UNESCO Education UIL

Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC /BUNYAD), Pakistan

NGO Resource Centre

BUNYAD, is an NGO working for the promotion of literacy and education, especially of young girls and adolescents, living in rural areas. BUNYAD is committed to EFA & SDG’s as the first step to fight poverty. 1 million have been made literate via non-formal education, adult education, continuing education, CLC, formal education, mobile phone literacy etc. in 14 districts of Punjab, Pakistan. Documentation of every activity in the area of Education For All (EFA) is developed, collected and shared with the Government to evaluate their programmes and to put forward suggestions and recommendations in their policies and planning. Bunyad's activities have been recognised at national and international level, resulting in their being awarded various medals and prizes: Communications Medal, UNESCO, Paris, 1998 for innovative work in literacy; King Sejong Prize, UNESCO, Paris, 2002 for the best NGO for promotion of literacy; Presidential Award of Aziz-e-Fazilat for literacy promotion, Govt of Pakistan, Education Department, 1998; Best Provincial NGO Award, 2002, Punjab Commission for Literacy for EFA; Aziz-e-Fazilat Presidential Award; Special Award for Promotion of Literacy, 2001, Pakistan Literacy Commissioner; Best Coordination Award, UNICEF, for outstanding work in flood affected areas; Bunyad's outstanding work countering child labour has been recognised by the National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD) and the Prime Minister of Pakistan gave a Leadership Award to Usman Bilal, one of the learners at Bunyad Hope Surgical Center Bagwal Awan Sialkot.

They are members of ICAE, ASPBAE ETC,. Awards have been given the Comenius Laureate & THE King Sejong Literacy Prize, both by UNESCO, Paris. Also the Presidential Award for Learning, Aiz e Fazilat.

Areas of Specialization:

Civil society, Education, Gender issues, Health, Health education, Lifelong learning, Literacy, Local resource mobilization, Material development, Microcredit

User Profile:

Policy makers, universities, agencies, small NGO’s, line departments, and public private partnership for education and literacy.

Contact Information


Head Quarter: Opp. Village Theather, Badian Road, Lahore Cantt. Pakistan
Mailing Address: 226–Munir Road, Lahore Cantt. Pakistan

(+92–42) 37167720-21
(+92–42) 37167520
Contact person:
Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman
Riaz Ahmad
Saima Fayyaz

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Ms. Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman (Vice Chairperson)
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, Urdu


Books and Documents:
25.000 library books and 250+ post literacy titles
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
Reports /Data /Research: 700; Teacher Training Manuals along with guides /handbooks for staff and facilitators: 10+

Methods of Data Management

Methods of Data Processing
Database Software
SPSS (Data Processing); Accounts Software (AIMS); Micro–credit (Generax Solution) Software; SIS for Students and TIS for Teachers

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Bunyad is providing and supporting various services and projects, including the provision of training space; Literacy Through Mobile Phones; The OML project; Community Learning Centres; Formal schools; a degree college; Training of teachers; Non-formal education centers; Provision of non formal education to children involved in camel raising; Bonded labor and the worst form of child labor; Early childhood care and development; Micro-credit to female learners; Vocational centers; Skill & livelihood enhancement programmes; Literacy through mobile phones; Mobile libraries; and Skype conferencing. Bunyad have a core group of trainers and have one large and four small training spaces. Have a core group of trainers. Constructed Training space, 1 large, 4 smaller ones.  Their qualified staff of 1110 includes 900 teachers.

Bunyad's areas of specialisation are literacy, education, genfer issues, child labour, health, lifelong learning, local resource mobilization, material development, microediting, and linkages with line departments of government and civil society organisations.  Additionally, Bunyad is specialising in promoting literacy through the use of mobile phone technology in Pakistan.

Publications Produced

BUNYAD has published more than 260 titles so far.  These include reading material for Adult Education /Continuing Education; guidelines for NFE teachers; guide-lines for social mobilisers; literature on health and hygiene; CD's on post-literacy; an annual up–date; a fortnightly newsletter “The Bunyad”; newsletter; Teacher’s Training Manuals; reading corner’s in most centers /school’s rickshaw library.

Special Activities


Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); ARTC, UNESCO; ALADIN, UNESCO; Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE); Community Learning Centres; Ag–Ren; South Asia HDF Network; Child Rights Information Network (CRIN); ICEA; ARNEC; Adolescent Health Awareness Network at Pakistan; Population Association of Pakistan (PAP); Pak Productive Health Network; Pakistan AIDS Consortium; Punjab Literacy Watch; SWAMP; District Coordination Council for NGOs (DCCNGO); District Commission for Child Welfare & Development (DCCWD); NPA – CEDAW, Punjab; Dignity; Council of Social Sciences (COSS); LIFE; Ombudsman /civil society; PPAF; PEF; BECS; ILO; UNESCO; UNICEF; UNDP; USAID; KNCU; GNI

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

1. Adult education is not priority agenda of policymakers, no support.
2. Growing & abject poverty of the rural families.
3. Women disadvantaged, although improved, still persists.
4. Lack of political will to eradicate illiteracy, specially for youth & women.
5. Culturally /traditionally gender biased society.
6. Lack of institutions and infrastructure for the promotion of education and literacy.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

1. Empowerment of rural families through literacy, vocational training, technologies and small loans (micro–credit)
2. Awareness campaigns to organise the rural population to demand their rights - e.g. messages via mobile phones.
3. Creating pressure groups to cultivate an “Education as a right” perspective in all the political leadership

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

1. To coordinate efforts for the social development of the society
2. To provide mutual strength by exchange of ideas and practices
3. To pool up the resources and avoid duplicity
4. To share expertise at regional level.
5. Cooperation /partnerships /linkages