Gilgit-Baltistan:Improving Human Development Indicators

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Islamabad (BR): The government would launch a project “Improving Human Development Indicators in Pakistan” at a cost of Rs 8.15 billion across the country to achieve 86 per cent literacy rate by 2015.

The project would comprise sub-project-1 and sub-project-2 for establishment of 98,100 Basic Literacy Centers (ALCs) in all provinces including ICT, Fata, Gilgit- Baltistan and AJK for the target bracket of 11 to 45 years to make 245,2500 persons literate, mainly women.There would be no foreign grant or loan for this 3-year project, the federal government would provide funds with the support of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) for the project.

The government for Universal Primary Education Programme would provide Rs 1.438 billion to Punjab, Rs 1.453 billion to Sindh, Rs 573.43 million to Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Rs 856.82 million to Balochistan, Rs 34.57 million to Fata, Rs 45.36 million to Gilgit-Baltistan, Rs 173.106 million to AJK, Rs 16.033 million to ICT etc.Similarly for Basic Literacy Programme, the government would provide Rs 718.73 million to Punjab, Rs 662.118 million to Sindh, Rs 555.045 million to Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Rs 379.57 million to Balochistan, Rs 6.246 million to ICT, Rs 104.45 million to Fata etc.In this regard, the NCHD would provide Rs 521.552 million (in cash) for universalisation of Primary Education, Rs 283.36 million for Adult Literacy Programme, Rs 264.44 million for Basic Literacy Project, Rs 18.92 million for Post Literacy Project and Rs 10.057 million for monitoring and evaluation.Sub-project-1 would support systemic refinement to improve operational system and governance in Education Departments at provincial/area department leading to 90% intake rate in primary schools, with less than 20% dropouts in the first three grades in primary schools.Sub-project-2 would focus on Adult Literacy Programme and Post Literacy Programme in 134 districts/administrative units in all provinces including Islamabad capital Territory (ICT), Fata, Gilgit- Baltistan and AJK.

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