Girls’ educational attainment in Pakistan lags behind the level of attainment of boys. This is seen in literacy levels and school enrolment figures, which reveal that large number of girls, have limited access to even basic schooling. As per 1998 Census, the overall literacy was 37%. In 2010 it increased to 53% with male having the ratio of 72% as against the 35% for female.
Similarly in the province of KPK, Government girl’s institutes are already 50% less than boy’s institutions and there are many Union Councils where there is no institution for girls to study in after the primary education i.e. at middle, secondary and higher secondary level. Parents usually do not permit their grown-up girls to go to study outside (city areas or town) mainly on account of their security concerns. In this way girls remain deprived of education after completing their primary education.
Friends Pakistan with the support of its partners i.e. Hoshyar Foundation, The Maria Helena Foundation, Circle of Women, The Waterloo Foundation and Friends of Pakistan is contributing in providing the opportunity of acquiring education to all those girls whose education was always at stake after the completion of primary level. In this respect, since 2008 twelve (12) outreach areas of District Mansehra and Torghar have been targeted wherein above than two thousands (2000) girls have attained education at secondary and higher secondary level. As a result of integrated approach of the project that connect the inhabitants of outreach communities with political electable and government departments and massive mobilization for the cause of girls education, out of these twelve (12) outreach communities, government schools for girls education at secondary and higher secondary level have been sanctioned for five (5) outreach communities.
Currently, seven (7) community based schools are established in outreach areas of District Mansehra and Torghar that are providing free education to girls at middle, high and high secondary level. Over five hundred girls (500) are attaining education in these schools. Since the start of the project, three hundred and thirty two (332) students have completed matriculation, ninety (90) students have completed Intermediate level, seventeen (17) students have completed Bachelor level and one students has achieved mater level of education.