There are an estimated 53 million children in Pakistan between the ages of 5 to 16. Only about half of them are in school. Even for those in school, learning is not guaranteed. Many children receive an education of such poor quality that they are barely able to read or do simple mathematics.


SABAQ is an education solution designed to supplement regular instruction at school in primary grades and to provide out-of-school children (OOSC) with access to high-quality content that helps them develop literacy and numeracy skills. It is designed to be engaging and interactive, includes animated video lessons, interactive exercises, live-shot video lessons, and story-based instructional content. The content is aligned with Pakistan’s National Curriculum. SABAQ content is developed (or adapted from open source education materials) and distributed on pre-loaded, customized tablets to schools and informal learning centres via SABAQ partners. In addition to developing content and providing pre-loaded tablets, Multinet trains partners to use the content and integrate SABAQ into their programmes (the model may vary from partner to partner).


Ilm Ideas 2 invested approximately GBP 0.36 million in the first phase of the programme (from March 2016 to March 2017) and is now investing a further GBP 2 million in Phase II of implementation.


In Phase l, Multinet worked with two other organisations to develop and test content for KG and grade 1, and models for implementation in 80 classrooms in Karachi and Punjab, and 40 informal SABAQ learning centres in district Mirpurkhas in Sindh.


Over the next two years (Phase II), Multinet will scale up SABAQ to reach 65,000 children of whom 50% will be girls. Working in partnership with the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Project SABAQ will reach 17,500 out of school children in 500 newly established informal SABAQ Learning Centres and 37,500 children in school in over 300 schools. Multinet will also partner with World Learning in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to provide SABAQ to teachers on tablets already provided by a USAID-funded national reading programme. SABAQ will also scale up by creating more content for other grades (up to grade 5) and for additional subjects (English, Science and Sindhi).


Why Ilm 2 invested

  • Strong organisation with leadership committed to developing and taking solution to scale
  • Sound plans for achieving financial sustainability
  • Clear line of sight between problem and solution, and potential to impact learning outcomes

For further information, contact Hassan Bin Rizwan, email

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