Free Bicycles initiative for school children in KPK picks up pace

Last year, the Provincial Education Department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) figured out that there wasn’t enough increase in the number of students enrolled in schools even after providing the children with free books, uniforms, and a stipend.

It was found out that students faced the major issue of long-distance travel from home to school. The parents of these children were reluctant to send them to school because of the lack of transport facilities. Parents also suffered financially due to expensive travel back and forth from school every day.

In order to solve this problem, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department (K-P ESED) partnered with the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) to launch the ‘Sustainable Transition and Retention in Delivering Education’ (STRIDE) initiative.

Under the initiative, school girls living more than two kilometers away from the school building were to be provided with proper pick and drop facility, whereas the boys would be provided with free bicycles.

The Initiative was launched in the districts of Swabi and Kohat last year and now has made it to District Mardan and Nowshehra as it has picked up the pace.

Free bicycles have arrived in many of primary and middle schools of the two regions which will facilitate more than 1,000 students including girls.