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SAFED has just submitted an Expression of Interest for an OSI and PERI funded initiative for 'Investigating Dimensions of the Privatization of Public Education in South Asia'

Observers agree that private provision and the privatizing of education services not only looks different in different regions and countries of the world, but that these services are shaped by a different set of dynamics between the global and the local, and between the state, economy, civil society and religious organizations. For this reason, this expression has invited proposals for research on the privatization of education or private provision of education that are focused on one or more countries in the following regions: Africa, East Asia, South East Asia and South Asia.

Regional and comparative studies between countries within and across regions was also welcome. This expression has a broad understanding of the term ‘private’ ranging from schools run by local entrepreneurs, NGOs, local community provision to madrassas. Expressions were to address one or more aspects of the coordination (or governance) of education services in the formal (schooling) and/or the informal (shadow schooling, home tutoring) sector. PERI views the governance of education as involving the aspects of:

(i) funding;

(ii) provision;

(iii) infrastructure and ownership;

(iv) regulation.

For instance, what is the role of the private sector in developing new education infrastructures? What is the relationship between the state and the private sector in these arrangements, and how is each influenced or shaped by the other?
SEMINAR held on April 4-5, 2012
News & Events

16 January, 2012

ASER India 2011 Report - Launch

ASER India 2011: The ASER 2011 report will be released on January 16, 2012...

14 January, 2012

Education Budget Tracking, Islamabad, Pakistan

A three days workshop on Education Budget Tracking organized by Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) in collaboration with Institute of Social and Policy Science I-SAPs ended in Islamabad....
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6-8 January, 2012

Workshop on Stress Management, Lahore, Pakistan

ISS and Faiz Ghar are starting a series of monthly workshops on various phases of Project Cycle Management. The second workshop focuses on defining and discussing stress, identifying sources and symptoms of stress...
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6 January, 2012

Right to Education Seminar, Lahore, Pakistan

SAFED is planning to conduct the seminar series on Right to Education. The first seminar titled "Trends in Privatization of Education and Shadow Schooling in Pakistan" is held on 6th January 2012...
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4-5 January, 2012

Workshop on Project Proposal Development, Lahore, Pakistan

ISS and Faiz Ghar are starting a series of monthly workshops on various phases of Project Cycle Management. The first workshop focuses on developing skills in preparing and presenting a project proposal...
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21 December, 2011

School Choice National Conference, Delhi, India

School Choice Campaign, a policy reform initiative of Centre for Civil Society organises a national conference on education reforms. The third annual School Choice National Conference will bring together top-level academicians, policy makers and education experts...
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12 December, 2011

NCSW Welcomes the Passage of two Women's Rights Bill

The National Commission on the Status of Women welcomes the passage of two important women's rights bills ".... read more

SAI Event next week:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Pound 100, Harvard Law School campus, Cambridge, MA

"Obesity and Health in South Asia: Discussion on Strategies to Prevent Diabetes and Cancer".... read more

14 November, 2011

safed Educating at grassroots levels

Prof Anita Ghulam Ali may be 70+, frail and suffering from ailments, but she works with great devotion and immense energy when she is serving a cause that is uppermost in her mind - education.... read more

12 November, 2011

JI Condemns the Brutal Murder of Three Hindu Brothers in Shikarpur

Islamabad, Nov 11, 2011: The President of the Jinnah Institute and Former Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting... read more

06 November, 2011

'Promotion of trade a must for peace in South Asia'

A roundtable titled, "Saarc: The Journey So Far and The Way Ahead", reviewing the process of peace in the South Asian countries... read more

03 November, 2011

Special Film Event - "Meher Jaan"

Panelists: Rubaiyat Hossain, Film Director Jyoti Puri, Professor of Sociology, Simmons College Rakhshanda Saleem, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Lesley University Elora Chowdhury... read more

24 July, 2011

Education Posts by Irfan Muzaffar

Reflections on Zizek, continuing - In my previous post, I attached the You Tube video of a recent conversation between Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Zizek... read more - Watch Video

22 July, 2011

Time for School Series Interview: Amartya Sen

September 4, 2003: Amartya Sen discusses universal primary education with host Mishal Husain.....read more

21 July, 2011

Amendment coming for 50% panchayat quota for women

An official amendment will be moved to the Constitution (One hundred and Tenth Amendment) Bill 2009... read more

15 July, 2011


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UN Art Contest on Gender Equality in Education
UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize
The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers is aimed at improving educational practices around the world, with priority given to developing country contexts,
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News & Events

07 July, 2011


Government schools will continue to disappoint unless guardians and teachers look upon them as their own, writes Rukmini Banerji....read more

22 June, 2011

BoP to provide Rs 250m soft loan to PEF

Lahore-The Bank of Punjab (BoP) has allocated an amount of Rs. 250 million for the distribution of soft loans among the eligible schools partnered with the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) under Foundation....read more

13 June, 2011

Education Emergency declared in Pakistan (Part I), Baela Raza Jamil

Pakistan has declared an Education Emergency in 2011! The Pakistan Education Task Force (PETF) co chaired by Mrs. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Adviser to the Prime ....read more

13 June, 2011

Remembering MF: Lust for life, Baela Raza Jamil

I do not know whether to mourn or celebrate M.F. Husain’s passage to the next space he has occupied as an eternal wanderer and the creator of unique images for humankind ....read more

9 June, 2011

LIVE Online: Webinar with Imran Khan (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf/ Movement for Justice)

When: Saturday, 11 June
Time: 12 noon (EST)
Details: Imran Khan will answer questions related to the most pressing/urgent ....read more

9 June, 2011

LIVE Online: Webinar with Imran Khan (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf/ Movement for Justice)

When: Saturday, 11 June
Time: 12 noon (EST)
Details: Imran Khan will answer questions related to the most pressing/urgent ....read more

7 June, 2011

'Building' money in education... again

The writer is director of the Green Economics Initiative at Shirkat Gah najma.sadeque@tribune.com.pk Can the government work against the interests of other agencies under,...read more

6 June, 2011

Pakistan Army's one-day spending of Rs. 1.35 billion is equivalent to Pakistan's one-year Education budget

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan spends Rs1.35 billion per day over the three armed forces...read more

16 May, 2011

AJOKA THEATRE - in collaboration with the ROUTES 2 ROOTS

written by: Shahid Nadeem , directed by Madeeha Gauhar...read more

11 April, 2011

Private School Advantage? Evidence from ASER Pakistan 2010 Findings

The past 11 months in Pakistan have been prolific on evidence based initiatives such as the finalization of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan 2010 (rural)...read more

28 January,2011

School-going children’s interest fades in Sindh

The annual report about the status of education in Sindh has painted a worrisome picture of learning outcome of school-going (3-16 years) age children assessed in six districts (rural parts) of Sindh.....read more

21 January,2011

43 percent children in rural Punjab unable to read

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan 2010, a sample survey to assess the learning outcomes of school-going age (3-16 years) children.....read more

19 January,2011

ASER Pakistan 2010 – Punjab Release

The South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) is launching “Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan (Rural) – 2010 , Punjab Release at Auditorium, Punjab civil officer Mess, 5- Tolinton Road,GOR-1, Lahore.

18 January,2011

ASER Pakistan 2010 report Launched successfully

Dr Chavan arrived Lahore on Sunday to participate in the national launch of the Annual Status of Education Report Pakistan 2010.....read more

14 January,2011

ASER Pakistan 2010 report Launch

SAFED and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) is launching “Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan (Rural) - 2010 at Planning Commission auditorium, P-Block, Pakistan Secretariat, Islamabad, on Monday January 17, 2010.

05 October,2010

Invitation of Two days Seminar

Using Case Stories to Examine the Role of Gender Identities in Education Gender Effects on and School Texts/Curriculum in South Asia.........

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22 September,2010

United Nations Daily News from the United Nations News Service

United Nations Summit Confident of achieving MDGS on time if world delivers on promises while expressing deep concerns that progress has fallen for short of what is needed.......read more

17 September,2010

Citizens on the March: ASER Pakistan 2010 Lahore District Survey

The South Asia Forum for Education Development (SAFED)/ Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with its partners is conducting ASER Survey- School Observation.......read more

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