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UNESCO Pakistan launches the 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring Report

UNESCO Islamabad, in collaboration with I-SAPS (Institute of Social and Policy Sciences) launched the GEM Report 2017/8 - "Accountability in education: meeting our commitments". The national launching ceremony held on 16 November 2017 which was followed by the global launch on 24 Oct 2017 in Mozambique. Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan and Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training officially launched the report. Read more...
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UN Day celebration at Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi 24 October 2017: A group of female ambassadors, heads of cooperation agencies and heads of UN agencies working in Pakistan joined hands with Fatima Jinnah Women University to mark the UN day. More than 100 students from different departments of the university got a chance to interact with the speakers in small groups, listen to their career experiences, ask questions and be inspired. Students from each group reiterated challenges are everywhere, but women can do whatever they want to do, they need commitment and strong will to continue towards their goal and importantly women need to support each other to overcome shared challenges and move forward. Read more...

Truck Art - An Instrument of Advocacy

Pakistani "truck art" has become a global phenomenon, inspiring gallery exhibitions abroad and prompting art and craft vendors to sell flamboyant miniature pieces. For the truck drivers, the designs that turn decades-old vehicles into moving murals are often about local pride. Picking the right color or animal portrait is tougher than the countless hours spent on the road. One of the truck artist in Rawalpindi said, "The people of Malakand, South Waziristan and Kashmir region like portraits of mountains and different wild animals like eagle and lion and they are in a big demand". Read more...

UNESCO and partners celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information

Islamabad, 28 September 2017: Democratic rights, freedom of expression, and the right of access to information: these were some of the key cross-cutting issues discussed during the International Day for
Universal Access to Information. With participation from various stakeholders, the event employed a holistic approach to further the debate on access to information between government officials, civil society members, students, journalists, and members of the international community. Several matters of concern were addressed and key recommendations proposed. Read more...

UNESCO holds Workshop in Kalash Valley to link local crafts women with markets

Chitral, 23 September 2017: UNESCO held a workshop in Chitral, titled "Crafty Creations: Linkages to Empower Kalasha Women". This workshop concluded the Australian-funded project, "Socio Economic Empowerment of Kalash Women through
Making of Traditional Products using Contemporary Approach".

Kalasha women were traditionally in possession of numerous craft skills, not the least of which include weaving and embroidery skills-that their colorful dresses are an example of. In recent years, the quantity and quality of craft work has been deteriorating, due to poverty constraints, as well as lack of access to markets. Read more...

100,000 out of school children in Pakistan the target of UNESCO-Education Above All Foundation initiative

Islamabad, 21 September 2017: The Education Above All Foundation (EAA), through its programme Educate A Child (EAC), and UNESCO have partnered on a programme to benefit 100,000 out-of-school children in Pakistan.

Through our partnership with EAA Foundation, the project will support the expansion of UNESCO's on-going cooperation with the Government of Pakistan on girlss education and focus on 14 remote districts with low primary school enrolment rates. Through advocacy and school improvement interventions, the project will work closely with parents, teachers and communities to enrol children, prevent dropout and improve learning. Read more...

UNESCO signed an agreement with Italian Government to support girls' right to education and safeguarding of cultural heritage through education in Pakistan

Islamabad, Thursday 7 September 2017: UNESCO Islamabad and the Government of Italy signed an agreement of approximately USD 1.7 million for a two-year project titled "Support to girls' right to education and safeguarding cultural heritage through education in Pakistan". H.E Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador to Pakistan and Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Director/ Representative signed the agreement in the presence of Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and Syed Junaid Akhlaq, the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage. Senior government officials, UN Officials and media representatives also marked the ceremony with their presence. Read more...
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UNESCO celebrates WPFD 2017 in Peshawar

Peshawar: In just over one hour, 70 participants drafted key recommendations stemming from dynamic roundtable discussions during the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day 2017 held at the University of Peshawar.
On 3 May, students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Peshawar had the opportunity to share ideas and exchange information with senior journalists, media experts, and international stakeholders on topics that are relevant for enabling freedom of expression in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and the rest of Pakistan. Read more...

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