The state of primary education in Pakistan is not up to mark and there is need to transform it, said the British High Commissioner Adam Thomson.
He was addressing the launching ceremony of Ilm Ideas, a UK-funded programme that aims to improve primary education in Pakistan. Launched by the United Kingdom (UK), the three-year-long programme is worth GBP 6.3 million and is funded by the UKaid from the Department for International Development.
“Education is critical for alleviating militancy, poverty and increasing awareness among the citizens,” he added.
The objectives of the programme are to increase enrolment rates and retention of girls and boys in schools; improved leaning achievements, measured through standardized test; and enhance parent and student satisfaction, measured through surveys.
The programme would be managed by the Development Alternatives Inc. Europe Ltd in cooperation with Cambridge Education.
The programme comprises two parts: the education voice and accountability and the education innovation fund. While the former will support research and advocacy initiatives to foster accountability and transparency in the education sector, the latter will provide “seed money” for creative projects to improve access and quality in education.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012.