Pakistan has a population of about 188 million people. As Pakistan continues to strive for universal basic primary education, it faces the related challenge of increasing access to learning opportunities at the secondary and tertiary levels. 

School-age Population by Education Level1

31,624,636

 

20,964,647

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20191

41%

 

47%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20181

8%

 

10%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

60.5%

 

n/a

Secondary (2018)

 

Tertiary

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

42%

 

67%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

23%

 

85%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

21%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

66

 

64

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

1.3 72.6
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.9 29.2
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
16.2 15.5
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

Highlights

COL’s current work in Pakistan is primarily in the areas of higher education and girls’ and women’s training for livelihoods. Learners from Pakistan have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.

Partners

Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partnerships support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Such partnerships include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL's partners in Pakistan include:

  • Higher Education Commission
  • Allama Iqbal Open University
  • Bedari
  • Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child
  • Virtual University of Pakistan