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Accelerated learning and inclusion

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As an educationist, I get opportunities to attend education-related events where lively interactions take place and one gets to learn a lot. A recent launch of the accelerated learning programme (ALP) by Care International in Pakistan and the Directorate of Curriculum and Teacher Education (DCTE) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa offered me an excuse not only to share my ideas on inclusive education but also learn from other distinguished speakers.

Before sharing my thoughts on inclusive education with the readers, I must first highlight the good work that Care International in Pakistan and the DCTE have been doing for accelerated learning and inclusion. I may have serious objections against some of the steps the PTI government has taken, but if something positive comes up I feel a responsibility to appreciate and share it. First, something about Care International (CIP) – one of the world’s largest international development organizations – which has been working in Pakistan since 2005. It has an impressive development and humanitarian portfolio that has benefitted millions of people around the world.

One of the features of the CIP’s work is its focus on equality and inclusion, particularly in the areas of health, education, women’s empowerment, and emergency preparedness. Since my specialization is education, I will confine myself to it. Led by two dynamic ladies, Ayesha Salma and Rahat Rizwan, the CIP education programme has achieved a lot in the recent past. Realizing that the two most important challenges for education in Pakistan are access and transition, they have become a top priority for the CIP. Here access means access to quality education and transition implies movement from elementary to secondary education.

It is with this background that the CIP initiated an upgrade of the accelerated learning programme (ALP) for grade six to eight in partnership with the Directorate of Curriculum and Teacher Education, KP. Thanks to the 18th Amendment, passed in 2010, now........

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