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58% govt schools in Baluchistan operate with only one teacher: ILM-O-AGAHI

Publication:  One Pakistan News
Date:  June 27, 2014
Web Address:
 http://pakistan.onepakistan.com.pk/news/city/quetta/312081-58-govt-schools-in-baluchistan-operate-with-only-one-teacher-ilm-o-agahi.html

QUETTA : The post 18th amendment devolution made education a provincial subject. Forcing provinces to take charge and be responsible to improve the state of education for their citizens. However, the capacity to deliver still lags behind as compared to the current situation and challenges.

?The need to restructure and build capacity of provincial education departments is at alarming situation. Baluchistan is the most neglected province on education, it continues to deteriorate not only in terms of physical infrastructure but also human capital as well?, this was the consensus at editors? round table meeting organized by ILM-O-AGAHI today. A number of senior journalists, bureau-chiefs and editors from leading national and regional newspapers, radio broadcasters and television channels participated in the roundtable.

The round table was organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas. Earlier in the day a training workshop on education journalism was also organized and attended by more than 30 journalists reporting on education from various news organizations.

Addressing the participants, Mubashir Zaidi, senior journalist and the lead trainer for the education journalism workshop said, doing good journalism stories are crucial but both journalists and policy makers should start using data on education to improve the state of education in Baluchistan. Journalists identify community?s needs and can play a key role in setting the priorities of governments.

While sharing his views, ILM-o-AGAHI program manager, Asif Farooqui said, the Pakistani media lacks a framework to appreciate quality journalism on education, he further briefed that this year the AGAHI Awards will have special categories on education.

According to Alif Ailaan?s Pakistan District Education Rankings 2014, Baluchistan ranks lowest in education ranking among provinces and territories. There is an alarming situation of shortage of teachers in the province. 58% of the total government primary schools operate with only one teacher. The report also reveals that 62% girls between the ages 5-16 years are out of school in Baluchistan.

The objective of ILM-O-AGAHI initiative is to improve accountability and media coverage of priority education issues and build consensus on education policies by engaging various stakeholders, including media and policy makers.

Through the ILM-O-AGAHI initiative, 18 education journalism workshops have been held across Pakistan in the last two months. In each workshop, more than 30 education reporters participated in daylong sessions. These workshops were aimed to engage the journalists reporting on education. The journalists participated in these workshops through interactive sessions, role playing exercises and peer review of their news content development skills.

Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Center for International Media Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks of the World Economic Forum. Mishal assists the forum in creating soft-data on Pakistan, identifying Pakistan?s competitiveness challenges including primary health & education and higher education.

Call to restructure Provincial Education Department

Publication: Daily Baluchistan Express   
Date:  June 27, 2014
Web Addres:
 http://www.balochistanexpressquetta.com/2014/06/26/call-to-restructure-provincial-education-department/
3QUETTA: Speakers at seminar on the current status of education in Balochistan said that the post 18th amendment devolution made education a provincial subject, forcing provinces to take charge and be responsible to improve the state of education for their populace.

“However, the capacity to deliver still lags behind as compared to the current situation and challenges,” this was the consensus at editors’ and reporters during a round table meeting organized by ILM-O-AGAHI here in the provincial capital on Thursday.

“The need to restructure and build capacity of provincial Education Departments is badly felt. Baluchistan is the most neglected province in terms of education and the situation still further continues to deteriorate not only in terms of physical infrastructure but also in human capital as well”, said the speakers during the discussion which was attended by a number of senior journalists, bureau-chiefs and editors from leading national and regional newspapers, radio broadcasters and television channels also participated in the roundtable.

The round table was organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas. Earlier in the day a training workshop on education journalism was also organized and attended by more than 30 journalists reporting on education from various news organizations.

Addressing the participants, Mubashir Zaidi, senior journalist and the lead trainer for the education journalism workshop said that quality stories are crucial in journalism but both journalists and policy makers should start using data on education to improve the state of education in Baluchistan. “Journalists identify community’s needs and can play a key role in setting the priorities of governments,” he added.

While sharing his views, ILM-o-AGAHI program manager, Asif Farooqui said the Pakistani media lacks a framework to appreciate quality journalism on education, adding that that this year the AGAHI Awards will have special categories on education.

“According to Alif Ailaan’s Pakistan District Education Rankings 2014, Baluchistan ranks lowest in education ranking among provinces and territories. There is an alarming situation of shortage of teachers in the province. 58% of the total government primary schools operate with only one teacher. The report also reveals that 62% girls between the ages 5-16 years are out of school in Baluchistan,” he said.

He said that the objective of ILM-O-AGAHI initiative is to improve accountability and media coverage of priority education issues and build consensus on education policies by engaging various stakeholders, including media and policy makers.

“Through the ILM-O-AGAHI initiative, 18 education journalism workshops have been held across Pakistan in the last two months. In each workshop, more than 30 education reporters participated in daylong sessions. These workshops were aimed to engage the journalists reporting on education. The journalists participated in these workshops through interactive sessions, role playing exercises and peer review of their news content development skills,” he said.

Underlining the objectives of Mishal, Asif Farooqui said that Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Center for International Media Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks of the World Economic Forum. Mishal assists the forum in creating soft-data on Pakistan, identifying Pakistan’s competitiveness challenges including primary health & education and higher education.

62% girls in Baluchistan are out of School

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58% government schools in Baluchistan operate with only one teacher: ILM-O-AGAHI

Quetta, PK – 26 June 2014 –“The post 18th amendment devolution made education a provincial subject. Forcing provinces to take charge and be responsible to improve the state of education for their citizens. However, the capacity to deliver still lags behind as compared to the current situation and challenges.

“The need to restructure and build capacity of provincial education departments is at alarming situation. Baluchistan is the most neglected province on education, it continues to deteriorate not only in terms of physical infrastructure but also human capital as well”, this was the consensus at editors’ round table meeting organized by ILM-O-AGAHI today. A number of senior journalists, bureau-chiefs and editors from leading national and regional newspapers, radio broadcasters and television channels participated in the roundtable.

The round table was organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas. Earlier in the day a training workshop on education 10440700_843331185678980_5275780005322840387_njournalism was also organized and attended by more than 30 journalists reporting on education from various news organizations.

Addressing the participants, Mubashir Zaidi, senior journalist and the lead trainer for the education journalism workshop said, doing good journalism stories are crucial but both journalists and policy makers should start using data on education to improve the state of education in Baluchistan. Journalists identify community’s needs and can play a key role in setting the priorities of governments.

While sharing his views, ILM-o-AGAHI program manager, Asif Farooqui said, the Pakistani media lacks a framework to appreciate quality journalism on education, he further briefed that this year the AGAHI Awards will have special categories on education.

According to Alif Ailaan’s Pakistan District Education Rankings 2014, Baluchistan ranks lowest in education ranking among provinces and territories. There is an alarming situation of shortage of teachers in the province. 58% of the total government primary schools operate with only one teacher. The report also reveals that 62% girls between the ages 5-16 years are out of school in Baluchistan.

The objective of ILM-O-AGAHI initiative is to improve accountability and media coverage of priority education issues and build consensus on education policies by engaging various stakeholders, including media and policy makers.

Through the ILM-O-AGAHI initiative, 18 education journalism workshops have been held across Pakistan in the last two months. In each workshop, more than 30 education reporters participated in daylong sessions. These workshops were aimed to engage the journalists reporting on education. The journalists participated in these workshops through interactive sessions, role playing exercises and peer review of their news content development skills.

Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Center for International Media Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks of the World Economic Forum. Mishal assists the forum in creating soft-data on Pakistan, identifying Pakistan’s competitiveness challenges including primary health & education and higher education.

For press release in Urdu Click Here
For more information please visit: www.ilmoagahi.org

Pakistan ranks 5th amongst countries that spent the least on Education. Strong political will needed to meet education challenges: ILMOAGAHI

Lahore – 23 June, 2014 – “Pakistan needed strong political will to
meet education challenges and rapidly deploy new resources to achieve
some quick wins. After the devolution of powers to provinces, one of
the alarming factor is that a substantial amount of allocated budget
on education is remained unspent. It was the consensus at editors’
round table meeting organized by ILMOAGAHI in Lahore today. A number
of senior journalist, editors and news directors from main stream
newspapers and leading TV channels participated in the meeting.
Meeting was organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm
Ideas. Earlier today a training workshop on education journalism was
also organized and attended by more than 25 education reporters from
various mainstream news organization.

According to Alif Aillan, currently Pakistan has the world’s second
highest number of out of school children at the primary level. Every
12th out of school child in the world is Pakistani.

President AGAHI, Puruesh Chaudhary, while sharing her views at this
occasion said that despite the government’s pre-election promise to
raise the share of education allocation to 4% of GDP, Pakistan still
spends a meagre 1.9% on education. Due to such low expenditure,
Pakistan ranks fifth amongst countries that spend the least on
education.

While sharing his views, senior journalist and lead trainer ILMOAGAHI
Mubashir Zaidi said Pakistani media lacks framework to appreciate
quality journalism on education and sources of doing good journalism
story are also crucial but both journalists and policy makers should
start using data on education to improve state of education in
Pakistan. “Teachers should encourage to research and interact with
media to discuss the education challenges in Pakistan” he added.

The objective of ILMOAGAHI initiative is to improve accountability and
media coverage of priority education issues and consensus building on
education policies by engaging media.
Through the ILM-o-AGAHI initiative, 18 education journalism workshops
were held across Pakistan during last two months for education
reporters to increase their capacity and improve the coverage on
education issues in media. In each workshop, more than 30 education
reporters participated where their capacity to report on identified
educational challenges enhanced and  improved understanding and skills
among journalists to capture community’s perspective and voice
including children’s voice.

Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Center for
International Media Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and
Benchmarking Networks of the World Economic Forum. Mishal assists the
forum in creating soft-data on Pakistan, identifying Pakistan’s
competitiveness challenges including primary health & education and
higher education.

For Press Release in Urdu Click Here

For more information please visit: www.ilmoagahi.org

Substantial spending for education urged

Publication: Pakistan Times
Web Address:
http://pktimes.4com.co/2014/06/10/substantial-spending-for-education-urged/

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Journalists have stressed the need for an increased budgetary allocation for education and renewed efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This was the consensus at an editors’ roundtable organised by Ilm-O-Agahi initiative of Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas on Monday, says a press release.

The speakers noted that according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14, the literacy rate is only 60 per cent, while the MDGs target to take it to 80 per cent by 2015.

“Pakistan is one of the countries that spend the least on education. All segments of society should join hands to highlight the issue and put pressure on the government as it is a matter of survival for our future generations,” the press release read.

A number of journalists, including newspaper editors and television news directors attended the meeting.

Earlier, a training workshop on education journalism was also organised. Over two dozen education reporters from various media houses attended the workshop.

Anchorperson Matiullah Jan said journalists covering education should focus more on field reporting. Reporting on education can drive readers’ interest only when it gives a complete picture, he stressed.

The ILM-o-AGAHI initiative aims to improve accountability and media coverage of education issues.

Substantial spending for education urged

Publication: Report Pakistan
Date:
June 10, 2014
Web Address: http://www.reportpk.com/substantial-spending-education-urged-27689/

MGD

Journalists have stressed the need for an increased budgetary allocation for education and renewed efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This was the consensus at an editors’ roundtable organised by Ilm-O-Agahi initiative of Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas on Monday, says a press release.

The speakers noted that according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14, the literacy rate is only 60 per cent, while the MDGs target to take it to 80 per cent by 2015.

“Pakistan is one of the countries that spend the least on education. All segments of society should join hands to highlight the issue and put pressure on the government as it is a matter of survival for our future generations,” the press release read.

A number of journalists, including newspaper editors and television news directors attended the meeting. Earlier, a training workshop on education journalism was also organised. Over two dozen education reporters from various media houses attended the workshop. Anchorperson Matiullah Jan said journalists covering education should focus more on field reporting. Reporting on education can drive readers’ interest only when it gives a complete picture, he stressed.

The ILM-o-AGAHI initiative aims to improve accountability and media coverage of education issues.

Substantial spending for education urged

 

Talent recognition Journalism awards next week

MGD

Journalists have stressed the need for an increased budgetary allocation for education and renewed efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This was the consensus at an editors’ roundtable organised by Ilm-O-Agahi initiative of Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas on Monday, says a press release.

The speakers noted that according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14, the literacy rate is only 60 per cent, while the MDGs target to take it to 80 per cent by 2015.

“Pakistan is one of the countries that spend the least on education. All segments of society should join hands to highlight the issue and put pressure on the government as it is a matter of survival for our future generations,” the press release read.

A number of journalists, including newspaper editors and television news directors attended the meeting.

Earlier, a training workshop on education journalism was also organised. Over two dozen education reporters from various media houses attended the workshop.

Anchorperson Matiullah Jan said journalists covering education should focus more on field reporting. Reporting on education can drive readers’ interest only when it gives a complete picture, he stressed.

The ILM-o-AGAHI initiative aims to improve accountability and media coverage of education issues.