Pakistan – Beacon in the darkness of illiteracy


  • Current Population: 202,000,000
  • Population under 25 years old: 53%
  • Languages: Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Saraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%, Pashto (alternate name, Pashtu) 8%, Urdu (official) 8%,
  • Religion: Muslim 96%, Christian 2.45%, Hindu 1.6%


Bible distribution is not much use unless the recipient is literate. In Pakistan it is estimated that around 58% of those over the age of 15 can read and write. That leaves a large portion of the population unable to read the Bible even if they had one.

The situation is even worse if you are female – around 56% of females over 15 are unable to read and write.

Bible Society is partnering with churches and parachurch organisations in Pakistan to offer literacy training and Scriptures to disadvantaged Christian women. In 2017, the Bible Society in Pakistan will aim to establish 350 new literacy classes (with approximately 7,000 new female students). Scripture portions for new readers will also be made available to students after the completion of the literacy courses.

This programme will not only give them the chance to improve their reading skills, but also to read and interact with the Bible. The Pakistan Bible Society knows that if a woman becomes literate, she can be instrumental in being a beacon to illuminate her family with the Word of God.

Plans for 2017

Already many centres around the country are operating these literacy courses (the project began in 2014). The Church of Pakistan is running 72 centres in rural areas, which will be expanded to 78 in 2017. The Full Gospel Assemblies Church (FGA) is already running the programme in 68 centres, which will be expanded to 82. The Assemblies of God Church (A.O.G) in Peshawar is running the programme in 56 centres and will be extended to 90 in 2017. Other churches involved include AMEN (All Mothers Educated Now) and the Brethren Church.

Our pledge

Bible Society New Zealand has pledged to support the Bible Society in Pakistan in helping teach disadvantaged Christian women to read through Bible-based literacy resources. Will you help us in this critical task?

Make a donation

If you’d like to help with these critical programmes in Pakistan, you can make a donation using the form below. We greatly appreciate the support of many people around New Zealand in helping Bible Society reach disadvantaged women in Pakistan.

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