The Reform Support Unit (RSU), School Education Department, Government of Sindh have a mandate to disburse stipends to female students of Sind. A signing ceremony was held at a local Hotel in Karachi to award the contract for disbursement of these bursaries to JazzCash. Payments will be made in two streams of Rs. 3,500 and Rs. 2,500 in 45 Talukas and 76 Talukas respectively where the transition rate is low.
Speaking on the occasion His Excellency Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, the Honourable Minister of Education Sindh said “This initiative is reflective of the Government of Sindh’s commitment to increase the enrollment of girls in schools at the Secondary level. Investing in girls’ education is a strategic development priority as it pays huge dividends for a society. It was Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s dream that all girls should be educated, and we are working to realize it”
On this occasion, Secretary School Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili said that timely delivery was critical to girls’ stipend disbursement. The Government of Sind was aware of this and has been making disbursements through ATM cards, pin mailers and SMS. “This year we are going a step further and will disburse the stipends through JazzCash biometric verification to ensure it reaches the right family.”
Chief Program Manager of RSU, Faisal Ahmed Uqaili said “Approximately 300,000 girls’ students receive stipends annually after the data received from the school principals is scrutinized and verified independently to ensure transparency.
“Jazz, as a socially-responsible corporation, has always been at the forefront of supporting programs that have a positive social impact. Jazz believes in promoting diversity and inclusiveness and this is reflected in out products as well. JAZZ CASH will be the enabler that gives 600,000 girls access to education. Our partnership with RSU Sindh showcases our commitment to bridging the education divide in this country, and empowering women for a better tomorrow,” said Faisal Sattar, Head of Business Services Division at Jazz.
JazzCash is a mobile fiancial service offering under Jazz’s ecosystem, has over 70,000 retail outlets across Pakistan. JazzCash offers a broad portfolio of branchless banking services for customers including money transfer, bill payments, bank transfers, mobile accounts services, ATM cards, insurance, savings, payment gateway and payments for a variety of services.