District Profile: Peshawar

One of the oldest living cities in Asia, the historical valley of Peshawar is a sprawling district of over 3.6 million population- the most populous district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Spread over 1,275 sq. km. Peshawar is also the provincial capital, and a city bordering the tumultuous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In line with the national population statistics, the largest share of the population is of the 5-9 year age group, accounting for over half a million.

3.6 Million population

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between the age of 05-09 years

62% Urban Literacy Rate
48% Rural Literacy Rate


The Education Landscape

The education sector is under tremendous pressure in the District. Quality of education is a persistent problem with schools, and is often lagging. Statistics show that there are 1060 primary, 155 middle, 140 secondary and 32 higher secondary schools in district Peshawar. The estimated Teacher Student Ratio is 1:45 at primary, 1:70 at middle, 1:32 at secondary and 1:27 at the level of higher secondary schools. Despite being the provincial capital and seat of government, Peshawar missed two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of “Achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015 and Promoting Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”.

While the urban literacy rate (62 %) is higher than the rural literacy rate (45 %), the Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) is 91 %, and the Net Enrollment Rate (NER) is 56 % at the primary level.


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primary schoolgoing children

children enrolled in primary schools

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Drop Out Rate

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Female: 54 %

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Male: 45 %

Gross Enrollment Primary Level

Net Enrollment Primary Level

Completion Rate Primary Level

Humqadam Initiative

Humqadam-SCRP, a pivotal part of DFID-assisted KESP programme, is building additional classrooms and WASH facilities in Primary and Higher Secondary Schools to promote inclusive and equitable education. Application of these innovations not only helps to reduce cost by 25% but also provides environmental friendly space in the public schools.

The programme aims at enhancing active participation by communities. In district Peshawar, 580 community memberships have been secured CCSIs. 96 projects have been initiated by CCSI members to contribute to quality education, environment, capacity building, health & hygiene, safety and community awareness. 9 rounds of capacity building cluster have been conducted with 132 CCSIs, 139 PTCs, 97 Teachers and 5 government officials.

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New Classrooms

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Community Members