Karachi : Despite being the recipient of the second highest aid package for education in the region, aid for basic education per child in Pakistan is the fourth lowest in the region and far below requirements.
The Dawn reports UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, Pakistan received $643 million dollars in aid for education in 2014, second behind India which received 806 million dollars in the same year.
The aid for basic education for every child in Pakistan in 2014 stood at just 16 dollars , behind other countries in the region such as Nepal ,Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
It was up by nearly 41 percent from 2013 when Pakistan received 454 million dollars , and has nearly trebled from 2002 when it received 218 million dollars.
Despite the fact that Pakistan has a large percentage of out-of-school children with UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics listing 5.5 million of primary school-age children not attending schools in 2013.
This the GEM report indicates that the sector is falling further down the list of priorities for donors.(ANI)