Transformed Waseela-e-Taleem initiative to help enroll out-of-school children

ISLAMABAD: The massive reforms being introduced for expansion of the Waseela-e-Taleem initiative under Ehsaas would help support vulnerable households through providing educational stipends for the education of their children and significantly contribute to enroll out-of-school children.

Pakistan has 19.1 million out-of-school children who need to be enrolled for improving the literacy rate which is directly linked to the development of nation and the country.

According to an official source, Pakistan had been running an Education Conditional Cash Transfer program for primary school going children called Waseela-e-Taleem since 2012 in the selected districts.

The program encountered a number of challenges including high administrative cost, weak compliance monitoring system, low stipend amount and high error and fraud due to a paper-based approach, hindering the result oriented impact.

However, now the reforms being introduced in the program included expansion of Waseela-e-Taleem initiative to all the districts of the country, new stipend policy, digitized mechanism and cost-effective institutional infrastructure. - APP