Punjab Education Foundation vouchers

A teacher in blue and white headscarf at the chalkboard

The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) runs a programme distributing vouchers that give payment to qualified private schools for very poor children whose parents could not otherwise afford it. This Education Voucher Scheme (EVS) was launched in 2006 and is targeted at children aged 4 to 17.

The vouchers cost the government about 400PKR ($4) per month per child. In Punjab the voucher costs less per student than the government spends per student attending public schools.

Schools apply to participate and are inspected and assessed before they are invited to take part in the scheme. They are incentivised by the voucher revenue and prestige of the PEF qualification.

Children are selected to receive the vouchers based on need and identified by household surveys. Many participating children have never been to school or have dropped out.

PEF is a public-private partnership set up to promote quality education and is funded by the Pakistani government. Visit the PEF-EVS website.