STORY 30 - 18 MARCH 2014 - DAWN SPELLING BEE - MAKING LEARNING FUN

While individuals and organisations across the country are working hard to educate our children, some organisations want to make sure that the children who are in school are able to make the best of their school careers.

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STORY 29 - 15 MARCH 2014 - HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION - PAVING THE WAY FOR EXCELLENCE

Revitalising an institution that has suffered neglect for more than half a century is no small task. Like many of the country’s oldest institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC), established in 1947, was in desperate need of an overhaul.

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STORY 28 - 14 MARCH 2014 - FAMILY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOUNDATION: FINDING NEW WAYS TO SOLVE AN OLD PROBLEM

There are 25 million Pakistani children out of school, mostly as a result of poverty and issues of access and opportunity. But some young people are deprived of schooling not because their families are too poor or living in remote areas but simply because the support they require is not available.

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STORY 27 - 13 MARCH 2014 - PAKISTAN COALITION FOR EDUCATION - CREATING THE POLITICAL WILL FOR EDUCATION REFORM

Pakistanis care deeply about education. Rich or poor, educated or unlettered, city dweller or resident of a rural area, no Pakistani will tell you education does not matter. And yet, 67 years into our journey as an independent nation, nearly half of our children receive no education and the majority of those who are in school are not learning enough. How can this happen?

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STORY 26 - 12 MARCH 2014 - ADAM FOUNDATION: REBUILDING LIVES IN DISASTER-STRUCK AREAS

When natural disasters strike, millions of ordinary Pakistanis donate time and money to assist with relief efforts. But public interest begins to wane soon thereafter and affected communities often find no long-term support to revive the local economy and rebuild infrastructure. The situation after the devastating floods of 2010 was no different.

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STORY 25 - 11 MARCH 2014 - LITERATE PAKISTAN: MAKING LEARNING ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL

While 25 million Pakistani children are not in school, those who are in school are not learning enough. Nearly half of all children who complete five years of schooling cannot read a simple story in Urdu meant for Class 2 students. For the millions of families who struggle to put their children through school, this brings into question the very purpose of education.

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STORY 24 - 10 MARCH 2014 – THE GARAGE SCHOOL: MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Shabina Mustafa is no stranger to adversity. Widowed at the age of 21 and unable to provide for her child on a meagre government pension, she found a job and worked hard to give her child a good start in life. But if that were the end of her story, Mustafa would be no different from the thousands of single mothers who struggle to support their families. What makes Mustafa unique is that despite her personal misfortune she did not lose the desire to help those less fortunate than herself.

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STORY 23 - 07 MARCH 2014 - KHWARIZMI SCIENCE SOCIETY: - CREATING A CULTURE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY

The challenge of achieving universal enrolment is daunting enough for a country with nearly half its children out of school. Meanwhile questions of quality need to be addressed urgently so that children who are in school can make the most of their school careers. For teachers, education managers and policy makers alike, the focus is understandably on improving learning outcomes in reading and mathematics. But some want to go further, to create a generation of scientists, innovators and thinkers.

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STORY 22 - 06 MARCH 2014 - MUHAMMAD ANSAR KAMAL - TACKLING PUNJAB'S EDUCATION CRISIS ONE DISTRICT AT A TIME

The solution to the national education crisis calls for wide-ranging structural and systemic reform, a process that requires time, commitment and consensus. Meanwhile millions of children receive no schooling and millions more receive an education of poor quality. But there is hope. Instead of waiting for the government to take action, organisations, communities and individuals across the country are finding local-level solutions. And in some cases government officials are part of this movement to bring better schooling to the children of Pakistan.

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STORY 21 - 05 MARCH 2014 - M.H. SUFI FOUNDATION: - BUILDING A MODEL DISTRICT

The idea of building a model district for quality education may seem like a pipedream in a country where 25 million children are not in school. But the district of Hafizabad in the Punjab is well on its way to making this a reality.

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