ISLAMABAD: Coinciding with the United Nations World Education Day on Monday, the government social safety net, Ehsaas Programme, is launching a stipend app in order to facilitate the beneficiaries enroll their children with it.

“Promoting education for all is a foremost priority of our government. Using the Taleemi Wazaif app of Ehsaas, families can enroll their children themselves without visiting any office. This landmark step will also help poorest families in saving their time and costs,” said Senator Dr Sania Nishtar.

Ehsaas Taleemi Wazaef programme has been set up for nationwide execution. Ultimately, the programme aims to support education of 10 million children across all tehsils of the country.

Children aged four to 22 years from all Ehsaas eligible families can enroll for the school stipends. This programme includes primary, secondary and higher secondary school stipends for children to improve their access to education.

In line with the Ehsaas’ weighted-in-favour-of-girls stipends policy for all conditional cash transfer programmes, girls get a higher stipend across all age groups.

Primary school-going boys get a quarterly stipend of Rs1,500 and girls Rs2,000; secondary school boys receive Rs2,500 and girls Rs3,000, and at higher secondary level boys get Rs3,500 and girls Rs4,000.

According to Ehsaas, more than 6.7 million children have been enrolled under the programme so far.

Published in Dawn, January 24th, 2022

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