The Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training commenced a two-day Pakistan Learning Conference 2023: Building Foundations from June 21-22, 2023 in Islamabad

The Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training commenced a two-day Pakistan Learning Conference 2023: Building Foundations from June 21-22, 2023 in Islamabad. Gathering global educators, policymakers, and experts, this eagerly awaited conference is delving into vital topics of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and foundational learning.

Speaking at the Inaugural session, Chief Guest for the occasion, Federal Minister, Rana Tanveer Hussain said that Pakistan has a constitutional commitment to deliver ‘free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 5 to 16’. He added that Government intends to go beyond it as Pakistan is committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 4 (SDG4) to provide ‘lifelong learning opportunities for all’. He emphasized sharing knowledge and experience during the conference and pushing hard for these goals. He further said that through this event Pakistan could come closer to vision of an educated, confident Pakistani youth, supported from the moment they are born, and equipped with the foundational learning to achieve their dreams.

Earlier, Secretary Education, Waseem Ajmal Chaudhary welcomed the participants and said that the gathering of passionate international and national level educators, policymakers and donors at the conference was a unique opportunity to collectively work towards transforming landscape of early childhood education and foundational learning. He informed the attendees about the Human Capital Review Report and shed light on how addressing learning poverty is crucial for socio-economic progress. He further added that through the flagship initiatives of MOFEPT which include Out of School Children enrollment drive, foundational literacy through ASPIRE, establishment of classrooms in primary schools & kindergarten important steps are being taken for transforming early childhood education. He added that MOFEPT was looking forward to creating a Combined Action Plan in the Conference through synergies, collaborations and experience sharing that will positively impact the future of early childhood education in Pakistan.

Riffat Jabeen, Director Academics FDE, gave an overview of the themes and topics to be discussed in the conference.

Featuring 9 international and 37 national speakers across diverse educational disciplines, the conference offers a rich tapestry of perspectives. With their expertise and experience, the speakers are sharing invaluable insights, inspiring ideas, and global best practices, enriching the conference experience for all attendees.

On day one, insightful panel discussions on Progress and Challenges: ECE as the learning foundation, Right to Education, Financing, Delivery at scale and technical sessions on enabling structures and PPP as delivery models were carried out. Notable speakers included Rehmat Salam Khatam (KPK Minister), Baela Raza Jamil (Idara-e-Taleem o Agahi), Abigail Barnett (Cambridge International Assessment), representatives of provinces, World Bank, FCDO, UNICEF, USAID, International donors & policy makers, educationists etc.

Innovative approaches were explored through interactive stalls by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), PTCL, National Book Foundation (NBF) and Robotmea, fostering engagement and learning. These stalls provided the visitors an opportunity to see the novel methodologies and ideas in the early childhood education and foundational learning.

Overall, Pakistan Learning Conference is shedding light on key issues being faced in childhood education by uniting renowned speakers and visionaries. Emphasizing innovation and enhanced practices, this event is sparking insightful discussions, fostering idea exchange, and facilitating collaborative efforts to advance education in Pakistan.