To mark the first 100 days of the new Pakistan government, we joined forces to call for the urgent convening of a national Girls’ Education Task Force.
For this purpose, a series of fact sheets to draw attention to the state of girls’ education, the organisations — including Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE), Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA), Social Youth Council of Patriots (Sycop), Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi (IBT), and Awaaz CDS — are calling on the new government to make girls’ education a specific priority as part of its newly announced, National Education Policy Framework.
The girls’ education fact sheets bring together key data from various government departments and development organizations, presenting an overview of the situation at both a national and provincial level. They include key policy recommendations unique to each province.
This activity report outlines Pakistan Coalition for Education's (PCE) achievements in 2016 as well as the new initiatives that were launched and completed. It showcases PCE's engagement with the local communities at the grass roots level and how this engagement has successfully complemented PCE's advocacy agenda. This report also aims to highlight how the outcomes of these initiatives were linked with the policy discussions at the national as well as the international forums through PCE's participation and representation.
Pakistan Coalition for Education has been promoting people's constitutional right to Education since 2005. Over the period of more than a decade since its inception, PCE has grown immensely and is now taking up more issues such as girls' education, financing for education, public-private partnerships in education and Sustainable Development Goals. This document outlines PCE's Mission, Vision, scope of work, its mandate, its outreach and key thematic areas.
After the devolution of Education in 2010 through the 18th amendment, provinces have been given full authority on their education spending and allocations. Though, provinces have been given the autonomy, they are restricted by the amount of transfers from the federal. This policy brief analyses education budgetary allocations, its utilization and highlights the issues that directly affect education budget allocations. It also gives policy recommendations that can improve education allocations and spending over the course of next 5-10 years.
Minimum Common Education Agenda for political party manifestos
PCE organized various meetings and dialogues to stress on the need for all political parties to make time bound commitments with regards to education in their party manifestos for the general elections 2018. These platforms were 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. Members of Standing Committee on Education from Punjab Assembly, representatives of political parties, academia, journalists and members of the civil society attended these events. PCE developed a minimum common agenda for education to be made a part of political party manifestos for 2018. This agenda, was endorsed by all political party representatives as well as civil society and media.
Alternative report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights
Alternative Report Submitted by Pakistan Coalition of Education to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights (CECSR) at its session for ICESCR. This report looks at the implementation processes for Article 25-A, recognition of primary and secondary education as a fundamental right, lack of education spending and the rise of fee-charging private education which is resulting in discrimination against and stratification of some segments of society, especially children from the poorest Pakistani families. This report also analyses the lack of an adequate regulatory framework and monitoring mechanisms has created an anarchic space with low quality education.
This policy paper invites a holistic appreciation of the concept of RTE in all its dimensions and facets. A comparison is drawn between the features and provisions of the various federal and provincial statutes that have been enacted in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. An analysis of the deficiencies and shortcomings of the existing legislation is offered in light of the overarching concept and requisites for RTE.
The term Public Private Partnership (PPP) is being applied to various arrangements of partnership between the public and the private sectors. The debate on PPP simultaneously raises positive and negative sentiments. The positive side believes that PPP pools in both public and private resources to benefit the citizens particularly the disadvantaged communities. The negative side believes that PPP is a disguised way of promoting privatization, which may seem positive in the beginning but ultimately leads to more inequitable distribution of opportunities.
The PPP arrangements are being applied in a number of social services including health, transport, infrastructure development, education etc. This report deals with PPPs in education only. It is important to investigate this further, as the current education policy of Pakistan identifies it as an important strategy to advance educational indicators and has pointed at several areas in education where PPP would be encouraged.