Advocacy Walk: May 06, 2014
The NGO World Foundation team Islamabad participated the walk “Education For All (EFA)” campaign at sports complex Islamabad arranged by UNESCO Pakistan. Thousands of participants including government departments, UN agencies, students, civil society, press, media, we holding banners & play cards with slogans of education.
Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Country Director, UNESCO Pakistan and Muhammad Tahir Rafiq (“Joint Secretary (Education) at Ministry Of Capital Administration and Development Islamabad) lead the walk and delivered their speeches.
National Forum: May 07, 2014
The NGO World on invitation by UNESCO participated A National Forum on Education for All (EFA) managed at Crystal Ball Room, Marriott Hotel Islamabad by UNESCO and UNICEF
Following speakers delivered their speeches and participated in panel discussion;
- Ahsan Raza, Secretary Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education
- Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director, UNESCO Islamabad
- Mr. Dan Rohrmann, Representative UNICEF
- Mr. Ahmed Ali, Institute of Social and Policy Science (I-SAPS). Presentation on Education Sector Financing by (I-SAPS)
- Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik, Additional Secretary Education and DG National Education Foundation Pakistan
- From The NGO World, Mr. Zafar Iqbal (Executive Director) shared his views relevant to the topic.
The national forum focused on interactive discussions on the required legislation and implementation under Article 25-A, increase in fiscal space, quality enhancement and developing a thorough monitoring system for education sector in Pakistan. Speaking in her welcome remarks, Dr Kozue Kay Nagata, Director UNESCO Islamabad emphasized the realization of education for all particularly for persons with disabilities in Pakistan. She said that an estimated 1.4 million persons with disabilities in Pakistan were the children of school going age, most of whom do not have access to either inclusive or special schools due to limited capacity in existing facilities. UNICEF Education Specialist, John Ekaju said that EFA was a critical priority and government commitment for increasing the education budget allocation would further improve the education for all including the disable children.