With 170 million people, Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world. About 43 percent of its population is below 15 years of age. Pakistan's young generation may therefore be a huge asset but can also become a major liability.
Currently, the educational situation is disastrous: one-third of primary school children and two-thirds of secondary school children do not attend schools. In some regions, illiteracy rates, especially among women, are well above 70 percent. In addition, there are approximately 30,000 ghost schools and every day approximately 25% of teachers do not show up.
In Gujranwala, a city in the province of Punjab, the education system is under significant pressure mainly due to strong population growth.
In 2012, McKinsey for Children started to fund the running costs of a school in Gujranwala whose students mainly come from agricultural families or low income labor households. 19 teachers teach compulsory and selective courses to 414 students, aged between 5 and 15. Moreover, the students can participate in games and use the library. The school also provides a weekly activity period.
Our contribution and relationship
Asmus Komm a partner in the Hamburg office and our McKinsey-for-Children partner visited organization and decided to propose it for funding. He is in regular exchange with school itself and the organization running the school.