August 3, 2022

“Article 25-A must be applied in letter and spirit”

The Legal Rights Forum, in its latest report, has expressed concern over the lack of effective implementation of the fundamental right of access to education as defined in Article 25 A of the Constitution of Pakistan, a statement in his report.

The forum affirms that education in all its forms, including informal, non-formal and formal, is crucial to ensuring the human dignity of all individuals. The right to education for all as enshrined in Article 25 A of the Constitution as a fundamental right of every Pakistani citizen without any discrimination.

There is a need to eradicate illiteracy, enlighten the minds of children and promote quality education without caste or creed bias. In this regard, according to the forum, Sindh adopted the Non-Formal Education Policy in 2017, but the provision of systematic services at local level for Non-Formal Education still remains a big challenge.

The forum under the campaign titled “Programme for the Right to Education for All” helped to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act and the Non-Formal Education Policy of Sindh and strengthened Article 25-A of the Constitution of Pakistan.

“LRF recognizes the importance of coordination and collaboration; therefore, they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh, and also signed a Letter of Understanding with JICA to offer services related to NFE Act and trade rules across the country.

“To accelerate progress and ensure the equitable expansion of quality education, LRF is currently engaged in teaching NFE to out-of-school girls in Sindh. The forum recently completed education for over 2,300 girls who were enrolled in 70 accelerated learning centers. “The goal of ALCs is to improve the well-being of girls through safe alternative learning and development opportunities. In order to address the severe challenge faced by girls who do not attend formal school, the accelerated learning approach has been used as an alternative approach to provide crucial access to education,” said the president of the LRF, lawyer Malik Muhammad Tahir.

He pointed out that the forum provided educational opportunities for 2,300 out-of-school girls from semi-urban and rural areas from various ethnic and religious minorities, marginalized groups and low-income families, across 70 ALCs. The enrolled girls had access to distance learning opportunities thanks to 90 teachers from local communities who were hired and trained under the ALG project.

No less than 1,786 girls at the primary level and 486 at the elementary level have completed their courses and are now enrolled in formal educational institutes. “LRF will continue to advocate with governments and development partners to invest more in NFE and, based on its experience and lessons learned, LRF wants to take the lead in scaling up NFE.

The report states: “LRF also plans to expand NFE classes to juveniles in remand centers and industrial schools for young offenders in Sindh to improve literacy and skills education among juveniles and to help them in their rehabilitation/reintegration into society. In this regard, LRF also intends to cover children residing with their mothers in women’s prisons. »