Welcome to Books for Pakistan
The beginning of education is literacy. The fundamental need is that girls and boys in primary schools and in their homes have access to quality books, which foster a love of reading and a taste of what reading and learning can offer them.
Our mission is to provide Hoopoe Books to as many primary-aged (5-9 years) school children as we can, and step-by-step Teacher Lesson Plans for teachers. We currently have 10 titles. Each of them is a traditional teaching-stories from the region, retold especially for children by the author and educator Idries Shah.
Economic, political and security challenges have severely affected education services in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2013-2014, of all the primary-aged children, 68 percent are enrolled in schools. Yet 6.2 million of these young people are “out of school.”
6.2 million primary-aged children are not in school
- 2.9 million in Punjab 46.77%
- 0.4 million in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) 6.45%
- 1.8 million in Sindh 29.03%
- 0.54 million in Balochistan 8.71%
- 0.56 million in ICT, AJK, GB & FATA 9.03%
A major goal of our program since its inception has been to provide books for children to take home. A 2010 study involving 70,000 students from 27 countries revealed that having books in the home was more predictive of children’s educational attainment than the father’s occupation or the family’s standard of living. The greatest impact of book access was seen among the least educated and poorest families.*
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030 recognize that access to education is a human right and vital for the sustainability of all development and peace. Yet, according to UNESCO, 3 million girls remain out of primary school in Pakistan.
*(Citation: Evans, M.; Kelley, J.; Sikora, J; and Treiman, D. 2010. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Volume 28, Issue 2, June 2010, 171–197.)