Disaster Preparedness in Pakistan (STDP4) and Supporting Education in Emergency in Pakistan (SEEP).

The project is co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), who have been continuously providing support for educational rights and opportunities in Pakistan.

For more information about the project, please contact our project officers: