DOHA, November 1, 2013: The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists announces the launch of Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) on the sidelines of 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar.
“The alliance aims to turn a new page for girls by creating an enabling environment that ensures gender equity in access to education. WISE summit is indeed the perfect setting to launch PAGE as the project aligns with the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of delivering quality education to millions of children across the world.” said the founding chair of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani.
PAGE will act as a platform for decision makers, experts, practitioners, and donors to align their synergies towards bridging the gender gap in literacy and to address the broader challenges that education sector faces in Pakistan. The Alliance will also link financial and human resources to the initiatives that promote education reforms, devise innovative strategies, and raise public awareness for female education. “There are three basic issues in education sector in Pakistan i.e. access, quality and equity. Due to access issues, 38 million children were out of school in 2011” stated UNESCO Confucius Laureate, Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik.
The secretariat of Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education will be initially housed at the ARC country office in Islamabad and will convene its inaugural consultative meeting in January of 2014.
2013 WISE Summit was attended by number of prominent public and social sector leaders from Pakistan including the Minister of State for Education, Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman; Minister for Education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Atif Khan; Higher Education Commission Executive Director, Prof. Mukhtar Ahmed; The Citizen Foundation Founder, Mushtaq Chhapra; AMAN Foundation CEO, Ahsan Jamil; Joint Secretary Education, Muhammad Rafique Tahir; Deputy Secretary Education, Mukhtar Paras Shah; Pakistan Information Security Association, Ammar Jaffri; Alhijrah Trust CEO, Abdur Rehman Usmani; NGO World Executive Director, Zafar Iqbal; and Super Technologies Inc. President, Rehan Allahwala.