Chalo Parho Barho addresses two problems:
Around 33% of all children who enrol in primary school drop out before completing Class 5 (AEPAM, Pakistan Education Statistics 2013-2014. Islamabad: Ministry of Education.) They often drop out because their learning has fallen behind that of their peers.
Many children don’t enrol in school at the right age. If they enrol when they are older, they have to sit with younger children or worse still, they might not be admitted by the school.


Chalo Parho Barho (CPB) is an accelerated learning program for children, 6 to 12 years old, who have dropped out of school, have never been enrolled, or are in school and at risk of dropping out.

The CPB programme helps out-of-school children (OOSC) develop knowledge and skills in Urdu (or Sindhi/Pashto), English and mathematics to prepare them for formal school in an age-appropriate grade. The programme also helps children, in school, in grades 3 to 5, who are at risk of dropping out, learn grade-appropriate knowledge and skills so that they stay in school.

Using data on enrolment and learning outcomes from the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) and elsewhere, ITA works with the government to identify and select low performing districts and tehsils to take part in the programme, and works at the community level to identify out-of-school children.


With Ilm Ideas 2’s investment of approximately £1.5 million, ITA will expand the CPB programme to two new districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the course of 18 months, with the goal of reaching 63,000 children.



  • Strong alignment between CPB and the results Ilm 2 is trying to achieve
  • Targets children most in need
  • A tested approach with early results that show a positive impact on children’s learning
  • Low cost per child with potential to be delivered at an even lower cost

For further information, contact Sahar Saeed at

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