The Government of Pakistan has made commitment to the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) to achieve the Education for All (EFA) and United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) goals. Life is an initiative to facilitate and contribute towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the EFA goals specifically goal 3 (ensuring the learning needs of all young people and adults), 4 (a 50 percent improvement in levels of adult literacy), and 5 (achieving gender equality in education).
The first LIFE regional planning meeting took place in Islamabad (Pakistan) on 20-22 March 2006 with the aim to launch the LIFE initiatives. Participating countries were assisted to develop the overall framework for conducting literacy needs assessments, prepare outlines of plans for LIFE implementation at the national level and to build an effective support mechanism at national, regional and global levels for LIFE implementation. In Pakistan, the Ministry of Education formed a Core Group including representatives of both the public and private organizations of all the four provinces and areas. The second LIFE regional meeting of the nine Asia & Pacific countries took place on 21-24 January, 2008 in Dhaka (Bangladesh). Countries provided status updates and shared their experiences. The Ministry of Education with support from provincial literacy organizations produced a Draft National LIFE Report (2008).