LAHORE: Education experts on Tuesday stressed the need to allocate sufficient annual budget for girls’ education and suggested the government to increase funding for the education sector.
The recommendations were presented by leading education experts at a pre-budget consultation with a particular focus on girls’ education, organized by Awaz CDS Pakistan in collaboration with Education Champions Network Pakistan and Pakistan Coalition for Education here on Tuesday.
The consultation brought together government officials, experts, civil society representatives and academics for their input into the upcoming 2022-23 budget.
MPA Ayesha Iqbal suggested consolidating all PEIMA and PEF schools under one roof to minimize bureaucracy and other unnecessary expenses.
MPA Uzma Kardar said that it was very important to plan the budget with a gender lens, but it was also important to synchronize it with the SDG targets. She liked the concept of Insaaf Afternoon Schools and suggested ‘girl-friendly toilets’.
Awaz CDS Pakistan Managing Director, Ziaur Rehman, said the capacity of departments at district level should be enhanced for better use of budget.
Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) Executive Director, Zehra Arshad, highlighted the need for more efforts in the education sector, from allocations to expenditures, especially in the post-Covid situation.
Marium Amjad Khan, the campaign manager of Awaz CDS, also spoke.
Posted in Dawn, March 23, 2022