Punjab Education Foundation
PEF has vision to promote quality education through public-private-partnership, encourage and support the efforts of private sector through technical and financial assistance, innovate and develop new instruments to champion wider educational opportunities to the underprivileged children at affordable cost. It aims at providing help to promote an educated society in partnership with the private sector so that every child has equal access to the basic right of education in Punjab.
Foundation Assisted School (FAS)
Foundation Assisted School (FAS) is the flagship program of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) which is working for the promotion of quality education for marginalized segments of the society, through public-private-partnership. FAS program was incepted in 2005 with outreach to 6 districts of Punjab. Now, it has now been extended across Punjab through launching of 10 different phases over the years. Currently, FAS supports more than 1.6 million students studying in more than 3200 partner schools across Punjab. FAS follows standard operating procedure for selection of schools through a transparent and competitive process as approved by PEF Board of Directors.
New School Program (NSP)
New School Program (NSP) is an initiative of Punjab Education Foundation that ensures access to schools in areas where no formal government or PEF schools exist within the radius of 1 km having population of approximately 350 people. Since its launching in 2008 in seven tehsils, NSP has contributed in enrolling out of school children and improving literacy rates in all 36 districts of Punjab. NSP encourages individual entrepreneurs and NGOs to operate schools under this program after signing of agreements. NSP targets to improve access to education in areas where such opportunities are either scarce or not available at all. NSP caters for educational needs of underprivileged, disadvantaged, out of school children, drop outs and natural enrollment.
Cholistan Mobile Schools
Cholistan Mobile Schools is an intervention of PEF under the umbrella of NSP to open mobile schools for nomadic children with a vision to ensure their ‘access to education’. As people of Cholistan lead a semi nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals, therefore, “Mobile Schools” ensure that teaching and learning process goes on without any interruption. Currently 10 mobile schools are operational in pilot phase.
Brick Kiln Workers’ Project
New School Program (NSP) has initiated this project to eradicate the menace of child labour from brick kilns and to bring these children to the formal education stream. NSP has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 3 NGOs and 18 new schools have been set up in District Muzaffargarh near different brick kilns.
Education Voucher Scheme (EVS)
Currently EVS is operational in 36 districts of Punjab and through this initiative; more than 400,000 vouchers have been distributed to voucher eligible children in urban, rural and slum areas. These students are between the ages of 5 to 16 years. Under EVS, 1730 schools are running across the Punjab. The voucher is redeemable against payment of fee in the partner school. The basic purpose of the scheme was to provide affordable quality education for the less privileged and disenfranchised sections of society. Through this scheme even the poorest of the poor have freedom of choice to send their children to the schools of their own liking. As per the program policies and procedures, online nominations of children/students are obtained from schools for the provision of free of cost education. Nominations from the school are verified and vouchers are issued to the eligible children/students after the verification of the data shared by schools through random household survey. This voucher allows the student to study under any EVS schools and is valid for one academic year.
Inclusive Education Project
PEF launched Pilot Project to promote “Inclusive Education” in its partner school with the objective to educate children with minor disabilities. Pilot Project was launched in seven districts of Punjab i.e. Lahore, Multan, Vehari, Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Attock and Jhelum.
Public School Support Program (PSSP)
Government of the Punjab through Board of Directors of PEF has initiated Public Schools Support Program (PSSP) under Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) to improve quality of education in low performing public sector schools. This is a non-commercial, non-profit program with aim to provide free-of-cost quality education in existing public schools and also through involvement of private sector in provision of free and compulsory education for all children of the age 5-16 years as per obligations under article 25-A of Constitution of Pakistan. PSSPA aims to improve quality of education by involving private sector, increase enrolment in low-performing Public Sector Schools, provide conducive teaching and learning facilities and ensure enrollment of Out of Schools Children (OSC).
Punjab Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence Authority
The initiative was taken to eradicate poverty through empowering human resource and providing access to free education to the extremely underprivileged sections of the society. Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence Authority Act, 2010 was passed by the Provincial Assembly of Punjab on February 24, 2010, paving way for the establishment of Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence. Daanish Schools were established with an objective to provide quality education to children belonging to low-income segments of the society especially of the less developed areas of Punjab. These residential schools are catering the most underprivileged segments of community in the less developed areas of the Punjab, providing children with free, quality education of the type which so far has been the domain of private schools alone. A fundamental feature of the governance and management of the Daanish Schools is the participation of the local community as a governing body of each school.
Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education
In pursuance of Pakistan’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations, Pakistan must ensure all girls and boys to acquire free, equitable and quality primary education by 2030. Therefore, Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department was also entrusted with the responsibility to offer free and compulsory non-formal basic education with special focus on taking initiatives and launching interventions to provide access to education to the most underprivileged segment of the population of Punjab. It offers education at doorstep by enrolling out of school children in their schools.
Punjab Non Formal Education Project
In all 36 district of the Punjab, Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department established 12019 schools in order to impart primary education to out-of-school children (aged 04 - 14 years), and impart literacy (basic reading, writing, arithmetic and life skills) to illiterate adults (aged 18 - 55 years), through establishment of 6,326 Adult Literacy Centres (ALCs).
Taleem Sab Kay Liye
Under this project, Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department established 1260 NFE Feeder Schools in 36 districts and enrolled 36,273 children in these schools. 1080 Adult Literacy Centres were established in 36 districts during 2016 - 17 to provide basic literacy to 21,826 adult learners. TSKL established 180 Adolescent Literacy Centres in 36 district and imparted basic education to 3787 adolescent learners (2017 - 18).
Free MBBS Education
PESSI arranges MBBS education for nine children of secured workers every year in the affiliated medical colleges.