With the looming climate crisis that Pakistan is facing, it is imperative that every single person has a seat at the table. Carrying this ethic forward, PCE held its 13th Annual Convention on December 15 2022 at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Islamabad. The evening featured two policy discussions and gathered experts from a range of fields.
Holding an increasingly vulnerable position in the Climate Risk index, Pakistan experienced unprecedented floods this year. According to UNDP, the floods have claimed the lives of 1730 people and have impacted about 33 million people. Early estimates indicate almost one third of the country was submerged under water.
To commemorate International Literacy Day on September 8, 2022, Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE), with the support of Saving 9, Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA), and Science Fuse held a webinar titled 'Rethinking Education in Emergencies and the Role of Technology in Education Provision for Affected Communities'. The discussion was centered on the climate-related post-monsoon flooding that has wreaked havoc in 80 districts in 5 provinces of Pakistan, impacted 33+ million people and caused 1200+ deaths.
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 education should be a top priority for the Federal, Provincial and Local governments as it is a vital investment for human and economic development.
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 and most importantly, freedom of opinion and expression.