Education for all children and youth in Pakistan which nurtures them to become critical thinkers and conscientious citizens promoting harmony, democracy and justice.
To work towards ensuring free quality education for all, irrespective of gender, religion and class differences, that promotes peace, tolerance, democracy and justice and safeguards diversity.
Instilling change at the grass roots level
PCE believes that real change stems from effecting social reforms at the grass root level. Community mobilization is at the heart of PCE’s advocacy efforts. PCE has been raising awareness through various activities and initiatives in far flung districts of Pakistan. Through collaborative efforts with our member organizations, we hope to inculcate a better realization of rights and capacitate communities on the means to translate demands into actions. To better inform the masses, PCE continues to adopt evidence based advocacy, whereby each intervention and research study is preceded by surveys of schools to draw a realistic picture of the situation on ground.
Negation of RTE
Commodification of Education
PCE is an indefatigable defender of RTE and has been viewing the unregulated growth of private actors in education through human rights perspective. Privatization of education contributes towards increased segregation in society. PCE has been engaged in highlighting this issue on the national and international platforms. PCE presented a shadow report titled “Privatization of Education in Pakistan and the Right to Education: A right out of reach?” with the support of Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), ASPBAE and seven national CSOs. This report was presented to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Child (UNCRC) at its 72nd Session for its consideration of the List of Issues for Pakistan. PCE was also attended pre-sessions for UPR that were intended to reflect on the unprecedented growth of privatization in education.
Citizen Led Initiatives
Together we can, together we will
Citizens are the key to introducing relevant reforms in education. No education model can work without the active involvement of relevant stakeholders. PCE has been working arduously to develop a strong communication mechanism in order to bridge the gap between three key stakeholders of education at UC level; namely the School Management Committees (SMCs), Local Government and the Local Administration. Through its initiatives, PCE effectively engages these key stakeholders to create awareness and mobilize communities to address pertinent issues at the Union Council and District level.
Thriving in unison
PCE is actively involving grass root level through its partner organizations and has a reach that extends to 1000 Union Councils (UCs). PCE has been engaging a wide variety of decision makers, legislators, government officials, teachers, parents, students, media personnel and representatives of the government through various consultations at national, provincial and district level. Over the course of several years, PCE has been able to establish strong linkages with these stakeholders and has been working towards reinforcing these connections to make more coordinated efforts in highlighting the prevalent issues in education. PCE utilizes its unique platform to engage all key stakeholders, hold dialogues, devise recommendations and submit them to relevant authorities for further action.
UC & DISTRICT
Budget Tracking Study titled “ Do schools get money?” covered 14 districts of Pakistan
Developing a communication and coordination mechanism for community stakeholder by creating Peoples’ Advocacy Group on Education (PAGE)
Raising awareness on multiple education related themes via Global Action Week
Capacity building sessions stakeholders from different districts regarding RTE, School Development Plans and Education Governance
Mobilizing 3000+ community members for Implementation of RTE through public demonstrations in 20 districts
Public Interest litigations in Peshawar, ICT and Punjab High Court for the implementation of RTE
Formation of Education Sector Plan Action Group (ESPAG) through consultative process
Sessions with parliamentarians on the implementation of RTE, budgetary allocations in favor of girls’ education
Engaging policy makers on the formulation and analysis of Education Sector Plans
Engagement with Standing Committees on Education at Senate and National Level
Consultations on Girls’ Education, Sustainable Developments Goals, budget tracking and Right to Education
Policy discussions and development of Policy briefs
Oversight meetings with parliamentarians on RTE and budget tracking initiative
Public Interest Litigations on Right to Education
Parallel reporting to United Nations Committee United Nations Committee of the Rights of Child through PCE’s shadow report on Privatization and Human Rights
Part of the pre-sessions for UPR
Harvesting Hope initiative used as an information source for discussion on issues regarding education
Selection of National Coordinator as board member of Global Partnership of Education, representing Pakistan Civil Society at the Global Level