- BISP secretary says programme aims at enrolling five- to 12-year-old children of BISP beneficiaries in Punjab
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Secretary Rab Nawaz said the Waseela-e-Taleem initiative of the programme would be implemented in seven districts of Punjab.
“BISP is all set to launch Waseela-e-Taleem initiative in seven districts of Punjab from the next financial year to boost the ongoing efforts of the provincial education department for enrolment and retention of the children of marginalised section of the Punjab in primary education,” he said.
In a meeting with the Punjab education secretary, he apprised that following signing of Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) between the BISP and all the provincial governments for the purpose, they are conducting meetings with Secretaries of Schools Education Department of all the provinces to finalise the implementation arrangements, said a news release issued on Monday.
Nawaz said the present phase of Waseela-e-Taleem Programme follows a pilot phase implemented in five districts all over the country. Lessons learnt in the test phase have been incorporated in the revised design which will now be implemented in 27 districts in the country, of which seven districts would be in Punjab.
The programme, he added, aims to enrol five to 12 years children of BISP beneficiaries in Punjab with additional cash transfer of Rs 600 per child per quarter. The seven districts of Punjab – Bahawalnagar, Khushab, Narowal, RY Khan, Rawalpindi and Sialkot – have been selected for the extended phase.
The BISP secretary laid emphasis on the need for a proper coordination at district and provincial level between the education department and
Aurat Foundation, BISP’s implementation partner, to ensure synergies and integration between the provincial efforts and BISP’s initiatives.