Caritas Pakistan launched “Caritas Initiative for Education Promotion” (CIEP) at Caritas Pakistan National Secretariat in which the staff members and CIEP team gathered to cut the ribbon and initiate the project in 4 dioceses of Pakistan that included Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Karachi and Lahore on Feb 14.
“The idea is to create an education system that targets to educate and empower hundreds of school dropouts and child laborers,” said Mr. Amjad Gulzar (Executive Director Caritas Pakistan) during the launch of CIEP while emphasizing the importance of education as a big issue of the country. He also motivated and encouraged the team to contribute in the development of the community.
5.4 million Children are school dropouts and 24 million children have never been to school in Pakistan. The question that comes into mind is that what are the main issues and why there is a large rate of uneducated children? Some reasons that came into light were financial support to families, death of parents, failing many times, using drugs, early child marriages, lack interest and financial crisis.
A documentary was also played which projected the ongoing education project implementing in different villages of Caritas Islamabad/Rawalpindi and Multan with a special focus on working & street children and drug addicts.
Prior to launching ceremony, Caritas Pakistan team participated in orientation and planning of education project on Feb 13. Mrs. Anila Gill (Education program Officer) facilitated the meeting in which the team and Mr. Amjad Gulzar formulated fully fledged strategies and guidelines for the implementation of the project. Diocesan Project Officers shared their initial research work done in field survey, the needs & challenges of the area faced. Mr. Liaqat from Caritas Pakistan Islamabad/Rawalpindi summarized Non formal education system of Pakistan and initiatives for school dropouts. “We need to create realistic policies to implement project as there are not much institutes for school dropouts in Pakistan,” he said.