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Girls get an education in rural Pakistan - Community commitment puts girls in school in rural Pakistan
Since 1999, four districts in the predominantly rural province of Balochistan in Pakistan have been working to address the education challenges facing children, especially girls. Where no schools existed within walking distance of many villages, 80 have been built. One of these schools is in the drought-affected village of Marriabbad in the district of Sibi. This community-centred government programme supported by UNICEF and AusAID (the Australian Agency for International Development), achieved the goal of enrolling 30,000 girls into primary school. What’s more, 84 per cent of pupils in these schools complete their studies, which is remarkable in a country where only 50 per cent of eligible children are in primary school and half of those who enrol soon drop out.

E-Government for Development - A Management Information System and GIS to Support Local Government in Balochistan
The information system was created to address the acute lack of even basic up-to-date data in Balochistan. The system's provision of data was intended to help identify gaps and disparities (spatial and gender) in service provision. It was also developed to draw communities into the planning process; creating a sense of ownership, a sense of consensus, and a sense of transparency in the district decision-making process; and creating a sense of the community's own development potential.
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Promoting Primary Education for Girls in Pakistan
With only 38 out of 100 of its citizens able to read (and, for women, only 24 of 100), Pakistan has one of the world's highest illiteracy rates. Under a USAID program aimed at improving women's education, girls' enrollments more than tripled in Balochistan and more than doubled in North-West Frontier Province. Boys' education also benefited. The program has been less successful, though, in improving educational quality.

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