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Bakarwal Mobile Schools (BMS): Education access to Nomadic population of Pakistan

How an organization is catering to education needs of Nomads that form a major portion of displaced population in Pakistan i.e.Gujjar Nomads

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"It is hard to envision that there are still groups of people in Pakistan who live nomadic lives, like Gujjar nomads, during their twice-yearly migrations. Millions of Pakistanis have abnegated their right to education due to poverty, vulnerability, lack of services, spatial isolation and conflicts. Nomads, in particular, are subject to marginalization that renders their children’s formal education difficult. The contrast in access to education between nomadic and non-nomadic students is stark. The way forward requires active involvement of community and all stakeholders and initiative keeping in view the requirements of nomadic students." Haroon Janjua

Education for nomads ‹ The Friday Times

Bakarwal Mobile Schools (BMS)

“The Bakarwal people have lived a nomadic life for generations and find it to be an intrinsic aspect of their culture and identity.  Due to rapid population growth, inflation, and increased restrictions to public grazing areas, they are finding this traditional way of life is under threat.  At the same time, due to the structure and content of the current education system, Bakarwal nomads remain largely illiterate and at an economic disadvantage due to a lack of relevant educational opportunities” says Brandon Baughn, Director BMS

Education for nomads ‹ The Friday Times

In 2007 BMS initiated a proper educational system for migrant Bakarwal children and adults in Northern Pakistan. With the specific goal to address their needs, BMS made a mobile educating framework geared towards a shepherd-specific, primary language educational module.

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