Published Date: Mar 13, 2012
SEMINAR ON ?RIGHT TO EDUCATION & SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY? TODAY
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) will organize seminar on “Right to education and social accountability” here on Monday.
Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education Pakistan, Harris Khalique, writer, Rafeel Wasif, Research Associate, Idara Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA) and Fayyaz Yaseen, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)would be the penalists.
Recently, Pakistan included Right to Education (RTE) in constitution through Article 25-A of the 18th amendment. The mere amendment to the constitution is just the first step and it is now imperative to make efforts for making an Act for the provision of this right and simultaneously work towards its implementation.
Experiences from South Asian countries suggest that increased participation of people can push the governments in setting their priorities right and improving the quality of public services delivery. This concept, formally known as Social Accountability , can be useful in attaining true implementation of right to education and provision of quality education as well as ensuring access to education regardless of gender and rural-urban gaps in Pakistan.
This seminar would feature a talk on social accountability in education, where one speaker would share results of the Citizen Report Cards (CRCs), carried out by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in two of the slums in Islamabad (Alipur Farash and Hansa Colony). The findings of the CRC survey highlight some crucial gaps that need immediate intervention. A brief presentation on this project along with the role of Social Accountability to overcome mal governance and to improve the quality of service delivery, particularly education, will be presented.
Another speaker will share the highlights of Annual Status of Education Report 2011 , focusing on aspects of inequality, quality and exclusions in education sector and conclusive arguments that shall eventually translate into affirmative action for 25 A- something that our nation and our children desperately need.
The speaker would talk on reasons children s being out of school, low enrolment in early childhood education, shockingly low learning levels and why girls lagging behind boys in enrolment and learning levels in Pakistan.
ASER 2011 is an education household based predominantly rural survey with data collected form 85 districts across Pakistan and almost 150,000 children giving a holistic picture of the state of education in Pakistan in terms of enrolment, learning levels, attendance, school facilities and so forth, and that too with respect to gender, geography and age.