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Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in one of his speeches shortly after independence equated education with Pakistan’s ability to survive. The founder of Pakistan said, “Education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan”. And yet here we are, 74 years later, hosting the world’s largest illiterate and unskilled population. Human life is impacted by the overarching role education plays and therefore, is the driving force for change in almost all aspects of life. Financing for
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Article 25A of the Constitution of Pakistan: Right to education—The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law. Unfortunately, the government of Pakistan has not been able to keep its promise of providing free education to all school-age children. The total number of out-of-school children in Pakistan has increased to more than 22 million and approximately
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Throughout history, humans, as social beings have occupied spaces to grow, adapt, and expand in the form of society. We have achieved this in the demarcates of certain rights, which are inherent to our existence. The United Nations has defined basic human rights as rights fundamental to all human beings, which include but are not restricted to, the right to life and liberty, the right to work and education, freedom of association to organize themselves
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October 10, 2020

Girls’ Education amidst COVID-19

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While the lockdown has taken aback most people by the unprecedented amounts of restrictions it has placed on their mobility and the constant surveillance it has led to, there is one segment of the society that isn’t completely unfamiliar to this way of life and that is women and girls. For women & girls, especially living in a country like Pakistan, life has always entailed heavy restrictions on mobility, monitoring of their whereabouts and being
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September 25, 2020

Right To Education: Where do we stand?

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According to the International Legatum Prosperity Index 2018, Pakistan’s education system ranks at 124 out of 149 total countries. The easiest explanation often offered to understand the flailing condition of the country’s education system even after 72 years of its inception, is the lack of education bureaucracy’s willingness to increase the GDP spending percentage as per the global standard. While there is not a shadow of doubt about the validity of that argument, the crisis
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September 25, 2020

District Jamshoro: A case of neglect?

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  In 2017-18 budget speech, the Sindh government announced that it will increase the education budgetary allocation from Rs 163.1 billion in 2016-17 to Rs 202.2 billion. Despite this increase, the condition on the ground is shoddy with poor infrastructure and serious governance issues. PCE developed a plan to engage district administration, local government representatives, school management committees, head teachers, community members and other key stakeholders to identify the root causes of the deteriorating education
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  Education is essential for the development and growth of a society. It is a fundamental human right and is a crucial means of realizing other human rights. Education empowers, emboldens and provides opportunities to promote equity and quality of life. It plays a pivotal role in every individual’s life by teaching them how to think, how to function as a productive citizen, developing skills, capacity and confidence to secure other rights and be mindful
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Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) has been tracking education budget at the district level over the last three years. The tracking exercise entailed a series of district level consultations with local stakeholders that included legislators, major political parties, school administrators and local governments on education budgets to ensure equitable and inclusive access to quality education. Through these consultations it came to light that there is a communication and coordination gap between the School Management, community
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  The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (‘the Committee’) expressed its concerns on the issue of privatization of education in Pakistan as the state underwent its first ever review earlier this month. The review focused on the status of implementation of the rights guaranteed under the 14 substantive articles of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966, ‘the Covenant’). In relation to the right to education, guaranteed under Articles 13
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For the last two years, September is the time when human rights campaigners have been convening as a global consortium to synergize their efforts to counter the privatization of education in their respective regions. This time, the campaigners headed to Kathmandu where these meetings enabled stakeholders from varied backgrounds working on issues with regards to right to education to raise sizeable concerns around the global growth of private actors in education provision. This event also
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