Waseela-e-Taleem

  1. Waseela-e-Taleem

The Government of Pakistan (GoP) is committed to Universal Primary Education as part of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recognizing that many children in BISP beneficiary households and families are not currently attending school, the GoP launched a pilot of a Co-Responsibility Cash Transfer (CCT) known as the Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT).

Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) aims to support primary level education through the provision of an additional cash of PKR 1,500 per quarter for male child and PKR 2,000/- per quarter for female child of BISP beneficiary families. WeT involves a co-responsibility in that its delivery depends on parents ensuring that the targeted children actually attend school.

  1. Objective:

The objective of WeT programme are:

  • To create long term sustainable awareness on the importance of primary education among BISP beneficiary families;
  • To increase enrolment of children in schools for primary education;
  • To improve school attendance by the children; and
  • To decrease school dropout rates.

In doing so, the program contributes towards three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which are as follows:

SDG 1: End poverty in all its form

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunity

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  1. Stakeholders:

The main stakeholders involved in the execution of the programme are:

  1. BISP
  2. Provincial Education Departments
  3. Schools
  4. Donors
  5. Design:

Waseela-e-Taleem Programme was initially piloted in five (5) districts in November 2012. Gradually, WeT programme expanded from five (5) districts to thirty-two (32) in 2015, then to fifty (50) districts in 2018, in January 2020 WeT programme further expanded to hundred (100) districts. Finally, in July 2020 WeT programme has been expanded in all districts of Pakistan. Following are the key design components of WeT:

  1. Supply Capacity Assessment

Prior to initiating the registration process of the WeT, a Supply Capacity Assessment (SCA) is carried out per district. Macro SCA is conducted to identify all the public sector primary schools and of private schools (if needed). A comprehensive assessment is then needed to determine the capacity of all public sector primary schools and of private schools (if needed) to identify which among these will be the WeT priority schools that will be recommended for new admissions. A Micro SCA is carried out to identify the priority schools with the capacity to accommodate more children in terms of the student- teacher ratio, availability of space in the classrooms, availability of latrines and other infrastructural facilities.

  1. Social Mobilization

The purpose of social mobilization is to create awareness amongst BISP beneficiary families regarding importance of education. BISP field team visits different localities of respective districts for mobilizing beneficiaries to enroll their children in schools. Moreover, they also visit beneficiaries having non-complied children in respective quarter to understand the reason for non-compliance and motivate them for achieving the required attendance. BISP field offices carry out mobilization activities at massive scale during the period attendance compliance activity is not operationalized in the field due to school closure, completion of the assignment and school vacation.

  1. Registration

The registration process is executed in WeT districts after completion of SCA of public sector primary schools and private schools (if needed). The registration process identifies the WeT potential families among the active BISP beneficiary households. BISP establishes registration centers at convenient locations for this purpose.

  1. Admission and Attendance Compliance

WeT transfers are conditional on the beneficiary families complying with the attendance conditions attached to the program. The objective of the CoM is to observe WeT children’s co-responsibility compliance for entitling their respective WeT families to receive cash benefits. However, in the event of non-compliance, cash transfer is stopped. Following are the basic objectives of the admission and attendance compliance:

  • Identify beneficiary children who have complied with the defined co-responsibilities with respect to admission and attendance, and entitle them for cash transfers;
  • Identify WeT beneficiary children who have not complied with the co-responsibilities, trigger alerts in such cases, and apply the consequences of non-compliance accordingly;
  • Suspend the beneficiary children from the program who have not complied with the attendance co-responsibility for three consecutive compliance quarters.
  1. Case Management

Case Management process is very important activity of the programme. Beneficiaries will lodge different type of complaints through field offices and quick disposal of the complaints will not only improve the implementation efficiency of the programme but enhance the confidence of BISP beneficiaries to enroll their children in the schools. BISP field offices are mainly responsible for handling all the complaints.

  1. Payment Transfer

Two types of funds are transferred to the beneficiaries:

  1. First a one-time transfer on admission compliance; and
  2. Second recurring quarterly payment on 70% attendance compliance for subsequent quarters till completion of primary education.

Since the inception of the program to date, total disbursements of PKR 15.8 Billion have been made. Year wise breakup of disbursement is illustrated below:

Financial Year

Amount Disbursed

2012-13

48.85

2013-14

71.35

2014-15

636.93

2015-16

2,345.53

2016-17

2,259.41

2017-18

3,486.08

2018-19

3,977.18

2019-20

2,899.99

2020-21

78.88

Grand Total

15,804.2

 

 

  1. Implementation

Waseela-e-Taleem Programme was initially piloted in five (5) districts in November 2012. Gradually, WeT programme expanded from five (5) districts to thirty-two (32) in 2015, then to fifty (50) districts in 2018, in January 2020 WeT programme further expanded to hundred (100) districts. Finally, in July 2020 WeT programme has been expanded in all over Pakistan.