Lack of quality and comprehensive education is becoming one of the basic and urgent issues for many developing countries. In Pakistan, the education system inherited from the colonial authorities is considered to be one of the most underdeveloped ones in the world. It has the second highest rate of out-of-school children and the third largest rate of illiterate adults globally, according to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. As of 2015, the number of illiterate adults equals to 51 million people.
Pakistan has much work to do to provide young people with an opportunity to get holistic education. By now, the only way for Pakistani young people to obtain education is to apply for international scholarships at international universities and colleges. Educate the Planet Foundation aims to provide financial support through available grants for Pakistani students across a range of levels and specialisations.
Scholarship types: The foundation provides, in some cases, accommodation grants as well as full and partial tuition scholarships for Pakistani students in the UK, USA and Russia.
Universities, colleges and schools: The foundation grants scholarships for Pakistani students to study at reputable educational establishments and global organisations across the world:
Course levels: Scholarships are tenable across a variety of levels, from English courses and professional training programmes to GCSE, A-levels, BA, MA, MSc and MBA degrees.
Specialisations: Scholarships available range from Business Management, Engineering and Computer Sciences to Modern Languages, Humanities and Art & Design.
According to the Constitution of Pakistan, free and compulsory education must be provided to all children between the ages of 5-16 years. Nevertheless, illiteracy in Pakistan is one the most alarming issues, especially among women. The problem is even more grave in rural areas due to economic and cultural challenges. Although governments launched a number of programmes to foster comprehensive education, the country still suffers from the lack of investment in this sector.
Major challenges that thwart the education progress in Pakistan include:
Gender discrimination was mainly affected by the Taliban enforcement that prohibited female education in several Pakistani regions. In many cases, education for female population is banned due to religious and cultural beliefs. According to UNESCO, primary school enrollment equals to 60% for girls and 84% enrollment for boys, whereas secondary school enrollment amounts to 32% and 46% for females and males accordingly.
Poverty is another gross hurdle in Pakistani education. Many children, mostly girls, are forced to work and support their families. In big cities, parents may combine their efforts to send their kids to schools, whereas in impoverished rural areas children are likely to become domestic workers, which leaves no room for schools and universities.
The low quality of education in Pakistan results from shortage of teaching staff, equipped classrooms and outdated curriculum. As of 2014, a number of public schools in Pakistan were lacking in basic facilities, such as electricity and drinking water.