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Pink Bus Initiative: Free Transport for Female Students and Teachers to Launch on June 15th

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in Islamabad Capital Territory is planning to provide free transport as a solution to transportation challenges faced by female students and teachers.

Approximately 20 buses owned by federal educational institutions will be refurbished and deployed onto the streets, with cooperation from the district administration. These buses are exclusively for female students and teachers of public and private schools. They will operate on both urban and rural routes within the federal capital.

In a nod to inclusivity and visibility, these buses will be painted pink. The initiative stems from concerns over the rising dropout rates among girls attributed to inadequate transportation options, as highlighted by the Secretary of Education.

Internal audits revealed that 30% of the 385 buses owned by federal educational institutions were inactive, or parked due to various issues including budget constraints, driver shortages, and delayed maintenance.

Looking ahead, plans include opening up these buses to women in general, contingent upon available space.

The ministry aims to have these buses operational by June 15, ready to cater to the transportation needs of female students and educators alike.

In addition to addressing transportation challenges, the initiative holds broader implications for gender equality and educational access. By prioritizing the transportation needs of female students and teachers, the Ministry aims to create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Access to safe and reliable transportation is not just about getting to school; it’s about ensuring that every student, regardless of gender, has equal opportunities to pursue education without barriers. By providing free transport services exclusively for women and girls, the Ministry is not only addressing immediate logistical issues but also signaling a commitment to gender equity in education.

This initiative aligns with broader national and international goals of promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls through education. It sends a powerful message that education is a fundamental right that should be accessible to all, regardless of gender or socio-economic background.

Through collaborative efforts between the Ministry, district administration, and educational institutions, this initiative represents a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable educational system in Islamabad Capital Territory.

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