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Inter-Provincial Forum on Education

UNESCO convened a two-day Inter-provincial Forum on Teachers Accreditation from 10-11 October 2011 in Islamabad. Senior officials from the Federal and Provincial Governments, Higher Education Commission (HEC), NACTE, scholars from
universities, and representatives of international organizations like GIZ, CIDA, and USAID-Pre-STEP Project attended this important meeting.

The Forum was organized to discuss new roles and responsibilities of federal and provincial bodies in teacher accreditation in the context of 18th Constitutional Amendment. During 2006-2010, UNESCO, USAID, and National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) have jointly supported the spade work for standardization and accreditation of teacher education in Pakistan, under STEP (Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan) Project. UNESCO realizes that the process of quality assurance mechanism in teacher education, initiated earlier, needs to be continued for its replication and institutionalization. Through this meeting, UNESCO offered all stakeholders a platform to discuss various modalities of collaboration and partnership for teachers accreditation.

The participants from the provinces and Federal Government evolved a number of recommendations to push forward accreditation of teacher education programmes and certification and licensing of teachers in the country. The role of NACTE to set national standards and undertake accreditation of teacher education programmes was agreed upon. It was also agreed upon that provinces have a role in certification and licensing of teachers. The Forum emphasized partnership between Federal and Provincial Governments to institute and support quality assurance mechanisms. All stakeholders strongly recommended that UNESCO should extend technical assistance for capacity building, advocacy, and facilitate coordination among different actors and service providers of teacher education in Pakistan.

UNESCO plans to continue organizing such forums to facilitate coordination and collaboration among stakeholders and to support quality assurance mechanisms for teacher education in Pakistan.