Pakistan

Background Information

Region

South Asia

World Bank income group

Lower middle income

Percent of population aged 10-24

30% (UNFPA, 2020)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

25,106,458 (UIS, 2020)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

31,988,369 (UIS, 2020)

Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 18 (% of women aged 20-24)

21%

Source: UNSDG, 2013

Adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women ages 15-19)

39

Source: UN Human Development Reports, 2018

Percentage of women who ever experienced physical violence since age 15 (% of women 15-49)

28%

Source: DHS, 2018

Percentage of married women employed in the last 12 months (% of married or in-union women 15-49)

19%

Source: DHS, 2018

Education Snapshot Back to Top

Number of years of free primary and secondary education guaranteed in legal frameworks (Years)

12

Source: UIS, 2019

Expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure % GDP spent on education

Source: UIS, 2017

Proportion of schools with access to single-sex basic sanitation facilities

No data available

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading

  • Female 54%

  • Male 51%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in mathematics

  • Female 49%

  • Male 48%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016


Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 56%

  • Male 64%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 45%

  • Male 55%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 23%

  • Male 24%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 27%

  • Male 19%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school
  • Female 32%

  • Male 22%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school
  • Female 54%

  • Male 37%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Programs Back to Top

Research Project/Report/Study

Adolescent Girls’ Voices on Enhancing their own Productivity

Network/Convening/Conference

Asia Pacific Region National Education Coalitions COVID-19 Zoom Conference

Project/Program

Balochistan Education Project

Project/Program

Broad Class Listen to Learn Interactive Radio Instruction Program

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

COVID-19 Initiative: Objectives to address the Immediate and Long-term Implications of the Pandemic on Girls' Education

Research Project/Report/Study

COVID-19 in Pakistan: A Phone Survey to Assess Education, Economic, and Health-Related Outcomes

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Creating Pathways for the Educational Success of Girls

Project/Program

Curriculum for Accelerated Learning Programme

Research Project/Report/Study

DeliverED Initiative

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Education and Training

Advocacy Campaign/Project

Enough

Project/Program

GIRLS Inspire project

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

GPE and COVID-19

Advocacy Campaign/Project

Girls Learn Women Earn

Project/Program

Girls' Right to Education Programme in Pakistan: Support to National Capacity Building to Realize Girls' Right to Education Programme in Pakistan

Her Choice

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Higher Education Development in Pakistan

Project/Program

LitClub

Project/Program

Literacy Boost

Project/Program

Mobile Learning Facilities

Project/Program

More Than Brides Alliance: Marriage: No Child's Play

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Pakistan: Expanding equal access to learning during coronavirus

Project/Program

Pakistan’s National Cash Transfer Programme, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)

Research Project/Report/Study

Programmatic approaches to the gender-related impacts of COVID-19 on education: Lessons from 2020

Research Project/Report/Study

Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)

Research Project/Report/Study

Strengthening Monitoring and Reporting of Attacks on Education

Project/Program

Tine Girls Model School Project

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education

Research Project/Report/Study

Who Is Going Back to School? A Four-Country Rapid Survey in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan

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