The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) is playing a key role in achieving the goals
of the Punjab Education Sector Roadmap Programme (PESRP) by promoting free school
education in economically deprived communities.
The Punjab government took an exceptional step by expanding low-cost private schools
through PEF, which has led to a rapid growth of its voucher programme during the
last three years. The pace of this expansion is unprecedented anywhere in the world.
PEF’s innovative approach will continue to play a crucial role in helping more children
to access quality education and allow Punjab to realise the 96 percent enrolment
goal set out in PESRP.
DFID will continue to support and work with the Punjab Governmen so to PEF and other
similar initiatives would expand further.
There are still too many children in Pakistan who have no access to a decent education.
The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has done some excellent work to promote schooling
in deprived communities. PEF’s innovative use of vouchers and public-private partnerships
are not only reaching more students, but will also help improve the capacity of
schools and teachers.
DFID is pleased to be contributing to PEF. We are committed to strengthening our
cooperation with the Punjab Government, so that organizations like PEF can reach
more children and more schools. This is another example of the Government of Punjab
seeking to build an effective and innovative institution for the benefit of its
citizens. We believe the model being created will have important lessons for other
provinces and countries. Education is one of the most important factors which can
transform Pakistan’s future, in which no child is without education. PEF can help
build that future.