Sensitization on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Peace and Social Cohesion in Khyber PakhtunKhwa & FATA

Peshawar - 18 March 2014: UNESCO in collaboration with the South Asian Center for International and Regional Studies (SACIRS) along with THAAP undertook a 6-Day's Teachers' Training and sensitization programme.
UNESCO, in supporting refugee affected hosting areas (RAHA) communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA with education services, also developed training and advocacy materials comprising of a brochure, resource booklet, a teachers manual on ESD and peace & social cohesion, and disseminated them among the teachers and schools of RAHA communities. Read more...
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UNESCO lauds effort for achieving MDGs

Islamabad - 29 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim appreciated Pakistan efforts towards achieving Millennium Development Goals. He was addressing on the occasion of the regional launch event of
the 11th Education for All Global Monitoring Report this year, Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, held in Islamabad. The event was attended by ministers and officials of the government of Pakistan, Afghanistan and other delegates and teachers from India, Bangladesh and representatives of the United Nations in Pakistan, civil society organizations, media and representatives of UNESCO.
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UNESCO support mainstreaming of girls' access to education in RAHA community

Islamabad - 29 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim emphasized the need for quality education to the students with improved educational facilities through well trained teachers. He expressed
these remarks on the occasion of Gender and Education Forum in Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) community organized by UNESCO Islamabad. The event was attended by representatives of UNESCO, UNHCR, UNDP, Embassy of Japan, civil society organizations and youth and women besides officials of the government.
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UNESCO support education and appreciate efforts for preservation of Gandharan culture

Islamabad - 30 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim on a one day tour reached Peshawar and attended various events. He expressed UNESCO support for the skills development programme
and barrier free access to learners with disabilities in non formal sector for youths residing in and around the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA II) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. He appreciated the rich Gandhars culture which is well preserved by the Department of Culture, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his visit to Peshawar Museum.
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National Conference on Teachers' Accreditation & Certification

Islamabad, 19 November 2013: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) organized a two-day National Conference on Teachers
Accreditation and Certification at the Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad.
The conference was organized to bring together stakeholders for the adoption of a uniform and harmonized strategy on teacher accreditation, certification, licensing and registration at the national, provincial and area level. The conference was the follow-up of the recommendations of the Inter Provincial Forum on Teachers Accreditation organized by both agencies in October 2011. Read more...
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"Innovating for Girls' Education" - the International Day of the Girl Child observed in Pakistan

Islamabad, 11 October 2013: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children's Fund - (UNICEF) jointly hosted the Education Expo event in Islamabad.
The call this year "Innovating for Girls Education" on the International Day of the Girl Child recognizes girl's rights and the unique challenges they face around the world. Read more...
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World Teachers Day, 5 October 2013

World Teachers' Day was held on 5 October to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. It also commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 signature of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. The 2013 events had focused on the theme "A Call for Teachers".

On the occasion of World Teacher's day, UNESCO urged the government and society to stand and support teachers for their continuous development,
professional competencies and lifelong learning, bringing social, economic and intellectual development to the nation.

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National Seminar on Right to Education, Article 25-A

Islamabad, 3 September 2013: Pakistan has committed to achieve Six Education For All Goals envisaged in the Dakar Framework of Action, unanimously resolved by 166 counties and international community during April 2000. Provision
of free and compulsory primary education to all children is one of the six goals of Education For All. Commitment of Pakistan towards Education For All has been reflected and reaffirmed in all its policy documents, including National Education Policy of 2009.

During April 2010, through 18th Amendment to the Constitution, the Parliament of Pakistan recognized access of all children of age 5 to 16 years to free and compulsory education as their Fundamental Right. A new Article titled "Right to Education (Article 25-A)" has now been inserted in the first Chapter of the Constitution which enlists fundamental rights of all citizens of Pakistan. Read more...

International Literacy Day, 8 September 2013

UNESCO Islamabad is observing International Literacy Day in Pakistan. Current year's theme for ILD is "Literacies for the 21st Century". Like every year, UNESCO Islamabad is supporting various organizations including Federal and Provincial Governments (Departments of Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education), and NGOs working for promotion of Literacy and NFBE in the provinces. Some 15-20 events are being organized by the stakeholders all over the country with UNESCO's support.
The events include advocacy campaigns, literacy walks, seminars, speeches and arts competitions, and seminars with the teachers' associations. About 10 events are being organized in the rural communities in order to mobilize the communities to send their young children (boys and girls) to schools.
 UN Secretary General Message on International Literacy Day
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Launching of Audio-Visual Material on Early Childhood Education

Islamabad - 22 July 2013: UNESCO Islamabad launched Audio-Visual Material on Early Childhood Education. The material consists of 20 Instructional Videos on the themes selected from the National Curriculum for ECE, 2007.
These 20 videos are being used for the UNESCO's flagship pilot project with Ministry of Capital Administration and Development, Islamabad, entitled: "Capacity-Building of Rural Female ECE Teachers through Mobile Technologies". Read more...
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Endorsement of FATA School Safety Action Plan

One day consultative workshop on "Endorsement of FATA School Safety Action Plan" was organized by UNESCO in collaboration with FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), over 45 participants including FDMA,
Directorate of Education FATA, Works and services department FATA, representatives from FATA line departments, academia, Representatives from UN agencies, civil society organizations actively participated in the event

Director General FDMA Mr. Arshad Khan and Director Education FATA Mr. Rooz Wali Khattak graced the event as chief guests. While giving opening remarks Mr. Muhammad Haseeb (Assistant Director training and capacity building FDMA) thanked UNESCO for initiating much needed school safety action plan for FATA, he also explained role of FDMA in promoting concepts of Disaster Risk Reduction. Read more...

UNESCO supports Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) Islamabad for National Plan of Action on MDG Acceleration Framework (2013-15)

Islamabad - On 13-14 June 2013, a meeting of the core group was held in "Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM)", Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Dr. Imranullah Khan, Deputy Secretary, to review and discuss the draft National Plan of Action (NPA) on MDG Acceleration Framework (MFA). A presentation for the briefing of the Minister has been prepared by the UNESCO Consultant from AEPAM and it was reviewed by the members of the Core Group for its improvement. On behalf of UNESCO, Mr. Arshad Saeed Khan, Senior National Specialist, UNESCO, Islamabad and other members of the group provided valuable inputs for improvement of the NPA on MFA as well as on the Presentation. Read more...

Observance of Education for All Week 2013: "Every Child needs a Teacher"

As the world marks "Education for All Week", United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) urged policy makers to recognize the growing demand of trained teachers in order to provide quality education to all children in Pakistan. A 'Public Forum on Right to Education and Role of a Teacher' was organized on 25th April 2013 in Islamabad jointly by UNESCO and UNICEF to observe Education For All (EFA) Week 2013. Read more...
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UNESCO Takes Right to Free and Compulsory Education to Sindh

Karachi: UNESCO in collaboration with Education and Literacy Department organized the seminar to celebrate the successful passage of Sindh Provincial Bill on Right to Free and Compulsory Education which was passed by Sindh

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Assembly on 13th February. UNESCO engaged a large number of stakeholders in the discussion forum to share ideas and challenges ahead in the implementation of Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill. Read more...

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Free Education: A solution for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

In a Parliamentarians Forum, supported by UNESCO in Peshawar, senior leadership of Khyber Pakthunkhwa province was sensitized about the benefits of enforcing Right to Education. This Forum was organized by the Peshawar

University. Teachers Association (PUTA) in collaboration with UNESCO on 27th February 2013 in Peshawar. Provincial Ministers and Secretary Education reaffirmed their commitment to pass legislation in the provincial assembly for enforcement of Article 25-A of the Constitution, on priority basis.

Representatives of political parties, university professors, and NGOs appreciated the initiative taken by UNESCO and pledged to mobilize support for achievement of Education For All goals in the province.

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All Provinces Pledge Enactment of Provincial Legislation on Right to Education

To consolidate commitment and technical expertise of provincial education departments and Ministries, UNESCO organized Inter-provincial Forum on Right to Education in Islamabad on 28th November 2012 in collaboration with UNICEF. The
meeting provided a coordination window for provincial stakeholders to reaffirm their commitment for enforcement of Article 25-A in their areas through enacting provincial bills in provincial assemblies. Read more...
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