EU and UNICEF partnership strengthens the education system in Pakistan

EU and UNICEF partnership strengthens the education system in Pakistan

Balochistan Basic Education Programme: Towards enhanced Governance and Quality

For me quality education is the one that helps you bring about a positive change in the society and promote positive thinking

Zubaida Sattar is the 10th grade teacher at Sahafiq Ahmed Khan School, Balochistan, Pakistan.

CONTEXT

Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan, with nearly half of the landmass, but only 5 per cent of the population, largely living in scattered communities. The province has among the lowest scores on social indicators. In education, 70% of primary to secondary school-aged children are out of school. After the devolution of education to the provinces in 2010, the Balochistan government developed its first ever education sector plan, with support from the EU and UNICEF, in 2012.

OBJECTIVES

  • The Balochistan Education Sector Plan (BESP) 2013-2018 provides a clear roadmap in three main areas:
  • Improved governance and management.
  • Access and equity.
  • Education quality and relevance.

RESULTS

  • To ensure sustainable change, the BBEP adopted a systems approach to improve governance and management support functions.
  • To improve planning, accountability and transparency mechanisms BBEP set up a new Performance Management System in the Education Secretariat, based on rigorous data-regimes up and down the education system.
  • Revamp of the Education Management Information System (EMIS) to generate accurate and timely data for planning.
  • An Android-based Real-Time School Monitoring System (RTSM) linked to EMIS was rolled out to improve accountability and transparency.
  • BBEP established the Balochistan Assessment and Examination Commission (BAEC) to feed information on student learning to other relevant institutions.
  • BBEP therefore provides technical assistance to the Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE) to develop and demonstrate a replicable and scalable model of continuous capacity development of teachers.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 2 000 teachers trained
  • Improved learning environment in 850 schools
  • 40 000 monitoring reports generated through Real-Time School Monitoring System

PARTNERS

TESTIMONY

Zubaida Sattar - a teacher from Sahafiq Ahmed Khan School in Balochistan

Zubaida Sattar is the 10th grade teacher at the Government Girls High School (GGHS) Sahafiq Ahmed Khan School, Abdullah Jan Street, Quetta, Balochistan, one of the provinces in Pakistan. Zubaida has a degree in Law and is pursuing an MPhil in Education. She has been teaching since 2010 and has been working in the current school since 2013. She has two brothers and a sister and is number 3 among her siblings.

She is the English language teacher for senior classes and also the class teacher for grade 10.

"I have been teaching since 2010 and in this school since 2013, I became a teacher to bring about a positive change in the society. I love the energy children have, their playfulness and their daily routine attracts me a lot

The positive attitude of children has impacted me a lot. They ask questions and are always willing to learn new things.

Using a public transport in the morning, the unruly traffic on the road, is a big challenge as I have to get to school on time.

For me quality education is the one that helps you bring about a positive change in the society and promote positive thinking. My most important advice to the students is hard work and never give up. These two things are most important...

I would like to thank the European Union for their support us for the development of the education sector. And I hope they would continue to play this important role for us in the future so that we could bring about a very good change not only in Pakistan but the entire world."