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File Photo: Girls playing football after enrollment in a school in Quetta's New Kahan Marri: Photo provided by Naqeeb Khilji

Quetta: 43 girls 48 boys enrolled in school in new Kahan Marri

Education Desk: 

In Quetta’s Kahan Marri area, 43 girls and 48 boys enrolled in a school under the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).

The girls and boys had no access to education earlier. Secretary Education Balochistan, Sher Khan Bazai, Naqeeb Khilji of the UNICEF, and other officers of the department also participated in the enrollment function. “I am happy to be here among the children”, Mr. Bazai said.

A girl’s smile after enrollment in the UNICEF ALP prgram at new Kahan Marri Quetta: Photo provided by Naqeeb Khilji

Bags and stationery items distributed among students 

The government of Balochistan and UNICEF provided bags and stationery items to the newly enrolled girls and boys during the function. Tribal elders from the Marri tribe also participated in the function.

“These girls are our future”, the Secretary of education told the elders. He said educated girls and boys can play an important role in the prosperity and development of the country and nation.

Secretary Education Balochistan, Sher Khan Bazai posing for a photo with newly enrolled girls at Kahan Marri Quetta: Photo provided by Naqeeb Khilji

Present government taking steps for promotion of girls education 

Mr. Bazai stated the present government has taken a number of initiatives to promote girls’ education in Balochistan. The government had already announced a stipend for the girls’ students across Balochistan to promote girl’s education in the province.

Recreational kits also provided to the enrolled girls and boys. “UNICEF is ready to join hands with the government for promotion of education”, Naqeeb Khilji stated. He urged the parents to get their sons and daughters enrolled in schools for a better tomorrow.

Balochistan lagging behind other provinces in the education sector

Balochistan is lagging behind other provinces in terms of key social indicators as compared to other provinces of the country. The education department’s statistics show more than 1 million children most of the girls are currently out of schools in Balochistan.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.