Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC /BUNYAD)

NGO Resource Centre

  • Founded:

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.

Bunyad's areas of specialisation are literacy, education, gender issues, child labour, health, lifelong learning, local resource mobilization, material development, microcrediting, 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.

Countries served: 
Library staff total: 


Books and documents: 

25.000 library books and 250+ post literacy titles

Periodicals p.a.: 


Multimedia / Audiovisual Material: 


Other material: 

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 Activites

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. They furthermore hav a core group of trainers. Their qualified staff of 1110 includes 900 teachers.

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: 
  • Micro-credit /small loans to rural women
  • Democratization - helping rural women to become voters
  • Literacy through mobile phones
  • Utilisation of ICTs for increasing literacy and education
  • Financial literacy for rural females
  • Mobile rickshaw libraries
  • Femal computer centres
  • Kitchen gardening

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: 
  • Adult education is not priority agenda of policymakers, no support.
  • Growing & abject poverty of the rural families.
  • Women disadvantaged, although improved, still persists.
  • Lack of political will to eradicate illiteracy, specially for youth & women.
  • Culturally /traditionally gender biased society.
  • Lack of institutions and infrastructure for the promotion of education and literacy.
Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services: 
  • Empowerment of rural families through literacy, vocational training, technologies and small loans (micro-credit)
  • Awareness campaigns to organise the rural population to demand their rights - e.g. messages via mobile phones.
  • Creating pressure groups to cultivate an "Education as a right" perspective in all the political leadership
Role envisaged within the Network of Networks: 
  • To coordinate efforts for the social development of the society
  • To provide mutual strength by exchange of ideas and practices
  • To pool up the resources and avoid duplicity
  • To share expertise at regional level.
  • Cooperation /partnerships /linkages

Contact Information

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

Tel.: (+92-42) 37167720-21
Fax.: (+92-42) 37167520
Contact language: English, Urdu

Contact Person

Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman; Riaz Ahmad; Saima Fayyaz

Head Person

Ms. Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman
Vice Chairperson

Type of parent organisation

Nongovernmental Organisation

Area of specialization

Citizenship education
Gender issues
Health education
Lifelong learning

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