Pakistan is one of the lowest-performing countries in the Southeast Asian region in terms of access to primary education, its quality, and learning outcomes, with an estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 not attending school.
For over 40 years, Basarat has been at the forefront of tackling these problems bringing meaningful education and literacy initiatives to vulnerable communities in Pakistan. All done through the Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS), which transforms spaces like parks, community centres, public spaces and classrooms into learning spaces.
Since 2020, 1017 box libraries have been distributed and 17 unique mobile libraries in the form of camels, rickshaws, bicycles, motor-bikes, pick-up vans, and yaks running in the most difficult terrains and urban slums of the country. This initiative has covered over 50 districts and benefited over 160,000 children.