PESHAWAR: A network comprising newly elected local government representatives was established to champion and support girls’ secondary education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar on Friday.
The formation was announced during the event jointly organized by Blue Veins, non-governmental organization working for girl’s secondary education, and Pakistan Education Champion Network.
The event was organized to sensitize newly elected local government representatives on their relevant role in improving girls’ access to education, identify and address the barriers that keep girls from learning and fulfilling their potential.
100 newly elected local government representatives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa joined hands to improve retention and transition rates for marginalized girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by increasing their access to education and engaging communities through a social mobilization campaign.
While addressing the session Ms. Sana Ahmad from Blue Veins shared that: “the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government (Amendment) Act, 2019 puts key responsibility on the local government representatives to monitor and prepare quarterly reports on the performance of functionaries of all offices located in the area including Educational institutions.
She further added: “other than their mandated role, local government representatives can play an important role in behavioral change in the community towards girls’ education and encourage masses to be engaged in community-level change.”
Naseem Riaz, newly elected Local Government Representatives said, “local Govt representatives have strong connection with community which can strengthen their role not only in monitoring state of girls’ secondary education in their areas but they should take individual and collective actions to improve social conditions for improved retention and decreased dropouts.”
Qamar Naseem Program Manager Blue Veins and member Education Champion Network Pakistan Said: “civil society is committed to extend their full and collaborative support to all levels of decision making bodies and government representatives to promote gender equality in education systems and bringing out of school children in education institutions.”