A group of the leading organizations playing a catalytic role in improving educational standards in the country have collaborated to form Pakistan Action Consortium for Education (PACE) to combine their efforts for accelerating National Progress on Education 2030 Agenda.
The Consortium comprising Teach The World Foundation, Harvard Club of Pakistan, Knowledge Platform, Junior Jinnah Trust and Alight Pakistan will also invite other actors in the field of education to jointly work for the national cause, which will also help the government achieve of sustainable development goal (SDG-4), which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The Consortium will seek to add as many other relevant players as possible to ensure the formation of a robust national coalition, which will seek solutions to country’s key educational issues.
“The prevailing situation calls for multi-pronged initiatives to save the future of our next generations,” said PACE Co-founder & Chair Shafiq Khan, adding that PACE is determined to create a powerful national movement to drastically change the educational landscape in Pakistan by mobilizing all the relevant stakeholders including government, businesses, donors, philanthropists, nonprofits and education providers.
PACE President Dr. Ali Imtiaz said that initial conversations with the key stakeholders have been very promising, and our objective is to address Pakistan’s grave educational crisis while working in unison with the Federal and provincial governments.
It is pertinent to mention that more than 262 million children and youth are out of school. Six out of ten are not acquiring basic literacy and numeracy after several years in school. 750 million adults are illiterate, fueling poverty and marginalization. While governments hold the main responsibility for ensuring the right to quality education, the 2030 Agenda is a universal and collective commitment. Pakistan is ranked 134th on the Global SDG Index, falling behind all the other nations in South Asia.