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Top Ten Facts - Pakistan

An education remains a promise unkept to millions of illiterates in Pakistan.

  1. Over 50 percent of the country aged 15 and above are illiterate. Only 1 in 3 women can read and write.
    http://www.efareport.unesco.org/ (2007)
  2. Pakistan has one of the lowest education budgets in the world, spending just 2 percent of its national GDP on education in 2004.
    http://www.efareport.unesco.org/ (2007)
  3. For every 100 men, 57 women are illiterate giving Pakistan one of the highest gender disparities in the world.
    http://www.efareport.unesco.org/ (2007)
  4. In rural Balochistan province, only 7 percent of girls can read and write.
    Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey 2004-5
  5. 6.5 million children under 9 years old out of school in Pakistan, one of the highest numbers in the world, with many working.
    http://www.efareport.unesco.org/ (2007)
  6. In Pakistan a legal right to free education does not exist and compulsory education is only stated necessary from ages 5 to 9.
    http://www.efareport.unesco.org/ (2007)
  7. 42 percent of all children shun the public school system to attend private schools and the numbers are not slowing down.
    http://www.moe.gov.pk/state_of_edu_pakistan.pdf
  8. If itís 1 out of 2 children that begin school, itís likely another 1 in 2 drop out before they even complete it in Pakistan.
    Country Report of Pakistan on 'Gender Equality in Basic Education'
  9. By 2050, Pakistan will have the 4th largest population in the world behind, China, India and the USA.
    UN World Population Revision 2004
  10. Over a third of all public schools have no boundary wall, no toilet or drinking water facility on site. One in five villages have no school at all.
    http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/publications/nec2005/summary.pdf
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