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Girls education adversely affected in FATA, Swat

WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thirty rupees which is not affordable for a person like me with limited income.
The population of Hilal Khan’s village is ten thousand but there is only one middle school and there is no girls school in the whole areas of 50 square km.He said, he has three daughters but all are illiterate because of non-availability of girls school in the area.
He said in Bajour Agency 99.5 percent girls are illiterate due to non-availability of schools and traditional cultural constraints against girls and lack of protection for girls in some Taliban dominated areas.
A political activist and ex-president of PSF from Kabal District Swat said on the condition of anonymity that in Tehsil Kabal 90 percent of girls school have been closed for the last six months. He said Girls Degree College Kabal was totally destroyed by militants and more than two thousand girls students of the said college are facing education problems.” This trend of discouraging girls from education would hammer the last nail in the development of women of the area”
Talking to WTP Zarena Bibi, a female teacher at a school in Malakand (Provincial Administerative Tribal Area), said that she  is extremely worried about the situation. “This is terrible!” she added.She said the primary school where she taught had about 300 students two months ago. Their numbers had dwindled to 120 since then. An estimated 8,000 school girls have dropped out over the past two months in the villages of Imam Deri, Koza Banda, Bara Banda, Khabal and Char Bagh in Swat.
Female literacy rate in Pakistan is an abysmal 32 percent. It is 30 percent in the NWFP and only three percent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is administered directly by Islamabad. According to official reports, female enrollment in schools in the NWFP is 3.8 percent and 1.3 percent in FATA.
According to a source of FATA Education Directorate in the whole FATA there are five thousand three hundred fifty boys schools and three thousand one hundred eightythree girls schools were registered in 2006-7.In the same period one lakh seventy-one thousand and sixty four girls students and three lakh eighty-eight thousand six hundred and eight boys students were studying in the FATA  education  institutions.
Pro-Taliban militants are active even in mostly tribal areas where anonymous callers have threatened the female teachers and girls students.
The tribal agencies are located on the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. FATA has a unique administrative and political status, as the area is controlled through a combination of political agents and tribal elders, not directly by federal government. The people of the region retain their historical traditions and internal independence, but also are quite isolated. As a result, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of development efforts being undertaken in other parts of the country since the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
NWFP is home to the famous Khyber Pass that connects this mountainous region to Afghanistan, historically a major regional trading route with Peshawar.
Both NWFP and FATA are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, given the long-running conflict there and their Pasthun cultural ties to the region, which further stretches already limited resources to provide education for Pakistani and Afghan children.
In Pakistan, only 65% of those under the age of 24 can read, including 75% of boys and 55% of girls. While the UN Millennium Development Goals aim for countries to achieve universal primary education for all students by 2015, only 68% of Pakistan’s school-age population attends school.
The problem is particularly bad in rural and remote areas of Pakistan specially in FATA, where low school enrollment is coupled with a lack of available reading materials and banned by taliban on girls education.
In FATA and other remote areas of Pakistan young girls are far more likely to be out of school. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the widest gender gap in school enrollment, leading to an equivalent gap in literacy levels. In fact, only 36% of women over 15 are considered fully literate.
Furthermore, it is widely suspected that even among the 36-55% of women and girls who are considered literate, many can do little more than sign their name, while illiterate women sign using thumb prints. The difficulty of improving girls’ literacy is compounded by social and cultural obstacles. The situation is the most critical in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Balochistan province, where the female literacy rate in remote areas stands under 9%.
It is the duty of Government of Pakistan and some international and non-governmental organizations to open schools in these areas.
Note:This exclusive research-oriented report is prepared by “WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN” based on latest information and ground realities.WTP welcomes all opinion and information on education in FATA.
Girls education adversely affected in FATA,Swat
WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PESHAWAR,May7:After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thirty rupees which is not affordable for a person like me with limited income.
The population of Hilal Khan’s village is ten thousand but there is only one middle school and there is no girls school in the whole areas of 50 square km.He said, he has three daughters but all are illiterate because of non-availability of girls school in the area.
He said in Bajour Agency 99.5 percent girls are illiterate due to non-availability of schools and traditional cultural constraints against girls and lack of protection for girls in some Taliban dominated areas.
A political activist and ex-president of PSF from Kabal District Swat said on the condition of anonymity that in Tehsil Kabal 90 percent of girls school have been closed for the last six months. He said Girls Degree College Kabal was totally destroyed by militants and more than two thousand girls students of the said college are facing education problems.” This trend of discouraging girls from education would hammer the last nail in the development of women of the area”
Talking to WTP Zarena Bibi, a female teacher at a school in Malakand (Provincial Administerative Tribal Area), said that she  is extremely worried about the situation. “This is terrible!” she added.She said the primary school where she taught had about 300 students two months ago. Their numbers had dwindled to 120 since then. An estimated 8,000 school girls have dropped out over the past two months in the villages of Imam Deri, Koza Banda, Bara Banda, Khabal and Char Bagh in Swat.
Female literacy rate in Pakistan is an abysmal 32 percent. It is 30 percent in the NWFP and only three percent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is administered directly by Islamabad. According to official reports, female enrollment in schools in the NWFP is 3.8 percent and 1.3 percent in FATA.
According to a source of FATA Education Directorate in the whole FATA there are five thousand three hundred fifty boys schools and three thousand one hundred eightythree girls schools were registered in 2006-7.In the same period one lakh seventy-one thousand and sixty four girls students and three lakh eighty-eight thousand six hundred and eight boys students were studying in the FATA  education  institutions.
Pro-Taliban militants are active even in mostly tribal areas where anonymous callers have threatened the female teachers and girls students.
The tribal agencies are located on the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. FATA has a unique administrative and political status, as the area is controlled through a combination of political agents and tribal elders, not directly by federal government. The people of the region retain their historical traditions and internal independence, but also are quite isolated. As a result, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of development efforts being undertaken in other parts of the country since the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
NWFP is home to the famous Khyber Pass that connects this mountainous region to Afghanistan, historically a major regional trading route with Peshawar.
Both NWFP and FATA are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, given the long-running conflict there and their Pasthun cultural ties to the region, which further stretches already limited resources to provide education for Pakistani and Afghan children.
In Pakistan, only 65% of those under the age of 24 can read, including 75% of boys and 55% of girls. While the UN Millennium Development Goals aim for countries to achieve universal primary education for all students by 2015, only 68% of Pakistan’s school-age population attends school.
The problem is particularly bad in rural and remote areas of Pakistan specially in FATA, where low school enrollment is coupled with a lack of available reading materials and banned by taliban on girls education.
In FATA and other remote areas of Pakistan young girls are far more likely to be out of school. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the widest gender gap in school enrollment, leading to an equivalent gap in literacy levels. In fact, only 36% of women over 15 are considered fully literate.
Furthermore, it is widely suspected that even among the 36-55% of women and girls who are considered literate, many can do little more than sign their name, while illiterate women sign using thumb prints. The difficulty of improving girls’ literacy is compounded by social and cultural obstacles. The situation is the most critical in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Balochistan province, where the female literacy rate in remote areas stands under 9%.
It is the duty of Government of Pakistan and some international and non-governmental organizations to open schools in these areas.
Note:This exclusive research-oriented report is prepared by “WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN” based on latest information and ground realities.WTP welcomes all opinion and information on education in FATA.
Girls education adversely affected in FATA,Swat
WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PESHAWAR,May7:After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thirty rupees which is not affordable for a person like me with limited income.
The population of Hilal Khan’s village is ten thousand but there is only one middle school and there is no girls school in the whole areas of 50 square km.He said, he has three daughters but all are illiterate because of non-availability of girls school in the area.
He said in Bajour Agency 99.5 percent girls are illiterate due to non-availability of schools and traditional cultural constraints against girls and lack of protection for girls in some Taliban dominated areas.
A political activist and ex-president of PSF from Kabal District Swat said on the condition of anonymity that in Tehsil Kabal 90 percent of girls school have been closed for the last six months. He said Girls Degree College Kabal was totally destroyed by militants and more than two thousand girls students of the said college are facing education problems.” This trend of discouraging girls from education would hammer the last nail in the development of women of the area”
Talking to WTP Zarena Bibi, a female teacher at a school in Malakand (Provincial Administerative Tribal Area), said that she  is extremely worried about the situation. “This is terrible!” she added.She said the primary school where she taught had about 300 students two months ago. Their numbers had dwindled to 120 since then. An estimated 8,000 school girls have dropped out over the past two months in the villages of Imam Deri, Koza Banda, Bara Banda, Khabal and Char Bagh in Swat.
Female literacy rate in Pakistan is an abysmal 32 percent. It is 30 percent in the NWFP and only three percent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is administered directly by Islamabad. According to official reports, female enrollment in schools in the NWFP is 3.8 percent and 1.3 percent in FATA.
According to a source of FATA Education Directorate in the whole FATA there are five thousand three hundred fifty boys schools and three thousand one hundred eightythree girls schools were registered in 2006-7.In the same period one lakh seventy-one thousand and sixty four girls students and three lakh eighty-eight thousand six hundred and eight boys students were studying in the FATA  education  institutions.
Pro-Taliban militants are active even in mostly tribal areas where anonymous callers have threatened the female teachers and girls students.
The tribal agencies are located on the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. FATA has a unique administrative and political status, as the area is controlled through a combination of political agents and tribal elders, not directly by federal government. The people of the region retain their historical traditions and internal independence, but also are quite isolated. As a result, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of development efforts being undertaken in other parts of the country since the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
NWFP is home to the famous Khyber Pass that connects this mountainous region to Afghanistan, historically a major regional trading route with Peshawar.
Both NWFP and FATA are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, given the long-running conflict there and their Pasthun cultural ties to the region, which further stretches already limited resources to provide education for Pakistani and Afghan children.
In Pakistan, only 65% of those under the age of 24 can read, including 75% of boys and 55% of girls. While the UN Millennium Development Goals aim for countries to achieve universal primary education for all students by 2015, only 68% of Pakistan’s school-age population attends school.
The problem is particularly bad in rural and remote areas of Pakistan specially in FATA, where low school enrollment is coupled with a lack of available reading materials and banned by taliban on girls education.
In FATA and other remote areas of Pakistan young girls are far more likely to be out of school. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the widest gender gap in school enrollment, leading to an equivalent gap in literacy levels. In fact, only 36% of women over 15 are considered fully literate.
Furthermore, it is widely suspected that even among the 36-55% of women and girls who are considered literate, many can do little more than sign their name, while illiterate women sign using thumb prints. The difficulty of improving girls’ literacy is compounded by social and cultural obstacles. The situation is the most critical in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Balochistan province, where the female literacy rate in remote areas stands under 9%.
It is the duty of Government of Pakistan and some international and non-governmental organizations to open schools in these areas.
Note:This exclusive research-oriented report is prepared by “WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN” based on latest information and ground realities.WTP welcomes all opinion and information on education in FATA.
Girls education adversely affected in FATA,Swat
WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PESHAWAR,May7:After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thirty rupees which is not affordable for a person like me with limited income.
The population of Hilal Khan’s village is ten thousand but there is only one middle school and there is no girls school in the whole areas of 50 square km.He said, he has three daughters but all are illiterate because of non-availability of girls school in the area.
He said in Bajour Agency 99.5 percent girls are illiterate due to non-availability of schools and traditional cultural constraints against girls and lack of protection for girls in some Taliban dominated areas.
A political activist and ex-president of PSF from Kabal District Swat said on the condition of anonymity that in Tehsil Kabal 90 percent of girls school have been closed for the last six months. He said Girls Degree College Kabal was totally destroyed by militants and more than two thousand girls students of the said college are facing education problems.” This trend of discouraging girls from education would hammer the last nail in the development of women of the area”
Talking to WTP Zarena Bibi, a female teacher at a school in Malakand (Provincial Administerative Tribal Area), said that she  is extremely worried about the situation. “This is terrible!” she added.She said the primary school where she taught had about 300 students two months ago. Their numbers had dwindled to 120 since then. An estimated 8,000 school girls have dropped out over the past two months in the villages of Imam Deri, Koza Banda, Bara Banda, Khabal and Char Bagh in Swat.
Female literacy rate in Pakistan is an abysmal 32 percent. It is 30 percent in the NWFP and only three percent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is administered directly by Islamabad. According to official reports, female enrollment in schools in the NWFP is 3.8 percent and 1.3 percent in FATA.
According to a source of FATA Education Directorate in the whole FATA there are five thousand three hundred fifty boys schools and three thousand one hundred eightythree girls schools were registered in 2006-7.In the same period one lakh seventy-one thousand and sixty four girls students and three lakh eighty-eight thousand six hundred and eight boys students were studying in the FATA  education  institutions.
Pro-Taliban militants are active even in mostly tribal areas where anonymous callers have threatened the female teachers and girls students.
The tribal agencies are located on the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. FATA has a unique administrative and political status, as the area is controlled through a combination of political agents and tribal elders, not directly by federal government. The people of the region retain their historical traditions and internal independence, but also are quite isolated. As a result, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of development efforts being undertaken in other parts of the country since the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
NWFP is home to the famous Khyber Pass that connects this mountainous region to Afghanistan, historically a major regional trading route with Peshawar.
Both NWFP and FATA are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, given the long-running conflict there and their Pasthun cultural ties to the region, which further stretches already limited resources to provide education for Pakistani and Afghan children.
In Pakistan, only 65% of those under the age of 24 can read, including 75% of boys and 55% of girls. While the UN Millennium Development Goals aim for countries to achieve universal primary education for all students by 2015, only 68% of Pakistan’s school-age population attends school.
The problem is particularly bad in rural and remote areas of Pakistan specially in FATA, where low school enrollment is coupled with a lack of available reading materials and banned by taliban on girls education.
In FATA and other remote areas of Pakistan young girls are far more likely to be out of school. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the widest gender gap in school enrollment, leading to an equivalent gap in literacy levels. In fact, only 36% of women over 15 are considered fully literate.
Furthermore, it is widely suspected that even among the 36-55% of women and girls who are considered literate, many can do little more than sign their name, while illiterate women sign using thumb prints. The difficulty of improving girls’ literacy is compounded by social and cultural obstacles. The situation is the most critical in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Balochistan province, where the female literacy rate in remote areas stands under 9%.
It is the duty of Government of Pakistan and some international and non-governmental organizations to open schools in these areas.
Note:This exclusive research-oriented report is prepared by “WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN” based on latest information and ground realities.WTP welcomes all opinion and information on education in FATA.
Girls education adversely affected in FATA,Swat
WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PESHAWAR,May7:After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thirty rupees which is not affordable for a person like me with limited income.
The population of Hilal Khan’s village is ten thousand but there is only one middle school and there is no girls school in the whole areas of 50 square km.He said, he has three daughters but all are illiterate because of non-availability of girls school in the area.
He said in Bajour Agency 99.5 percent girls are illiterate due to non-availability of schools and traditional cultural constraints against girls and lack of protection for girls in some Taliban dominated areas.
A political activist and ex-president of PSF from Kabal District Swat said on the condition of anonymity that in Tehsil Kabal 90 percent of girls school have been closed for the last six months. He said Girls Degree College Kabal was totally destroyed by militants and more than two thousand girls students of the said college are facing education problems.” This trend of discouraging girls from education would hammer the last nail in the development of women of the area”
Talking to WTP Zarena Bibi, a female teacher at a school in Malakand (Provincial Administerative Tribal Area), said that she  is extremely worried about the situation. “This is terrible!” she added.She said the primary school where she taught had about 300 students two months ago. Their numbers had dwindled to 120 since then. An estimated 8,000 school girls have dropped out over the past two months in the villages of Imam Deri, Koza Banda, Bara Banda, Khabal and Char Bagh in Swat.
Female literacy rate in Pakistan is an abysmal 32 percent. It is 30 percent in the NWFP and only three percent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is administered directly by Islamabad. According to official reports, female enrollment in schools in the NWFP is 3.8 percent and 1.3 percent in FATA.
According to a source of FATA Education Directorate in the whole FATA there are five thousand three hundred fifty boys schools and three thousand one hundred eightythree girls schools were registered in 2006-7.In the same period one lakh seventy-one thousand and sixty four girls students and three lakh eighty-eight thousand six hundred and eight boys students were studying in the FATA  education  institutions.
Pro-Taliban militants are active even in mostly tribal areas where anonymous callers have threatened the female teachers and girls students.
The tribal agencies are located on the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. FATA has a unique administrative and political status, as the area is controlled through a combination of political agents and tribal elders, not directly by federal government. The people of the region retain their historical traditions and internal independence, but also are quite isolated. As a result, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of development efforts being undertaken in other parts of the country since the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
NWFP is home to the famous Khyber Pass that connects this mountainous region to Afghanistan, historically a major regional trading route with Peshawar.
Both NWFP and FATA are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, given the long-running conflict there and their Pasthun cultural ties to the region, which further stretches already limited resources to provide education for Pakistani and Afghan children.
In Pakistan, only 65% of those under the age of 24 can read, including 75% of boys and 55% of girls. While the UN Millennium Development Goals aim for countries to achieve universal primary education for all students by 2015, only 68% of Pakistan’s school-age population attends school.
The problem is particularly bad in rural and remote areas of Pakistan specially in FATA, where low school enrollment is coupled with a lack of available reading materials and banned by taliban on girls education.
In FATA and other remote areas of Pakistan young girls are far more likely to be out of school. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the widest gender gap in school enrollment, leading to an equivalent gap in literacy levels. In fact, only 36% of women over 15 are considered fully literate.
Furthermore, it is widely suspected that even among the 36-55% of women and girls who are considered literate, many can do little more than sign their name, while illiterate women sign using thumb prints. The difficulty of improving girls’ literacy is compounded by social and cultural obstacles. The situation is the most critical in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Balochistan province, where the female literacy rate in remote areas stands under 9%.
It is the duty of Government of Pakistan and some international and non-governmental organizations to open schools in these areas.
Note:This exclusive research-oriented report is prepared by “WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN” based on latest information and ground realities.WTP welcomes all opinion and information on education in FATA.
Girls education adversely affected in FATA,Swat
WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PESHAWAR,May7:After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thirty rupees which is not affordable for a person like me with limited income.
The population of Hilal Khan’s village is ten thousand but there is only one middle school and there is no girls school in the whole areas of 50 square km.He said, he has three daughters but all are illiterate because of non-availability of girls school in the area.
He said in Bajour Agency 99.5 percent girls are illiterate due to non-availability of schools and traditional cultural constraints against girls and lack of protection for girls in some Taliban dominated areas.
A political activist and ex-president of PSF from Kabal District Swat said on the condition of anonymity that in Tehsil Kabal 90 percent of girls school have been closed for the last six months. He said Girls Degree College Kabal was totally destroyed by militants and more than two thousand girls students of the said college are facing education problems.” This trend of discouraging girls from education would hammer the last nail in the development of women of the area”
Talking to WTP Zarena Bibi, a female teacher at a school in Malakand (Provincial Administerative Tribal Area), said that she  is extremely worried about the situation. “This is terrible!” she added.She said the primary school where she taught had about 300 students two months ago. Their numbers had dwindled to 120 since then. An estimated 8,000 school girls have dropped out over the past two months in the villages of Imam Deri, Koza Banda, Bara Banda, Khabal and Char Bagh in Swat.
Female literacy rate in Pakistan is an abysmal 32 percent. It is 30 percent in the NWFP and only three percent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is administered directly by Islamabad. According to official reports, female enrollment in schools in the NWFP is 3.8 percent and 1.3 percent in FATA.
According to a source of FATA Education Directorate in the whole FATA there are five thousand three hundred fifty boys schools and three thousand one hundred eightythree girls schools were registered in 2006-7.In the same period one lakh seventy-one thousand and sixty four girls students and three lakh eighty-eight thousand six hundred and eight boys students were studying in the FATA  education  institutions.
Pro-Taliban militants are active even in mostly tribal areas where anonymous callers have threatened the female teachers and girls students.
The tribal agencies are located on the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. FATA has a unique administrative and political status, as the area is controlled through a combination of political agents and tribal elders, not directly by federal government. The people of the region retain their historical traditions and internal independence, but also are quite isolated. As a result, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of development efforts being undertaken in other parts of the country since the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
NWFP is home to the famous Khyber Pass that connects this mountainous region to Afghanistan, historically a major regional trading route with Peshawar.
Both NWFP and FATA are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, given the long-running conflict there and their Pasthun cultural ties to the region, which further stretches already limited resources to provide education for Pakistani and Afghan children.
In Pakistan, only 65% of those under the age of 24 can read, including 75% of boys and 55% of girls. While the UN Millennium Development Goals aim for countries to achieve universal primary education for all students by 2015, only 68% of Pakistan’s school-age population attends school.
The problem is particularly bad in rural and remote areas of Pakistan specially in FATA, where low school enrollment is coupled with a lack of available reading materials and banned by taliban on girls education.
In FATA and other remote areas of Pakistan young girls are far more likely to be out of school. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the widest gender gap in school enrollment, leading to an equivalent gap in literacy levels. In fact, only 36% of women over 15 are considered fully literate.
Furthermore, it is widely suspected that even among the 36-55% of women and girls who are considered literate, many can do little more than sign their name, while illiterate women sign using thumb prints. The difficulty of improving girls’ literacy is compounded by social and cultural obstacles. The situation is the most critical in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Balochistan province, where the female literacy rate in remote areas stands under 9%.
It is the duty of Government of Pakistan and some international and non-governmental organizations to open schools in these areas.
Note:This exclusive research-oriented report is prepared by “WORLD TRIBUNE PAKISTAN” based on latest information and ground realities.WTP welcomes all opinion and information on education in FATA.
Girls education adversely affected in FATA,Swat
WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PESHAWAR,May7:After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education touches zero per cent because of Taliban imposed ban on girls education.
According to Nadir khan a resident of Kalosha South Waziristan,”the girls education was very low even before Taliban but after the Taliban domination in South Waziristan the girls education ratio reduced to zero and the future of thousands of tribal girls seem to be dark.”All the girls schools were destroyed or closed and the female teachers were kidnapped or harassed by militants”.
Another resident of Azam Warsak on the condition of anonymity from Tank informed the WTP that in his area there is only one girl’s primary school for three villages and the population is about four thousand but for the last three years the said school has been closed by militants.He said that militants imposed ban on girls education in the whole area.
An MNA for FR Tank Mr Betaney said that the girls education in Waziristan is totally and partially in the whole FATA is in a bad condition. He said that not only girls but boys education in Bajaur ,Mohamand,Waziristan is in terrible condition and in Waziristan even boys education has  come to end. He said more than 95 per cent education institutions have been closed in S.Waziristan.
A political and social activist and General Secretary of PPP FATA, Mirza Mohammad Jihadi from Parachinar said that in all troubled areas of FATA the education has come to a standstill  and the future of new generation is dark. He said the girls educations is impossible in the near future. He Said in Mirali,Ladda,Torikhail,Jandola and Makeen the girls schools were blasted and some schools are in posession of militants and are used as their training camps.
Another Senator from North Waziristan Eng.Rasdid Ahmad Khan said that male And female education percentage was 78 per cent in Parachinar  area but for the last one year due to bad law and order situation the education has badly damaged. He said that if the government will not take serious notice the situation will be out of control like South Waziristan.
Another Senater from FATA said on the condition of anonymity that in Khyber Agency and Dara Adam Khail just 25km from the provincial capital Peshawar,just one year ago the over all education ratio was 60 to 70 percent but now it came to near zero,” mostly education institutions(government and private schools) have been closed due to prevailing law and order situation.Some schools were blasted or captured by militants.” He said that single girls Degree College Sheraki in Dara Adamkhail has been closed for the last few months. The newly constructed building of the girls degree college were badly damaged in blast and was  under the custody of militants. He said in Dara area only two girls and two boys primary and two high schools are open while the rest of eight to ten schools were completely destroyed in recent insurgency in the area.
Khalid Burki a resident of Jandola South Waziristan said from Dera Ismail Khan that the education system in FATA was very poor but after the Taliban influence the education brughted it almost to end and there is no chance of its  restoration in near future.He said some Taliban are good peoples but majority of them destroyed the peace and social life of the FATA.
Hilal Jan is the resident of Shakro a far-flung village some 25 km from Khaar ,Bajour agency near Pak-Afghan border, is illiterate and working as shoes-maker in Islamabad. He has two sons and three daughters. His 15years old elder son Gull Sher Khan is student of class six in middle school Kharkey in Bajour Agency.His son walked about 30km every day from home to school and his daily bus fair comes to thi

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