Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education – PAGE is an initiative that was launched by the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists on the sidelines of 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE. Its inaugural meeting was held in Doha, Qatar and attended by Federal Minister Education, KPK Minister Education, Chair Higher Education Commission and representatives of Citizens Foundation and other Civil Society organisations.
As a developing country, Pakistan faces many challenges which must be addressed in order for us to prepare global citizens and compete in the global market. While we are pressed with a number of issues, education and sustainable economic opportunities remain a key concern that still requires major intellectual 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 and economic development opportunities because of the physical, cultural and religious barriers they face. Therefore, we focus on advocacy and 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 organisation working towards creating an enabling environment that ensures gender equity in quality education, employment opportunities and entrepreneurship. 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:
- Capacity Building
- Fund raising
PAGE aims to create a reality of gender equality, one where more women are increasingly entering the education system, one where women are earning more qualifications, one where more women are entering the job market and setting up their own businesses, one where women are participating equally in decision making and one where women are acquiring leadership roles by improving coordination among the relevant departments, elected representatives, donors, civil society organizations and communities (including parents).