Striving for inclusive and equitable quality education for all 

It's My Right, Make it Right!

Girls Education


Girls’ Education in Pakistan remains dismal and as a result of this, female literacy, retention and learning outcomes for females in schools remain poor. PCE advocates for increased prioritization of female education in Pakistan, focusing on access to quality education.

Right to Education - RTE

PCE advocates for the enforcement of Article 25 A, the Right to Education, within the constitution that obligates the state to provide free and compulsory education to children age 5-16 years. The Right to Education was added to the Constitution as part of the 18th Constitutional Amendment in 2010. 

Pakistan Coalition for Education in collaboration with RESULTS Educational Fund, formulated

RTEI Pakistan - Country Profile


Education Financing

Pakistan’s education spending is currently the lowest in South Asia, with only 2.5% of GDP allocated to education. PCE strongly advocates for an increase in education budget to at least 4% of the GDP. It also lobbies for transparency and accountability in the allocation and utilization of education budget.

The PCE Story

Established in 2005, Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) currently stands as the only coalition working on education advocacy in Pakistan for eleven consecutive years. This network of civil society organizations currently is present in 65 districts across Pakistan in Punjab, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Coalition consists of members from local Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Education Reporters' Associations (ERA) in the media, who aim to bring about change in the education system of the country through policy advocacy and civic engagement. 

In recent years, PCE has grown immensely with regards to its thematic areas of education. While it started from Financing on Education, PCE is now taking on several issues including the implementation of Right to Education, Education Governance, Girls' Education, Public-Private Partnerships in education and the Sustainable Development Goals. Since last year, PCE has also conducted additional research on unregulated privatization of schools as a violation of human rights.

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March 31, 2019

Gulmakai Champion Interview: Zehra Arshad

In an interview with Malala Fund, Zehra Arshad, leading the Pakistan Coalition for Education shares her mission statement and her vision to revolutionize the future of girl's education in Pakistan. Working simultaneously with multiple stakeholders, she aims to amplify the voices of young girls and demand a constitutional amendment that ensures 12 years of free quality education accessible for every child across the country. She believes “Once you have the opportunity to learn and earn, no one can stop you.” 


February 21, 2019

Right to Education Index - Pakistan Country Brief 2018.

Pakistan Coalition for Education in collaboration with RESULTS Educational Fund, formulated RTEI 2018, which is a global index built out of the international right to education framework to track national progress towards the fulfillment of right to education in a country. The index uses a survey of close-ended questions answered with supporting documentation to substantiate national satisfaction of the right to education. Each question is based in one or several international human rights instruments, namely United Nations legally binding international conventions.


June 30, 2018

Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) is an international annual campaign led by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). The week is celebrated globally by the public worldwide to raise awareness on the importance of education. Every year, teachers and civil society members work towards raising awareness on different education related themes.

March 31, 2018

Newsletter, Issue No. 16

Pakistan Coalition for Education in collaboration with Ghazali Education Trust (GET) organized a round table conference to stress on the need for all political parties to make time bound commitments with regards to education in their party manifestos. The platform was used to reflect on manifestos of 2013 and the progress made in line with the education agendas defined by the political parties, five years down the road. The event was attended by members of Standing Committee on Education from Punjab Assembly, representatives of political parties, academia, journalists and members of the civil society.

December 31, 2017

Newsletter, Issue No. 15

Pakistan Coalition for Education commemorated World Teachers’ Day in collaboration with Human Development Foundation at Bahria University, Islamabad. “Democratic values begin in the classroom with empowered teachers” was the highlight of the talk organized to discuss the importance of empowered teachers to build sustainable future for societies. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Azhar Saleem from the Human Development Foundation lauded the role played by the teachers in shaping the nation and stressed on giving the utmost respect to teachers for they are performing the most sacred duty. He further highlighted the importance of inspiring teachers who have the power to uplift the future of their students.

September 30, 2017

Newsletter, Issue No. 14

PCE is a strong proponent of mobilizing communities in order to identify the barriers in access to quality education. PCE piloted a two pronged initiative in two districts of Pakistan. After the successful launch of the intervention in Ghotki, PCE initiated its second intervention in Jamshoro. In the first phase of the initiative, around 37 schools were surveyed from 2 union councils, namely Shah Awais and Shalmani. Survey forms were put together to determine the enrolment and dropout rates at schools, the funds allocated and their utilization, information regarding SMCs and school facilities. Based on the findings of the baseline report, capacity building training sessions were organized in both UCs. Training modules and handouts were devised to train key stakeholders including SMC members, head teachers and local administration.

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