Out of box basic education in Sindh: Dahar


Amanullah Khan


The Minister for Education and Literacy, Mr. Dahar, reiterated that the Government of Sindh is committed to education and marked it as the highest priority while Chief Minister Sindh has declared an education emergency and focuses on it personally. He was speaking at a seminar organized by the Government of Sindh in
Collaboration with the USAID- Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) on “Moving towards a Sindh Non-formal Education & Alternative Learning Pathways Policy” on December 7, 2016 at Avari Hotel, Karachi Dahar said that providing opportunities of meaningful education to out-of-school children, young persons and adults who are not literate is a critical need for the province with many emergent economic opportunities.
The Sindh Non-Formal Education and Alternative Learning Pathways (ALP) Policy provides a framework for continued lifelong learning to children, youth and adults focusing on the most disadvantaged groups with a strong gender focus Mr. Abdus Sami Khan the lead consultant for the Policy carefully explained the core elements of Sindh NFE and Alternative Learning Pathways Policy. This was preceded by a situation analysis which is a companion document to the Policy. Both knowledge and action documents were provided to all the participants.
The speakers, Dr. Mohammad Memon Chairman BISE Hyderabad, Ms. Naheed Durrani, M.D Sindh Education Foundation, Mr. Asad Ali Shah from Deloitte/SCDP underscored the challenges of implementation and delivery of quality education mentioning that past policies have failed because of these particular challenges Dr. Randy Hatfield from USAID, Ms. Chiho Ohashi from JICA, Ms. Shahla
Rashiduddin from UNICEF and Mr. Kazi Mahessar from UNESCO firmly pledged ongoing support to the effort as a continued consortium of development partners to implement the important Policy. They endorsed the convincing theory of change for the Policy that sought to bring NFE/ALP from the margins to the centre of critical actions for inclusive and equitable lifelong education in Sindh.
The Conference was skillfully moderated by Baela Raza Jamil Chief of Party for SCDP. She mobilized active participation and pledges from educational practitioners and policy makers, representatives from prominent civil society organizations and international development agencies, members of parliament, academia, industry and senior officers of SED and its attached affiliate departments.
Post conference, the policy will be submitted for the approval by the Minister of Education & Literacy and SED to the Government of Sindh together with appropriate and sustained funding commitment. SCDP is also supporting SED in developing an implementation framework, and it is expected that SED will initiate implementation from January 2017.

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