Education for Global Leadership:
A 2006 Report by the (Research & Policy Committee of CED)
Our efforts in education reform must be harmonized with global realities if we are to confront successfully a multitude of new and growing challenges… (9/11 and other incidents) have demonstrated that movements from across the globe impact our country in ways never before imagined … we risk becoming narrowly confined within our own borders, lacking the understanding of the world around us that is essential to our continued leadership role in the world community. The day has long passed when a citizen could afford to be uninformed about the rest of the world and America’s place in that world. CED therefore believes that it is critical to ensure that all students become globally competent citizens who will lead our country in the twenty-first century(pg. 10).
That realization happened 9 years ago … Pakistan still suffer education crisis of unprecedented proportion.
- There are 25 million boys and girls out of school—that’s nearly half of all children in the country.
- Of those children who do go to school, the vast majority receive an education of poor quality.
- 48% of government schools are in a dangerous or dilapidated condition and lack basic facilities such as furniture, bathrooms, boundary walls, electricity and running water.
- On any given day, 18% of teachers are absent from the classroom.
- Corporal punishment is widespread and remains unchecked.
- Budget allocations for education are insufficient and funds that are available are not spent effectively.
Under the Constitution of Pakistan, Article 25-A, it is the responsibility of the state to provide free and compulsory education to every child between the ages of 5 and 16.