MoUs signed to enroll children under Ehsaas Education Stipends

ISLAMABAD: Ehsaas has inked Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training and provinces to enroll the children under Ehsaas Education Stipends.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar and Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mehmood co-chaired the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ehsaas and Federal Ministry for Education and Professional Training.

The MoU aimed to tap additional human resources for the rollout of Ehsaas Education Stipends programme.

On the occasion, a second MoU was also signed between Ehsaas and National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) to mobilize eligible families to enroll their children under Ehsaas Education Stipends.

“Under the umbrella of Ehsaas, the launching of Education Stipends programme is just on the anvil and preparations are in full swing to roll it out nationwide. In this regard, Ehsaas is also signing MoUs with provinces to expand education stipends programme”, Dr. Sania said.

Speaking on the occasion, Shafqat Mehmood said, “The Federal Ministry for Education and Professional Training will fully collaborate with Ehsaas to bring back out of school children to schools and reduce the dropouts. Children of the eligible families can benefit from Ehsaas stipends to continue their studies till higher secondary education.”

There are 18.7 million out-of-school children in the country. Ehsaas Education Stipends programme has been designed in coordination with provinces, and Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training to avoid duplications; reduce disparities in primary to higher secondary education opportunities by raising attendance, school enrolment, and the school progression among out of school children particularly girls.

Children of the deserving families registered with Ehsaas can get education stipends in schools and colleges registered with the concerned Education Departments to continue their secondary and higher secondary studies. National Ehsaas survey is on its last leg, based on which, 10 million families are being identified and enrolled this year under Ehsaas Kafaalat programme.

Children in all classes, in every district, of all Ehsaas eligible families are eligible for Ehsaas Education Stipends.

Ehsaas is also signing MoUs with the Secondary Education and Higher Education/Colleges’ Departments of provinces for identifying and providing education stipends to the eligible families.

These MoUs are aimed to forge collaboration between Ehsaas and provinces for effective implementation of education conditional cash transfers (CCT).

The two MoUs were signed Monday at the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in Islamabad.

Federal Secretaries from the Education Ministry and Ehsaas programme also joined the ceremony along with senior officials from both the Ministries. Naveed Akbar, Director General CCT, Ehsaas and Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, Additional Secretary, Federal Ministry for Education and Professional Training signed the MoU. From NCHD, Hassan Baig from NCHD signed the MoU. – APP