Did you know these two remote towns in Balochistan have the highest literacy rate in Pakistan?

The towns have the highest literacy rate and have the lowest dropout rate in Pakistan, which is 2%.

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Two small towns in the Pishin district, Balochistan, have the highest literacy rate in Pakistan.

Khanozai and Balozai, the twin towns bordering Afghanistan, have a combined population of over 20,500 people. There are 48 primary and secondary schools, two colleges, and a polytechnic institute in the towns.

Over a century ago, Allama Abdul Ali Akhunzda, known as Sir Syed Ahmad Khan of the Panezai tribe, had built the first school in the region in 1905 for both girls and boys. As a result of Akhunzada’s efforts, these distant towns have attained the highest literacy rate in the country.

According to the District Education Officer Pishin, Habib Alam Panezai, the literacy rate in Khanozai and Balozai is currently at 98%, which is more than both the national and provincial average. Balochistan’s literacy rate is just 44%, while the literacy rate for Pakistan is currently 70%.

Educationists have always credited this success to Allama Abdul Ali Akhunzda for promoting a culture to send children to schools.

Following Akhunzda’s vision, elders and religious leaders of the region had established the Balozai Social Organization in the 1930s. Since its beginning, the organization has always encouraged parents to send their children to schools.

The towns have the highest literacy rate and have the lowest dropout rate in Pakistan, which is 2%.

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