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Dr Baela highlights importance of ASER survey

Director Programme Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) Dr Baela Raza Jamil has demanded that Punjab government should made public the findings

Learning outcomes: Release of education survey delayed a week

LAHORE: The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), being conducted by the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in Pakistan to assess the outcome of education

مفت تعلیم کے حق کا بل وزیر اعلیٰ کی منظوری کا منتظر ہے:امتیاز نظامی

حکومت وسیلہ تعلیم پروگرام کو کامیاب کرانا چاہتی ہے تو اثر کا ڈیٹا اس پروگرام کو کامیاب بنانے میں مدد دے سکتا ہے ،مفت تعلیم کے حق کا بل وزیر اعلی کی منظوری کا منتظر ہے ،

UNESCO reiterates commitment to invest In youth

KARACHI - The tenth Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Putting Education to Work of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes dire need for investment in the future of young boys and girls in terms of spending, quality education and skill building initiatives

Private tuitions - just an easy way out?

The concept of private tuition is fast becoming a trend for students. The idea of a private tutor to coach and cater to the students every academic need completely undermines the entire system

Global Development and Population Program

The Global Development and Population Program makes grants to improve the well-being of vulnerable people

The ABC of primary education

Focusing on primary education should form the basis of our debate on improving education standards By Irfan Mufti

Punjab govt to decentralise Education Department

LAHORE: The Punjab government would decentralise the Education Department and set up District Education Model Centres to address the problems of local teachers and Education Department staff, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said on Sunday

PML-N Deputy Secretary, Ahsan Iqbal joins ASER Pakistan 2012 Campaign! A Campaign for Change & Positive Impact towards Child Learning

PML-N Deputy Secretary, Ahsan Iqbal joins ASER Pakistan 2012 Campaign! A Campaign for Change & Positive Impact towards Child Learning.

NAROWAL/ LAHORE: PML-N Deputy Secretary General and former education minister, Ahsan Iqbal said that ASER Pakistan has done commendable job in reflecting standard of education at grass root level.

Mr. Iqbal was speaking at the ASER Survey 2012 data verification activity in Narrowal District (Talwandi Bhindran) on Sunday. DG NCHD (National Commission for Human Development) Khusro Pervaiz, ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) Program Manager Safyan Jabbar and Regional Manager ITA Waqas Bajwa and local community members were also present on the occasion. Iqbal overviewed ASER activity in the District and directly interacted with volunteers and master trainers participating in the survey phase.

He said that education must be the first priority of any nation which wants to succeed. He added that Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi (ITA)’s efforts must be complimented in the ASER survey 2012 for choosing Narowal district as an ASER survey district. He urged all parliamentarians to fully support and cooperate ASER survey teams in the respective areas and take action according to the findings of the eventual ASER 2012 report. He added that such a support is crucial for increasing quality and standard of education in Pakistan.

Mr. Iqbal pointed out that community members play a very important role in creating awareness about quality education. He said the community members must be mobilized to point out the problems and issues in the education sector and government will take action accordingly.

DG NCHD and Ex-Commissioner Lahore, Khusro Pervaiz said there is a dearth of science teachers in Narowal and approximately 1300 students enrolled from class 6 to 10 do not have a specialist science teacher assigned for them. Mr. Pervaiz said centralization in education needs to be curbed and district education model is going to be implemented across Punjab which would solve all education related issues.

Ahsan Iqbal also visited households of Talwandi Bhindran and monitored ASER survey in the district.  This activity is the precursor to the nationwide advocacy movement with ASER (Annual Status for Education Report) 2012 mapping child literacy levels across over 135 districts in Pakistan. 

Education survey to be launched on 28th

LAHORE: 

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan 2012 will be launched in Islamabad on January 28, Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) Programmes Director Baela Raza Jamil said on Monday.

Teachers should be role models for students

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5: All education-related activities revolve around teachers. They are the role models for the children of the nation

Second phase of 'Million Signature' drive launched

LAHORE, Oct 3: The Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) has launched the second phase of its 'One Million Signature Campaign' to project the need of free and compulsory education for children in 5-16 year age group

Apprehensions about primary schools merger policy

THE merger of primary schools in Punjab is irking all those who are campaigning to expand the education facilities to bring out-of-school children in schools in line with the implementation of Article 25-A of the Constitution as well as those who are against co-education at primary schools.

The curse of illiteracy

Cannot save thumbThe fact that the literacy rate in Pakistan is one of the lowest in the world was never a secret. However, this squalid truth was confirmed once again by the latest "Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), Pakistan" which has revealed that Pakistan stands second in global ranking of out-of-school children, with 57.3 percent children in the 3-5 age group not enrolled in any school in the rural areas and 65.5 percent mothers being in the illiterate category.

Learning outcome an  important goal

 For once, I am optimistic about elementary education in India. Not because we have witnessed improvements in learning levels. In fact, the opposite is true. The latest Annual Status of Education Report highlights the deepening crisis of poor learning levels. In 2008, just under 50% of standard III students could read a standard I text. In 2012, this dropped to nearly 30%. My optimism stems from the outcomes problem finally getting recognized by the government. The 12th Plan explicitly states that the overarching goal in elementary education is to improve learning outcomes.

Toward Universal Learning: What Every Child Should Learn

In the run-up to 2015 and beyond, the global education community must work together to improve learning and propose practical actions to deliver and measure progress. In response, UNESCO through its Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution have co-convened the Learning Metrics Task Force (LMTF). The project’s main objective is to shift the focus of global education debates from access to access plus learning. Based on input from technical working groups and global consultations, the task force will make recommendations to help countries and international organizations measure and improve learning outcomes for children and youth worldwide.

Summary of the recent working group meeting hosted by UIS in Montreal

Education Fights Militants and Military

Children stand around the ruins of an old school building in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 10 2013 (IPS) - Eight-year-old Muhammad Akram was forced to quit school when he was in the second grade, when the Taliban destroyed the small, government-run school that he and his brother had been attending.

Education Ranked #1 Priority by People around the World

In preparation for discussions on post-2015 global development goals, the United Nations launched the global survey MY World in December to determine the top priorities of people around the world. People from 183 different countries have taken part in the survey.

Remarks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Headquarters

Thank you very much. Thank you. So I just said to Raj, you had to remind me of Red Sox travails. Eighty-six years, well, we got over that. Now, today I wake up and I’m mourning Kevin Youkilis, a Yankee? I don’t know. (Laughter.) Anyway, I don’t want to get him in trouble. He said some very nice things about the Red Sox, and I don’t want to go there. (Laughter.)

World Must Make Secondary Education Free for All

LONDON (AlertNet) – Children around the world must have access to free secondary education - and be legally protected from child labour and child marriage - if they are to be given a proper chance in life, says a major report released Wednesday.

Keeping children at school

According to the recent survey launched by the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 23 per cent of six to 16-year-old children are out of school in the country; the number comes up to around five million. This, according to 2012 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, makes Pakistan the country with the second highest number of out of school children. Of these five million, 63 per cent are girls.

What private schools feel

Private Schools Management Association Chairman Sharaf-uz-Zaman says that he was really surprised at the way the Sindh Provincial Bill (Article 25-A) Right to Free and Compulsory Education was passed without taking the private schools into confidence.

Gender inequality: Right to Free Education bill draft sent to PA secretariat

LAHORE: The draft law for the implementation of Article 25-A of the Constitution pertaining to free and compulsory schooling for children aged 5 to 16, has been sent to the Assembly secretariat this week, School Education Department (SED) Secretary Aslam Kamboh said on Friday.

Right to education draft law sent to PA

LAHORE, March 8: Punjab School Education Department Secretary Aslam Kamboh said on Friday the draft law for the implementation of “Article 25-A – Right to Education” under the 18th Amendment had been sent to the Punjab Assembly for legislation.

Learning Metrics Task Force

From Kenya to India to the United States, world leaders are realizing the global learning crisis that threatens to rob millions of children of the fundamental human right to education, and the knowledge and skills required for well-being and prosperity in the 21st century. Well before Education for All (EFA) was endorsed in 1990, educators recognized that providing access to schooling without also ensuring student learning is an empty promise. With a new set of global development goals on the post-2015 horizon, what can the education community do now to catalyze a shift in global focus and investment from universal access to ensuring access plus improving learning opportunities and outcomes worldwide?

Political agendas: Education as a stepping stone

Elections 2013 are just around the corner and election manifestoes are appearing daily in the media. The emphasis on change is a recurring theme and political parties are finally acknowledging issues that face the nation with promises to address them if elected.

Learning and Teaching for Development

The 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report will show why education is pivotal for development in a rapidly changing world. It will explain how investing wisely in teachers, and other reforms aimed at strengthening equitable learning, transform the long-term prospects of people and societies.

The Sprint to the 2015 Development Goals: challenges of Quality Learning & Financing Debated

Washington DC is where things were happening last week April 15-19, 2013 - the world had descended
from the UN Secretary General\'s handpicked global youth leaders to civil society activists...

Helping the world’s poorest children requires radical reform

Gordon Brown is the United Nations’ special envoy for global education. He was prime minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, after 10 years as chancellor of the exchequer.

Education in the Global Spotlight

The next two weeks will see a wealth of activities geared toward ramping up the global education agenda. From community initiatives to ministerial meetings, children, parents, advocates, experts, and political leaders are turning their attention to basic education.

Young People Have a Dream for Education – We Can’t Wait anymore

This is an important week for global education. The World Bank, the United Nations Secretary General and his Special Envoy on Global Education, Gordon Brown are convening a meeting with finance and education ministers from 8 countries

World leaders gather on global education crisis

This week, an unprecedented gathering of world leaders in Washington DC is seeking to urgently accelerate progress on achieving education for all. 61 million children of primary school age are still out of school around the world, and with less than 1,000 days remaining to the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), urgent action is needed right now to ensure every child goes to school by 2015.

Alif Ailaan's mission is to put education at the center of Pakistani politics

All Parties conferences and in party manifestos

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, we have a national consensus to end the education emergency...

The invisible and urgent challenge of learning - Ideas For India, 20 May 2013

While almost all six to fourteen year olds in India are enrolled in school, their performance is far below expected levels. The common view is that the problem can be addressed by filling gaps in the system such as inadequate infrastructure or teacher shortage. This column argues that these inputs can ensure “schooling for all” but not “learning for all”, and suggests teaching by level rather than by grade to improve learning outcomes.

Education emergency: No schoolbooks in these hands

ISLAMABAD: They sat on a mound, making dung cakes in Basti Khundo in Rahim Yar Khan (Southern Punjab). Having made palm-sized dung cakes in her 15 years, Aisha was with her little 3 year old sister. Dutifully, she put aside some dung to make some toys for her baby sister.

Parha Likha Pakistan?: A means but no end

ISLAMABAD: When it comes to education, the manifestos of most political parties have two things in common: that they all pledge to move mountains to address Pakistan’s education emergency, but offer few plans as to how they intend to do this.

Follow-up: Despite 18th Amendment, little done to improve education in K-P

PESHAWAR: Article 25-A of the Constitution declares free and compulsory education to be a fundamental right for all children aged five to 16. But three years after the article was introduced as part of the 18th Amendment, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is yet to initiate mechanisms that implement this right.

Over 27 million children out of school

ISLAMABAD: While the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) is finalising the make-up of its government, an array of challenges is staring the party in the face, with the most crucial one being the education emergency in the country.

Fundamental errors in Indian education

When the Right To Education (RTE) Act was written into the Indian constitution in 2010, the country became 135th where government is responsible and legally bound to educate children between the ages of six and 14.

Malala Yousafzai receives peace award from Irish

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has received the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award from Ireland for speaking out for both sexes' equal access to education, media reported January 1.

Article 25-A: Right to Education

Pakistan faces many challenges in education; these include huge disparities in opportunities, particularly for the rural poor and girls, poor quality education,

Quiet Progress for Education in Pakistan

The issue of education in Pakistan rocketed to front page news after the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl who was targeted by Taliban

Annual Learning Assessment - Launch of Uwezo 2012 Assessment Findings, Are Our Children Learning?

Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Venue: Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) (formerly KIE) (Murang\'a Road, Ngara). 

 We will be delighted to see you, and share first-hand the big story in our 3rd Uwezo report. 

For more details kindly visit www.uwezo.net.  

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De-escalation on the LoC is an Urgent Priority

Islamabad, 16th August: Short-term thinking and reactive responses from India are endangering the fragile peace process in the region. This was the consensus of a roundtable discussion hosted by the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad on Friday. Senior policy makers, parliamentarians, former military personnel, senior journalists and former state officials attended the event.

A robust discussion between the participants principally focused on identifying the reasons driving the recent escalation at the LOC , as well the actions required to move beyond it. There was also considerable debate on the timing of these episodes, the post-election scenario in Islamabad and the pre-election compulsions in New Delhi. The participants felt that the political situation in Indian administered Kashmir over the last few days was tense and was adversely affecting the current impasse in bilateral relations.

The discussants agreed that Pakistan's government had issued the right signals in the aftermath of the escalation, and that there was an urgent need for better articulation and policy coherence for peace-building. They also noted that there was an almost absolute consensus amongst Pakistan’s mainstream parliamentarians on normal relations with India.

The discussion was held in the backdrop of the latest escalation of violence between India and Pakistan across the Line of Control (LOC) earlier this month. Tensions had risen across the border after Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed in a remote district in Kashmir. The two armies have since responded with tit-for-tat shelling and violations of the ceasefire.

The roundtable recommended the following steps for de-escalation of the conflict.

1. The group expressed concern that the recent incidents across the LoC had severely impacted the modest progress made in bilateral relations and recommended that credible investigations be urgently initiated to ascertain the facts on the ground to the satisfaction of both parties;

2. That the ceasefire has held since 2003 and existing mechanisms for confidence building on the LoC needs to be strengthened forthwith. UNMOGIP is one existing entity that can be productively utilized for this purpose. Furthermore, the DGMO hotlines should be utilized more effectively and in less pro forma manner in order to diffuse tensions;

3. That the bilateral dialogue process should be resumed at all levels. The Prime Ministers should meet on the sidelines of the UNGA to ensure the sustainability of the dialogue process. Back channel efforts, initiated a few weeks earlier, should be brought to bear on the dialogue process;

4. Both the countries should ensure that their soil is not used against the other for acts of terrorism;

5. The unrest in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir is a reminder that both sides need to commit themselves to a renewed effort at resolving this long-standing dispute;

6. The media on both sides should report responsibly and help build a narrative of peace, jointly and nationally, to create normalcy. Journalists should be granted access to the LoC to ascertain facts on the ground.

Participants of the discussion included Amb. Sherry Rehman, MNA Naveed Qamar, MNA Shafqat Mahmood, Amb. Humayun Khan, Amb. Aziz Ahmad Khan, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, Nasim Zehra, Zahid Hussain, Wajahat S. Khan, Raza Rumi and Rafiq Dar, JKLF.

Baithaks: 'Education through community-building'

The future of millions of school-going children in Balochistan has been jeopardised due to gender disparity, bad governance and lack of quality education, said United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Balochistan Representative Qaisar Khan Jamali. - See more at: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/08/05/news/national/gender-disparity-in-balochistan-jeopardises-girls-education/#sthash.tCsQSuAK.dpuf

Baithaks: 'Education through community-building' - The Express Tribune

LAHORE: Baithaks, jirgas and kutcheris, the traditional way of settling disputes, are being convened to bring communities closer and resolve issues related to the right to education.

The inclusion of Article 25-A in the 18th Amendment allows every child in the 5-16 age bracket free compulsory education.

Edu status survey launched

Sunday, September 08, 2013 - Islamabad—A nationwide survey to examine the status of education in Pakistan has been launched that would also gauge the learning levels of children aged 5 to 16 years. The Annual Status of Education Report 2013 was launched in the closing ceremony of a three-day workshop arranged by Idara-e-Taleem- o-Aagahi.

Survey on status of education in Pakistan starts

ISLAMABAD: A nationwide survey to examine the status of education in Pakistan has been launched that would also gauge the learning levels of children aged 5 to 16 years.

Survey on education status starts

ISLAMABAD - The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the national survey conducted every year to gauge the learning levels of the children in the age band of 5-16 years, has started its fieldwork under which 145 rural and 10 urban districts will be covered including 87,000 households and almost 2.5 lakh children.

compulsory Education (Express News - Urdu)

compulsory Education (Dunya News - Urdu)

General Debate of the 68th Session - General Assembly OF THE UNITED NATIONS

General Debate: 24 September - 1 October 2013

General Debate live

Your window on the general debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly!
This site offers access to the speeches of the Member States delivered from the UN Headquarters in New York. Each speaker has a dedicated page featuring the statement, a video and downloadable sound files (.mp3) in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). Content, which is continuously updated, can be browsed by date and country/speaker. The debate will resume on Wednesday, September 25, at 9:00 a.m. (New York time, GMT-4).

Asian and Pacific Countries Adopt Ground - Breaking Agenda on Population, Development and Rights

BANGKOK, Thailand (ESCAP and UNFPA) – A regional ministerial conference of Asian and Pacific governments has issued a strong reaffirmation that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post - 2015 development framework

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