Pakistan’s First Ever Street Library
One of the initiatives that have been taken to help counter the issue of illiteracy is setting up a street library to help tackle the issue.
Illiteracy continues to be one of the major challenges facing Pakistan. The country consistently ranks low in terms of literacy. Pakistan also has one of the highest number of children dropping out of school. The country also has a low primary school enrollment rate. The reason for why so many children drop out from school is similar to why so few enroll, the lack of finance. Since the vast majority of the country’s citizens live in poverty, sending their children to school can be highly unaffordable.
Initiatives have been taken on a grassroots level to help raise the level of literacy. One such initiative will be the opening of Pakistan’s first street library in Karachi. The first ever street library will open to the public on 25th December. The idea for this initiative came from the Commissioner of Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani. His main reason for launching the initiative was to enhance the literacy rate in the country. He wanted to ensure that more and more people would pick up the habit of reading. The library would be located near Metropole Chowrangi. The walls will have portraits of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.
Such an initiative would ensure that children from less privileged backgrounds would be able to read books without having to worry about the affordability aspect. The street library also focuses on encouraging the habit of reading among the more privileged youth as well. The functioning of the library will solely lie on the people of Karachi. For each book they take, they will replace it with another book in its place. However, for this system to work, the more privileged class should be willing to contribute by donating more books to the street library. Such an initiative would enormously benefit our society, especially the youth.
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