Research and Advocacy for Inclusive Education

 

Project Background

This DFID funded project focuses on furthering inclusion, tackling challenges and enhancing opportunities for religious minorities of Pakistan in its education system. ITACEC has joined hands with the Centre for Social justice for the implementation of this project. The primary goal is to strengthen engagement with decision-makers for a more inclusive and equitable education system, using the framework of fundamental rights as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan. The project will help in increasing the understanding of stakeholders, regarding the need for inclusive education policies by the government.

The objectives of the project are two-fold:

  1. Research: To study factors behind disparity of rights (implementation), in order to enhance opportunities for religious minorities in the education system,
  1. Advocacy: To strengthen advocacy engagement with decision-makers for education system reforms focusing inclusion of religious diversity and tolerance in the society aligned to fundamental rights of Article 22, Article 25, Article 25-A of the Constitution and Sustainable Development Goal 4.

These objectives will be translated into two phases or components of the project:

Phase 1 (Activity 1-4); This research component includes; research studies on (i) disparities and discrimination in education system and the avenues of inclusion, and on assessing Pakistan’s compliance with international obligations with regards to right to education without any discrimination (ii) the lingering effects of nationalization policy of 1972, and (iii) needs of the minorities with respect to education in Punjab.

Phase 2 (Activity 4-8); The second component is about advocacy-lobbying, based on research findings, which includes organizing; seminars, media briefings, consultative meetings, conferences, and producing documentary films. The goal is to undertake evidence-based advocacy for effective implementation of this project.