Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment



Girls' Education

UNICEF is working to ensure that girls go to, and stay in, school.

There is overall agreement that in order to attain universal school enrolment, the disparity provinces must be brought on par with national figures. For example, government statistics show a net enrolment rate of 97.2% but figures in Sistan and Baluchistan show a rate of 81.8% for boys and only 71.5% for girls.

Concerted efforts must also be made to ensure that children complete primary education. Figures from 2001 show a steady decline in completion rates across age groups, with only 52.7% of 14-16 year olds completing the primary programme. Factors impairing completion include the low quality of schooling, inexperienced teachers, a lack of female teachers and negative attitudes towards girl's education.

UNICEF aims to protect and realize the rights to education of the most vulnerable, marginalized and at-risk girls in selected districts in the three disparity provinces. The project will identify innovative approaches involving communities and will include marginalized and vulnerable children who have previously been denied education. Other activities include curriculum reform and the introduction of participative teaching and learning methods.



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