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Govt asked to allocate more funds for education

Daily times

Date: June 10, 2014
Web Address: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2014/govt-asked-to-allocate-more-funds-for-education

ISLAMABAD: The government has been asked to allocate substantial amount and accelerate the pace of education at all levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets and improve the literacy rate in country.

According to the recent Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14 the literacy rate of the population 10 years and above is only 60%, while the Millennium Development Goals target is 80% literacy rate till 2015. Pakistan is one of those countries, who spend minimum percentage of GDP on education. All the segments of society should join hands to highlight the issues related education and put pressure on stake holders because it is a matter of survival for our future generations.” It was the consensus at editors’ round table meeting organized by ILMOAGAHI in Islamabad on Monday. A number of senior journalists, editors and news directors from mainstream 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. Senior journalist Matiullah Jan, while discussing about role of media, said that journalists covering education reporting should focus on more field reporting and unfortunately, education reporting is not given importance by the editors. Reporting on education can drive reader’s interest only when journalists report the complete picture.

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.

Need to accelerate the pace of Education at all levels to achieve MDGs targets.

Literacy rate of Pakistan is only 60% while Millennium Development Goals target is 80% till 2015.

Islamabad – 09 June, 2014 –“Government should allocate substantial amount and accelerate the pace of education at all levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets and improve the literacy rate in country. According to recent Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14 the literacy rate of the population 10 years and above is only 60% while the Millennium Development Goals target is 80% literacy rate till 2015. Pakistan is one of those countries who spends minimum percentage of GDP on education. All the segments of society should join hands to highlight the issues related education and put pressure on stake holders because it is a matter of survival for our future generations.” It was the consensus at editors’ round table meeting organized by ILMOAGAHI in Islamabad 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.

Senior journalist Matiullah Jan, while discussing about role of media, said that journalists covering education reporting should focus on more field reporting and unfortunately, education reporting is not given importance by the editors. Reporting on education can drive reader’s interest only when journalists report the complete picture.

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.

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For more information please visit: www.ilmoagahi.org

 

Serious commitment on policy level is imperative to transform education landscape in Sindh

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Editors emphasized on improved role of media to make education issues a priority – ILMOAGAHI

Karachi – 02 June, 2014 –“Sindh’s overall education performance is very poor and it is a challenge for policy makers to transform the education landscape in Sindh. According to Alif Ailaan Education ranking 2014 there is only one district of Sindh in top 50 districts. Pakistan is one of those countries who spends minimum percentage of GDP on education. Media and civil society should join hands to highlight the issues related education and put pressure on stake holders.” It was the consensus at editors’ round table meeting organized by ILMOAGAHI in Karachi 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.

“Media has assumed the role of a guide in daily life of every one and is used as an instrument of policy by the government” said Amir Zia.

President AGAHI Puruesh Chaudhary said that “education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development. No country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital. Media should perform its basic duty to educate the society that leads towards a prosperous and moderate Pakistan”.

20140602_172037 (3)Senior Journalists and lead trainer of ILMOAGAHI, Mobashir Zaidi said that “Education is one of the major challenge of 21st century for Pakistan and existence of its people. Without making education a foremost priority we can’t get economic stability and respect in the community of nations.”

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.

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For more information please visit: www.ilmoagahi.org

 

Speakers rue lack of media role in education

Publication: The Nation
Date:  May 9, 2014
Web Address:-   http://www.nation.com.pk/national/13-May-2014/speakers-rue-lack-of-media-role-in-education

BAHAWALPUR-Low enrollment rate, poor quality, lack of accountability and absence of discourse are the key problems being faced by the education sector of Pakistan and the same could not be solved without the active participation of all the segments of society especially the media, according to the consensus made at a workshop held on education and journalism here on Saturday.

“A survey report has revealed that 24 percent children between 5 16 years of age in Bahawalpur have no access to schools. The survey was launched by the Annual Status of Education Report. There is dire need for improving the accountability, media coverage of the educational issues and consensus on provincial-level educational policies by engaging the media, legislators and educationists,” the workshop participants said.

Bahawalpur Press Club President Shahid Akhtar while sharing his views about the major problems in the sector in Southern Punjab said that the most effective way to achieve development and long-term improvement in the health sector was to educate the females. “Through the powerful voice of media, journalists should carry out accountability of legislators, policy-makers and educationists for the betterment of the education sector,” he added.

Department of Media Studies at Islamia University of Bahawalpur Chairman Dr Ghulam Shabbir Baloch spoke on the role of media in the current state of education in Pakistan. He said that media was a key factor for the policy development. He said that Pakistan was faced with the emergency situation in the education sector but due coverage was not being given by the electronics and print media.

Journalist Mubashar Zaidi said that the education was one of the most neglected sectors by the media. “Most of the issues related to education and literacy are being reported in irrelevant context; this undermines and diminishes the importance of the educational, training and child development challenges,” he added.

24% Children in Bahawalpur have no access to schools. Dire need for improved accountability and media coverage of priority education issues: ILM-O-AGAHI Workshop

 

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Bahawalpur – 08 May, 2014 – There is dire need for improved accountability and media coverage of priority education issues and consensus building on provincial education policies by engaging media, legislators, educationists and the community.“Low enrollment rate, poor quality, lack of accountability and total absence of discourse are the key problems of education sector of Pakistan and can’t be solved without the active participation of all segments of society including media.” This was the consensus at the ILM-o-AGAHI education journalism workshop held in Bahawalpur today.

The ILM-o-AGAHI, one day workshop was organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas (a 3 year UKaid funded program). More than thirty education reporters from all leading media entities, from print, television, radio and online journalism, were selected for the workshop.

Prof. Dr. Ghulam Shabir Baloch, Chairman Department of Media Studies, Islamia University, Bahawalpur, spoke on the current state of education role of media in policy development. He shared that media is a key factor for education policy development. While speaking on the occasion, he said that Pakistan faces a national education emergency but stories related to education rarely make it to the front page of newspapers or appear in prime-time slots on television.

President, Bahawalpur Press Club, Shahid Akhtar Balouch while sharing his views about the major problems in education sector in Southern Punjab said that the most effective way to achieve development and long term improvement in public health is to educate girls. “Through the powerful voice of media, journalists should make accountable to legislators, policy makers and education officials for the betterment of education service delivery in Pakistan” he added.

Senior Award Winning journalist Mubashar Zaidi Education said that education sector is one of the most neglecting areas in reporting in media. “Most of the issues related to education and literacy are being reported in irrelevant context; this undermines and diminishes the importance of the educational, training and child development challenges faced by the society” he added.

Asif Farooqui, Program Manager, ILM-o-AGAHI, while discussing the salient features of the initiative said that our objective is to encourage journalists to create narratives which enable equal access to education for all while analyzing the policy reforms within the education sector. “ILM-o-AGAHI aims to facilitate sustainable literacy, educational development and providing children especially girls a better access to educational facilities.

Sajjad Haider, ASER Pakistan representative, discussed ASER’s findings on education with the Journalists during the session. He said according to the Annual Status of Education Report – ASER 2013 National Survey, that 24 % children of Bahawalpur have no access to school between the ages of 5-16 years.

Social Media Expert Ahsan Mukhtar disusing on the topic “The Art of Story Telling in Digital Age” briefly define the importance of social media and concept of Old and New Journalism. He tells that Social media has proved itself to be catalyst in journalism reporting. “In today’s age, its very important for journalists to leverage social media platforms to assist their work in finding, verifying and publishing news” he added.

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.

Click Here for Urdu Press Release

For more information please visit: www.ilmoagahi.org

Low enrolment rate, poor quality, lack of accountability are the key problems of education.

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Media should play an active role in promoting education: ILM-O-AGAHI Workshop

Multan – 07 April, 2014 – “Low enrollment rate, poor quality, lack of accountability and total absence of discourse are the key problems of education sector of Pakistan and can’t be solved without the active participation of all segments of society including media. Pakistan’s media should play an active role in promoting education for the marginalized segments of the society as it can help to eliminate economic disparity through the introduction of quality education. This will broaden the vision and horizon of the students to excel in life.” This was the consensus at the ILM-o-AGAHI education journalism workshop held in Multan today.

The ILM-o-AGAHI, one day workshop was organized by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with  Ilm Ideas (a 3 year UKaid funded program).More than thirty education reporters from all leading media entities, from print, television, radio and online journalism, were selected for the workshop.

According to Annual Status of Education Report 2013, the girl’s enrollment ratio in Multan is very worst and only 38% girls between the ages of 6 to 16 years are enrolled in government schools. The report stated that only 62% children of class 5 in government schools can read an Urdu story and it seems that the quality of education is also another big issue in Multan

Senior journalist, Rao Shamim Asghar while sharing his views about the major problems in education sector in Southern Punjab said that the most effective way to achieve development and long term improvement in public health is to educate girls. “Through the powerful voice of media, journalists should make accountable to legislators, policy makers and education officials for the betterment of education service delivery in Pakistan” he added.

Senior Award Winning journalist Mubashar Zaidi Education sector is one of the most neglecting areas in reporting in media. Journalists often find it boring to report or securitize the education sector. “Lack of stakeholder’s interest and commitment to the education sector makes it different for reporters to do follow up on education policy or scrutinize education budget allocation” he added.

Asif Farooqui, Program Manager, ILM-o-AGAHI, while discussing the salient features of the initiative said that, a learning platform for journalists on education would be developed as a ready reference for journalists working on education related issues. He further said, “Mishal is also introducing special categories on education journalism in the upcoming annual journalism “AGAHI Awards 2014” to promote education journalism in Pakistan.”

Sajjad Haider, ASER Pakistan representative, discussed ASER’s findings on education with the Journalists during the session. She said according to the Annual Status of Education Report – ASER 2013 National Survey, that 20.1 % children have no access to school between the ages of 5-16 years.

Social Media Expert Ahsan Mukhtar disusing on the topic “The Art of Story Telling in Digital Age” briefly define the importance of social media and concept of Old and New Journalism. He tells that   online presence for stories have also enhanced the access and credibility of journalists also.

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.

Click here for Urdu Press Release

For more information please visit: www.ilmoagahi.org

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