Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has launched the ‘Khadam e Punjab Zewar-e-Taleem’ program.16 districts with low literacy rates have conditional cash transfers for girl students enrolled in public sector schools. It is a vast project of RS 6 billion which will benefit more than 460,000 school girls.
The main aim of this scholarship is to develop the education of female students who can’t continue their studies due to limited resources of income. This monthly stipend of RS 1000 will help them to become a dignified member of society in the present and in the future by being healthy mentally and physically.
Shahbaz Sharif has dedicated efforts towards the enhancement of the education system in Pakistan, with a particular focus on empowering females. Despite this progress, certain regions persist in opposing female education. What they fail to recognize is the grave impact of such actions, for denying girls an education is equal to damaging an entire nation. By educating a girl, one educates an entire generation, as educated women are able to impart the value of education to their offspring.
Districts under the Zewar e taleem program
Khadim e Punjab started the first phase of the Zewar e Taleem program in 16 districts such including Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Chiniot, Vehari, Jhang, Kasur, Okara, Layyah, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Bhakkar, Khanewal Rajanpur, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, and DG Khan. The Govt is still working on starting this program in more cities and districts of Pakistan.
The government of Punjab has introduced the Khidmat card as a means of facilitating the Zewar e Taleem program. Under this initiative, each female student will receive a monthly grant of Rs. 1000, which will be disbursed through the Khidmat card – a mechanism akin to an ATM card. This card enables students to withdraw cash from any bank ATM, thereby simplifying the process of accessing the funds they require to support their educational pursuits.
During the distribution of Khidmat cards to female students at Aiwan-e-Iqbal Park, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed his firm belief in the transformative power of education. He emphasized that education is a priceless asset, which renders the need for material possessions such as silver and gold obsolete. Despite this, the insatiable desire for wealth amongst the privileged classes has resulted in their myopic view towards the development of girls’ education programs. If such criticism persists, it will prevent progress in the education sector and stunt the growth of the entire nation. Furthermore, if the establishment does not reform its approach, the marginalized communities will be forced to take matters into their own hands and seize the resources they need to survive.
Additionally, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif declared that the Punjab government is waging a war against the unjust system that disregards the education of women. The government is committed to creating a Pakistan that provides equal opportunities for both genders. Through the provision of education to girls, the government is paving the way for a future where women are empowered and equipped with the tools necessary to contribute positively to society. This is a crucial step towards building a nation that values and respects the rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender.
- The girls who will have an attendance of more than 80%, will be eligible for this scholarship.
- The scholarship is for 6th to 10th-class girls.
- Students repeating an academic year will not be eligible for this scholarship.
Registration for the Zewar e Taleem program
- The students who joined the schools in the form of an annual system drive by the School Education Department are getting this scholarship upon successful biometric verification.
- Girls can also register for the program through the DMO or the school’s administration office.
In conclusion, the Khadam e Punjab Zewar-e-Taleem program is a significant step towards promoting education for girls in Pakistan. With the launch of this initiative, the government aims to support and encourage female students from low-income backgrounds to pursue their education and become empowered members of society. The provision of a monthly stipend of RS 1000 through the Khidmat card and the emphasis on maintaining an 80% attendance rate highlights the government’s commitment to promoting education and ensuring that students have access to the resources they need to succeed. The program’s success will not only benefit individual students but will also contribute to the country’s overall growth and development. It is heartening to see the government’s dedication to creating a more equitable and just society by providing equal opportunities for both men and women, and we hope that such initiatives continue to thrive and pave the way for a brighter future for all.