Shoaib Haider, Country Director of HOPE’87- Pakistan, in an interview with the Austrian Development Agency…

In an interview with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the country director of HOPE’87- Pakistan, Mr Shoaib Haider, is talking about the low enrolment rate of children in the schools of Pakistan.

Approximately 25 million children between the ages of 5 to 16 are not attending school in Pakistan. Most of them are girls, who miss out on their education due to helping their families in the households in order to enable their parents to go to work.

Primarily though, Mr Haider sees this exorbitantly high number of children not having access to education as a result of the urban/rural dichotomy of educational facilities. Due to the instabilities in certain areas and the bad transportation systems, many parents worry about sending their children to school.

Mr Haider sees a solution to this matter in expanding educational facilities in rural areas through the establishment of informal educational centres. Through such projects, one can make sure that equal educational opportunities reach all children in Pakistan and especially allow marginalized girls to benefit from it for their future.

If you would like to read the whole interview with ADA, please click on the following link and see pages 35 to 37: http://www.entwicklung.at/mediathek/weltnachrichten/