Iqra Centre Contributes Rs10m to Upgrade 300 Schools

Islamabad:03 May:With less than 2.7 per cent of GDP being spent on education, Pakistan is spending least on the sector in comparison to 26 nations which are poorer than the country, which is a real concern to address. Education’s condition is despicable throughout the country having literacy rate of 58% with huge gender disparity. According to reports 43% literacy rate is noticed in females, while less than 3% females know how to read in FATA. Punjab is leading all provinces with 60% literacy rate, while Balochistan has the least rate of 41% with a lot of infrastructural problems such as washrooms, classrooms, ghost-schools etc. Eying the importance of education in nation building and the contribution an educated society can make to the progress and prosperity of the country, the incumbent federal government has taken some remarkable steps including allocating more funds to Higher Education Commission and improving the condition of government schools. However, a lot is still needed to be done. Considering it a national obligation and in order to contribute something to the education sector some private institutions have come forward for the cause, Iqra University being one of them. Iqra Centre for Social Response (ISCR) is working in university’s domain since year 2007-08 under the brand name of Let’s Transform to provide basic facilities at government and private educational institutes, said Project Director Kashif Khan adding so far around 300 schools had been aided with a cost of more than Rs10 million. He said lack of basic facilities at schools situated in far-flung areas of the country prompted the idea and it was included in the final project of students of BBA and MBA courses to somehow upgrade those schools. It is also unfortunate that nearly 5.1 million children have been deprived of the basic right of education in Pakistan despite the fact that it has been enshrined in Article 25 of the Constitution of 1973 that provision of compulsory education is the responsibility of state. Groups of four to five students are formed in final semester who contribute around Rs100,000 to 300,000 for providing facilities including computer labs, scholarships, school renovation, water filters, workshops etc to schools situated at far off areas, Kashif informed. He said the schools upgraded so far under the programme include those situated in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Bhara Kahu, Murree, Pind Bhagwal, Rawat, Gujjar Khan, Pind Dadan Khan, Peshawar, Khyber Agency, Lahore, Kashmir, Taxila, D I Khan, Swabi and many others.The news.