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Pakistan Launches ‘Each One Teaches One’ Initiative to Combat Illiteracy

ISLAMABAD: In a concerted effort to combat illiteracy in Pakistan, the Ministry for Federal Education and Professional Training has unveiled the ‘Each One Teaches One’ (EOTO) initiative as part of the Prime Minister’s Roshan Pakistan, National Literacy Drive.

Under the stewardship of Federal Minister for Education Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, the initiative is set to launch with the backing of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD).

This groundbreaking endeavor aims to tackle illiteracy head-on and empower individuals throughout Pakistan by mobilizing students from schools, colleges, and universities to assume the role of literacy instructors, according to a recent press release.

The ‘Each One Teaches One’ initiative, meticulously crafted and spearheaded by the National Commission for Human Development under the Ministry of FE&PT, also seeks to harness the potential of Pakistan’s youth by enlisting students as literacy teachers.

With a vision to empower citizens nationwide through education, the initiative aligns closely with the country’s broader development goals. Each One Teaches One endeavor to drive down illiteracy rates, bolster life skills, and create economic avenues for participants.

In its initial phase, the initiative targets 66,759 illiterate individuals in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), engaging 185 educational institutions (150 schools and 35 colleges) and approximately 1,932 teachers.

Students from Grade 9 and above in ICT schools, colleges, and universities will take on the role of Literacy Teachers. Responsibilities will vary based on the student’s educational level, with each assigned a specific number of learners to instruct.

Under the Ministry of Education-approved syllabus, participants will utilize three Urdu and one Maths book alongside a teacher guide during the 12-week literacy course. To incentivize participation, students will receive 10 marks integrated into their curriculum upon completion of the course.

The initiative will be implemented biannually across all educational institutions in ICT, with newly literate individuals granted facilitated access to essential documents such as CNICs, driving licenses, and passports at no cost.

Focal persons and teachers will undergo comprehensive training provided by the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) to ensure effective instruction.

Regular assessments will be conducted to monitor learner progress, with each participating student equipped with a literacy kit to aid teaching and learning. Upon course completion, learners will receive certificates from NCHD, along with a letter addressed to the Prime Minister.

Future phases will expand the initiative to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), integrating all educational institutions under the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).

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