Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education – PAGE was launched on the sidelines of the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education. Its inaugural meeting was held in Doha, Qatar and attended by Federal Minister of Education, KPK Minister of Education, Chair of the Higher Education Commission and representatives of Citizens Foundation and other civil society organizations.
As a developing country Pakistan faces many challenges which must be addressed in order for the country to prepare global citizens and compete in the global market. While we are pressed with a number of issues, education remains a key issue that still requires major intellectual and financial investment. Despite many commitments by the Federal and provincial governments, Pakistan has the 2nd highest number of out of school children.
Girls are particularly challenged in accessing educational opportunities because of the physical, cultural, religious and financial barriers they face. Therefore, we have focused on creating innovative solutions to help the most marginalized and deprived overcome these barriers. We believe that both on-the- ground work to reach out and engage communities and policy-level strategic work are critical to bring about true change.
PAGE is a strategic organization working towards creating an enabling environment that ensures gender equity in quality education. PAGE acts as a platform for stakeholders, donors, policy makers and practitioners to come together and address the gender gap in education in Pakistan and to create solutions to overcome the broader challenges the education sector is facing.
PAGE aspires to act as a coordinating and facilitating body between Pakistani and international organizations to achieve efficient:
PAGE aims to create a reality of gender equality… one where more women are entering the education system… one where women are earning more qualifications… one where women are participating equally in decision making… and one where women are acquiring leadership roles by building more schools, training more teachers, and improving coordination among relevant departments, elected representatives, donors, civil society organizations and communities (including parents).
VISION – To transform the environment of girls’ education in Pakistan by bringing cultural and policy reforms through an ecosystem that can offer a world class education system that adapts to ever changing global skills needs, and builds respect, dignity and positive future perspectives for girls in Pakistan. We will be the catalysts for systematic innovations to help girls’ education meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
OBJECTIVES – Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) is a platform for decision makers, education experts, practitioners, and patrons to align their synergies towards bridging the gender gap in education and literacy. PAGE aims to bring together government officials, representatives of international and national organizations and agencies, as well as public and private sector participants on a single platform working together towards the achievement of education for all, especially girls in Pakistan. PAGE will provide a forum where all relevant stakeholders sit together to cope with the following challenges:
- To realize and practically implement Article 25-A “Right to Education” of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
- To bridge the gender gap in education,
- To promote gender equity in education through specially-designed need-based education models to achieve EFA/SDG’s in shorter duration
- Provide innovation to future female leaders
- To promote equality in education with special focus on helping girls transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty
- Struggle for enrollment and retention in education