March for Education: Ending the education emergency

Published: March 9, 2011
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Screenshot of the Education Emergency website.

Screenshot of the Education Emergency website.

The terrible state of education in Pakistan is no secret. Surveys, reports and articles have repeatedly drawn attention to the sorry state of education in this country which is nothing short of an emergency.

The Pakistan Education Task Force, a body set up in 2009 by the federal government to offer recommendations on how to implement education policies, in a recent report has stated that the education for all target stated in the Constitution of Pakistan will not be achieved during the lifetime of anyone alive today.

Drawing attention to the fact that three million Pakistani children will never see the inside of a classroom, the Pakistan Education Task Force has launched a March for Education campaign to “end the education emergency”.

The campaign aims to make March the month that Pakistan talks about only two things: education and cricket. It aims to initiate a national debate to push education to the top of the political agenda.

The group encourages people to join the campaign and to sign their petition to show Pakistan’s leaders that people really care about education.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Mar 10, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Wakeup fellow citizens, its now or never to save our country…………….

    Accoding to bbc.com

    “”””It says that at the current rate of progress Punjab province will provide all children with their constitutional right to education by 2041 while Balochistan province – the worst affected area – will not reach this goal until 2100.

    The report says that only 6% of children in the country get their education in religious schools or madrassas.

    The commission found that:

    30,000 school buildings are so neglected that they are dangerous
    21,000 schools do not have a school building at all
    Only half of all women in Pakistan can read, in rural areas the figure drops to one third
    There are 26 countries poorer than Pakistan who still manage to send more of their children to school
    Only 65% of schools have drinking water, 62% have latrines, 61% a boundary wall and 39% have electricity
    The report said that Pakistan – in contrast to India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – has no chance of reaching the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for education by 2015.

    The findings also affect population growth – because educated women have smaller families with children who are healthier and more inclined to use their own education to nurture the next generation””””Recommend

  • Yousuf Sajjad
    Mar 10, 2011 - 10:24AM

    Good on the Education Task Force! This is the right thing to do!Recommend

  • Wafa
    Mar 10, 2011 - 12:30PM

    Great initiative. You have my vote and support. Recommend

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