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Share Literacy Pakistan

Map of Pakistan by Province


The beginning of education is literacy. As in Afghanistan, girls and boys in Pakistan attending primary schools and at home need access to quality books in order to foster their love of reading and to experience what reading and learning can offer them. 

6.2 million primary-aged in Pakistan are not in school

Pakistan school children not in school


Our Share Literacy Pakistan program will provide as many books as we can to Pakistani children aged 5-9 years old to take home. Along with step-by-step Teacher Lesson Plans for teachers, 10 of the same Hoopoe Books titles we provide in Afghanistan are available to us, translated into languages suitable for Pakistani children (Urdu-Sindhi and Urdu-Balochi Bilingual Editions). Each of them is a traditional teaching-story from the region, retold especially for children by the author and educator Idries Shah.


A major goal of our programs since their inception has been to provide books for children to take home. A 2010 study involving 70,000 students from 27 countries revealed that having books in the home was more predictive of children’s educational attainment than the father’s occupation or the family’s standard of living. The greatest impact of book access was seen among the least educated and poorest families. *

Economic, political and security challenges have severely affected education services in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2013-2014, of all the primary-aged children, 68 percent are enrolled in schools. Yet 6.2 million of these young people are “out of school.”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030 recognize that access to education is a human right and vital for the sustainability of all development and peace. Yet, according to UNESCO, 3 million girls remain out of primary school in Pakistan.


*(Citation: Evans, M.; Kelley, J.; Sikora, J; and Treiman, D. 2010. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Volume 28, Issue 2, June 2010, 171–197.)