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HARVARD DIALOGUE ON EDUCATION REFORM IN PAKISTAN

A Dialogue on Education Reform in Pakistan was held at Harvard University in Boston, USA on 15th and 16th July, 2011.  Sponsors of the Dialogue included IDEAS, the Open Society Foundation, South Asia Initiative at Harvard and the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). The Dialogue was motivated by the priority given to education through the declaration of 2011 as being Pakistan’s year of education. The objective of the Education Dialogue was to evolve a broad, consensus-based agenda and a tangible plan-of-action. The attendees were from multiple constituencies active in the education sector in Pakistan, and included academics, both at American and Pakistani institutions, sitting politicians, representatives of the media, education stakeholders from the private and non-profit sector and representatives of key donor agencies. The consensus of the Dialogue was that the foremost goal for education in Pakistan must be that all Pakistani children should have a minimum standard of reading, writing and arithmetic. Moreover, education in Pakistan must facilitate social cohesion within the diverse social, economic and political contexts in Pakistan.  For the full statement see the link below:

Concensus Statement