We all know about the recent episode of unprecedented floods throughout the country. Recent analysis shows that this year in Pakistan it rained 6 times more than the rain on average in the last 30 years in the monsoon season. This resulted in 33 million people being directly affected by the floods, and close to 24,000 schools in the country were either damaged or destroyed. The whole situation points to one inescapable question, how will the 3.5 million children especially girls affected by these floods return to school?
This seems like a big ask since Pakistan was able to rebuild the schools destroyed in the 2005 only last year. It took 16 years to rebuild the earthquake-affected schools and the estimated number of damaged schools back then was only 3,660. How long will the government take to rebuild the 24,000 schools damaged in floods?
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On a recent episode of the podcast series “Let’s Talk Education” which is published on BoloJawan in collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE), Ms. Sumera Mehboob, Director, Mechanism for Rational Change shared that the recent floods in Balochistan have drastically affected the attendance of girls in schools. Even the girls’ schools with a strength of around 1,000 students have seen a drastic drop in attendance. On average, girls’ schools in Balochistan are observing an attendance of not more than 34 students.
“Our school’s syllabus provides only the basic information to students about climate change. Our students, teachers, and even the communities aren’t equipped to battle the impacts of climate change neither we have any long-term strategies to mitigate its impacts”, Sumera further added speaking about the impacts of climate change.
Mr. Abdul Khaliq, Chief Planning Officer, PPIU, School Education Department, Balochistan also participated in the episode and spoke about the school education department’s mitigation strategy during emergency situations “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have adapted three major phases in the Balochistan Education Sector Plan – 2020-25, “Response, Recovery, and Resilience”. This change was necessary to ensure that we are able to battle any emergency situation in the future as well as to ensure that the learning losses for students are kept at a minimum.”
Click on the playlist below to catch the full conversation.
Let’s Talk Education, Season 2, EP 2, P1, Sumera Mehboob, Abdul Khaliq
“حالیہ سیلاب میں لڑکوں کے مقابلے میں لڑکیوں کی تعلیم واضح طور پر زیادہ متاثر ہوئی ہے۔ بلوچستان میں لڑکیوں کے پردے کا سختی سے خیال رکھا جاتا ہے۔ اسکولوں کی چاردیواری، واش رومز اور استعمال کے پانی کی سہولیات کو نقصان پہنچا ہے، جس کی وجہ سے لڑکیوں کا اسکول جانا بند ہو گیا ہے۔” سمیرا محبوب، ڈائریکٹر، میکانزم فار ریشنل چینج In collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Education – PCE
Posted by Bolo Jawan on Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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