Achieving Education for All: Pakistan

Promising Practices in Universal Primary Education

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Despite the enormous challenge of attaining the Education for All and UN Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015, Pakistan has taken up the challenge, as have many other developing countries of the Commonwealth. In this handbook for education policymakers and practitioners, Pakistani educator Fareeha Zahar has identified and compiled good and promising practices which are working towards the achievement of universal primary education in her country. Policymakers internationally will find that the approaches adopted in Pakistan have much to tell them about how to address similar problems in their own countries.  




Pakistan became a member of the Commonwealth in 1947, when it achieved independence from the United Kingdom. It is a country of tremendous topographical and climatic diversity, from the cold Himalayan mountain range in the north to the desert of Balochistan. Its population density ranges from 230 per square kilometre in Punjab to 13 in Balochistan, in a land mass of approximately 800,000 square kilometres. It is the sixth most populous country in the world, with over 150 million people who are predominantly engaged in agriculture. Services contribute approximately half of the country’s gross domestic product, with agriculture and industry each contributing about one quarter.


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