Launch of Annual Status of Education Provincial Report 2012 issued by South Asia Forum for Education Development in Sindh

Launch of Annual Status of Education Provincial Report 2012 issued by South Asia Forum for Education Development in Sindh


Karachi, February 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): Regional Launch of Annual Status of Education Provincial Report (ASER) 2012 issued by South Asia Forum for Education Development (SAFED), Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA, Foundation Open Society Institute, Department for International Development, British Council, National Commission for Human Development, Sindh Education Foundation, Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) and Oxfam/Novib.

For the provincial launch of the ASER Pakistan – 2012 in Sindh and to share the findings of the survey with those concerned, a dialogue was arranged at a local hotel.

The launch of ASER was held by the South Asia Forum For Education Development (SAFED) managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) along with other partner NGOs. This was the third Sindh launch of ASER in Pakistan and the report was the most comprehensive one yet.

The national survey of education undertaken by over 9,000 youth volunteers covered 252,000 children aged 3-16 across 136 rural and 6 urban districts of Pakistan. Specifically in Sindh, all 23 Districts and 2 Urban Cities were also surveyed.

Fazal Ullah Pechoho, Secretary Education, presided as the Chief Guest at the event.

The Secretary Education, Fazal Ullah Pechoho said that the issue to focus on was the management of teachers. He stated that it was the Government’s responsibility to make sure that we have enough teachers to teach the children. He said that the Government was in the process of using technology to help reduce the issue of teacher absenteeism.

To discuss the findings and results of the 2012 report in detail, esteemed panelists such as Prof. Anita Ghulam Ali (MD, SEF), Mr. Tanveer Ahmed (CEO, HANDS), Mr. Kaiser Bengali (Economist), Ms. Baela Raza Jamil (Director Programs, ITA), Dr. Haris Gazdar (Senior Researcher, Collective for Social Science Research), Mr. Javed Jabbar (Chairman, JJ media), Ms. Zubeida Mustafa (Senior Journalist) and Dr. Sajid Ali (Assistant Professor, Institute for Educational Development) were invited to the forum.

Prof. Anita Ghulam Ali hoped that the ASER report has a positive effect on the future of education by providing vital information to those in decision making positions. She stated that the report did not cover up anything and showed harsh realities that we needed to face.

Baela Raza Jamil stated that it was heartening to see ASER carry momentum on a global scale as well as in Pakistan. She said that the report was a completely citizen led initiative and it showed the power of citizens. Baela said that the ASER report served to hold a mirror to the Government in regards to its progress in the field of education.

Zubieda Mustafa said that it was important to find out why despite greater government funding, the state of education has still not been seen to improve in the country. She also talked about the issue of the language in education stating that the option of teaching in our national language should be explored.

Kaiser Bengali stated that it was very difficult to monitor the state of education in the country and instead focus should be given on motivating the people to work towards their own betterment. He said that it is essential that results of the report be shared with those at the decision making level to be effective.

Harris Gazdar said that ASER has been a pioneering survey in the field of education in Pakistan. He stated we should look at other countries who have initiated education for all systems to learn how the same can be done in Pakistan. He said that we need to be unified politically to ensure further progress in education.

Dr. Sajid Ali said that what was alarming was not where we are educationally but where we are heading. He said that the education of parents was very important and also the education level of out of school persons should be kept in mind. He said that even people who have not had formal schooling end up learning functional literacy required for daily survival.

Tanveer Ahmed stated that he greatly appreciated the work and commitment undertaken to compile the nation-wide report and it was a excellent source of information. He said that the participation of the civil society was essential and can really aid the cause of education.

Since 2008/9, Pakistan through its civil society and expert led groups has been undertaking a rural household based learning survey, called the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). ASER 2012 is said to be a testimony to civil society’s commitment to evidence-based planning and collaborative action with the government. ASER 2012 assists governments, private sector and other research/think tanks with vital information regarding 3-16 years old children and learning outcomes for 5-16 years, the precise age group stipulated under Article 25- A for extending education as a fundamental constitutional right.

Over 150 people which included major stakeholders belonging to the field of academics, practitioners working in the field of education and representatives from the Government and media personnel attended the event.

A question session answer was held between the experts and the attendees at the end of the session.

For more information, contact:
Sadaf Junaid Zuberi
Senior Manager
Sindh Education Foundation
Plot 9, Block 7, Kehkashan Clifton 5,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +9221 111-424-111 Ext 220
Ph: (9221) 111-424-111,
Fax: (9221) 99251652, 99251671


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