Quetta: (Parliament Times) Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with United Nations Democracy Funds (UNDEF) hosted a round table discussion on 27th of November 2019 at Lordes Hotel Quetta. The event was attended by parliamentarians, government officials, teachers, academics, innovators and civil society in an aim to ‘Accelerate Actions to Implement Balochistan Compulsory Education Act 2014, that slow implementation of right to education or Article 25 A in Balochistan, Pakistan will clearly impact achieving the SDGs 2030 /SDG 4 on education, just like MDGs in 2015 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) commitments!
There were calls to reverse this reality through a positive disruption needed urgently, by all stakeholders in the education sector. Shakeela Naveed, MPA of Balochistan and the members of the Standing committee for Education, pledged to forward the recommendations made in the round table discussion to the parliamentarians. With just over 10 years to SDGs 2030/SDG 4 targets must be accomplished as per national /global promise; 2019 is also a milestone year completing 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); makes this time period critical to take stock of where Sindh stands on local, national and global commitments on RTE.
The focus of the meeting was on performance of “Parent School Management Committee”. The meeting set the context by sharing highlights of key indicators on education in Balochistan, followed by specific reading of the Act 2014. Syed Tanzeem (provincial Head – Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi) urged that each one present at the Round Table was an important ‘influencer’ in their own right; be it the teacher in the classroom, the headteacher in the school to the Secretary in her Department, Education Foundations in their growing areas of operations through PPPs, Innovators, Civil Society members in their sphere of operations and Academics in university and research.
There were voices in the audiences which highlighted some excellent examples of positive actions through ensuring the active participation of members of Parent School Management Committee. With all key stakeholders, ITA accelerated actions for RTE through the strategic dialogues, raising awareness and support amongst the youth, school teachers and communities regarding the act and rules of business, which are although in place, remain outside the implementation net. Dialogue ended with all stakeholders committing to take the work initiated by ITA forward and pledging to actively work on the recommendations proposed during the dialogue.