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Senate panel for efforts to boost female literacy

ISLAMABAD: The subcommittee constituted by the Senate Standing Committee on Women Development to examine the causes of low female literacy rate met on Thursday at the Parliament House with Senator Razina Alam Khan in the chair and finalised its recommendations for onward submission to the main committee. Speaking on the occasion, the subcommittee chairperson underscored the need for stepping up efforts for promoting literacy and education among females as they form half the country’s population.

The subcommittee finalised its recommendations which include setting up of a female education directorate in the Ministry of Women Development for conducting surveys to asses the situation on ground and for evolving an appropriate methodology to enhance female literacy in the country. It also recommended maintaining a complete database on female education, posting of female teachers near their home stations, launching of an awareness campaign for rural women and preparation of promotional booklets in easy Urdu and local dialects for guidance.

The subcommittee recommended constituting of mobile teams to meet local village elders and to convince them of the utility of female education. It also proposed provision of some kind of monetary benefits to the parents who send their daughters to school along with preparation of motivational documentaries. Likewise, it advocated talking of provincial/district governments on board and launching projects for illiterate female councilors.
Source: The News
Date:12/15/2006

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