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Reform Support Unit

Education & Literacy Department

Government of Sindh

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ARNEC Conference in Manila (3 to 5 December, 2014)

Chief Program Manager (CPM) of the Reforms Support Unit (RSU) Education & Literacy Department Govt. of Sindh attends and presents at the ARNEC Conference in Manila December 3-5, 2014

It was an honor for Pakistan to be present at the ARNEC Annual Conference in Manila from Dec 3-5, 2014

"Early Childhood Development on the Global Agenda: Building partnerships for Sustainability and Harmony"

www.arnec.net/manilaconference2014

The Plenary session on day one was on:
Alliance building and partnerships for more holistic and inclusive ECD
The Moderator was: Dr. Mae Chu Chang, Member, Board of Directors, ARNEC
The Panelists were eminent leaders of education innovation from China-Pakistan-and Philipines:

  • Mr. Lu Mai, Secretary General, China Development Research Institution, China
  • Ms. Saba Mahmood, Chief Programm Manager, Reform Support Unit, Government of Sindh, Pakistan
  • Dr. Baela Raza Jamil, Director Programmes, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Pakistan
  • Hon. Rony L Molina, Municipal Mayor, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, Philippines
Presentation made on day 1 December 3, 2014 by Saba Mahud (RSU/E&LD Govt. of Sindh) and Baela Raza Jamil (ITA/SAFED)

Both RSU and ITA are Friends of ARNEC

Photograph of the Pakistan Presenters

"Partnerships; Post 2015 Development Agenda, Peace and Harmony into the upcoming ECE Policy in Sindh,she would advocate on the themes across Pakistan as well"

Saba Mahmood

"I pledge that we will incorporate the themes of partnership & alliance building, sustainable development goals post 2015 and building social cohesion & Peace through ECE/ ECD in our policy and implement it in all over Sindh in 8000 schools. In 2015-16 we will implement it in 700 consolidated schools. I pledged it confidently as I have full support from my hierarchy, specially from Senior Minister Education and Secretary Education. I also pledge to host and facilitate the friends of ARNEC"

Saba Mahmood's Statement at the pledge ceremony

The partners presented from Pakistan included representatives from :

  • RSU- E&LD Govt. of Sindh
  • Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and SAFED
  • Aga Khan University - Human Development Programm
  • Aga Khan Foundation - Pakistan
  • Rupani Foundation

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE)

Background:

Education & Literacy Department, Government of Sindh has recently developed Sindh Education Sector Plan- SESP through a consultative process will all relevant stakeholders. ECE has been given due importance in the sector plan and focused on the promotion and improvement of the Early Childhood Education in Sindh. In this regard Reform Support Unit has arranged a Policy Dialogue, which was held on Thursday, 26th December 2013 at Regent Plaza, Karachi with the support of Plan International Pakistan. All the relevant stakeholders were invited to the policy discussion.

ECE STATUS IN SINDH:

ECE has not been given due attention in Sindh, Which is why there is no existing ECE Policy which needs to be formulated. There is no ECE Specific Teachers Cadre or Trainings for Early Childhood Education. There National Education Policy-2009 has also heighted the importance of ECE and a policy action has been mentioned to formalize katchi classes. There is no budget allocation for ECE from Government side as well.

Objective of ECE AS PER SESP:

  • Formulate Early Childhood Education Policy
  • Establish Taluka wise Early Childhood Education Centers (ECE Centers)
  • Transform Katchi classes into Early Childhood Education Classes
  • Sanctioned teaching post for ECE and recruit ECE Teachers
  • Trainings for ECE teachers & ECE Center staff to be hired.
  • Curriculum Development and Dissemination.
  • Availability of Learning Material for ECE to be ensured.

Notified Members of the Task Force:

The notified Task force members and the pertaining notification was shared with the participants:

S. No. Designation/ Organization Status
1 Chief Program Manager, Reform Support Unit Chairman
2 Program Manager, Teacher Performance Management, Reform Support Unit Secretary
3 Representative of Sindh Teacher Education Development Authority (STEDA) Member
4 Representative of Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE) Sindh Member
5 Representative of Bureau of Curriculum and Extension Wing (BC & EW), Sindh Member
6 Representative of Sindh Textbook Board (STBB) Member
7 Representative of UNICEF Member
8 Representative of Education Fund for Sindh Member
9 Representative of UNESCO Member
10 Representative of Indus Resource Center (IRC) Member
11 Representative of Right to Play Member
12 Representative of Save the Children Member
13 Representative of Plan International Pakistan Member
14 Representative of HANDS Member
15 Representative of AKU-IED Member
16 Representative of AKU-HDP Member
17 Representative of DEVCON Member
18 Representative of Teacher Resource Center (TRC) Member
19 Representative of Notre Dame Institute of Education (NDIE) Member
20 Representative of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi(ITA) Member
21 Representative of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Member
22 Representative of Rupani Foundation Member
23 Representative of Catco Kids Member

Thematic Working Groups/Policy Areas:

Following policy components were assigned to five (5) Technical Working Groups of ECE policy;

  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Curriculum & Text Books
  • Learning Standards & Assessment
  • Teacher Education Programs
  • Parents & Community Involvement