Waseela-e-Taleem is a co-responsibility cash transfer programme for the beneficiaries of BISP who are in the lowest 20% of the population in terms of socio-economic status. The Programme is aimed at families having children in the age group of 5-12 years. BISP’s data shows that approximately 70.4% children of its beneficiaries have never attended primary school. In order to fill the gap, BISP through its co-responsibility cash transfer Programme intends to encourage the poorest of the poor families to start/continue primary education of their children.
The target group for Waseela-e-Taleem programme is selected by doing a multi-dimensional analysis of data of poorest of the poor BISP beneficiary families. Approximately 82.3% of BISP beneficiary families have been identified as potential beneficiary families who have approximately 7.9 million out of school children and 3.3 million school going children, in the age group of 5-12 years. Due to funding limitations, the Programme can support only 3 million children (out of school and school going) in all districts of Pakistan through 4 years phased implementation of the Programme. The data that was collected recently (2010-2011) through a door to door Poverty Scorecard Survey is highly reliable as both process and outputs were evaluated by third party validation firms and the process itself was executed by third party firms to increase transparency in targeting beneficiaries. The Poverty scores of households were calculated through an objective Proxy Means Test formula that is used all over the world.
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The Programme will engage all the targeted beneficiary mothers for enrolments through a sustained communication campaign.
The beneficiary mothers will appear at especially set up enrolment centres in their localities to get training on Programme concepts, sign agreements with BISP and get school admission slips for their children.
The beneficiary mothers will use the provided admission slips to admit/verify school admissions of their children and return them to BISP offices for entry into BISP’s MIS for the Programme.
The children will be required to attend at least 70% of their classes in a quarter and quarterly attendance records will be communicated to BISP offices through local education department offices for entry into BISP’s MIS for the Programme.
On verification of 70% or more quarterly attendance, local partner banks will pay the beneficiary mothers, Rs. 600/- per child for up to 3 youngest children through Benazir Debit Cards that can be used on both ATM and Point of Sale machines.
The grievances of beneficiary mothers will be addressed through BISP’s MIS for case management (grievance/complaints mechanism) available at local offices of BISP.
A third party Social Mobilization firm will organize the BISP beneficiary mothers into groups at Village, Union Council and Tehsil levels and link them with Social Promoters of BISP
Tehsil offices by electing group leaders at each level. The structure will be linked to the education department offices as well for having a check on their education service.
The concept of organizing and strengthening beneficiary mothers to resolve their own issues by having appropriate support from programme will empower beneficiary mothers and
encourage them to take lead in raising their voice. As part of the process, beneficiary mothers will be trained at least twice a year on programme concepts and other life skills.