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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.

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/

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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

 

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.

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.