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The Pakistan Government is committed to meeting the enormous challenges of attaining Education for All and Universal Primary Education. In this regard it has redrafted policies to reform the sector, allowed for a greater role of the private sector by deregulating textbook production and recognizing private examination boards and forged partnerships with non-government organizations and community social organizations. This handbook for education policymakers and practitioners identifies practices in the education sector that have proven to be creative, effective, comprehensive, relevant and sustainable with a potential for scaling up.

The handbook initially looks at the broad strategies that the government in collaboration with donors and local stakeholders have taken to increase primary school enrollment and enhance quality of education. Next, public-private partnerships are explored using the successful examples of CARE schools and the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development to highlight the role they have played in rehabilitating defunct government schools and improving quality of teaching and curriculum. Civil society initiatives such as The Citizens Foundation and Khwendo Kor are discussed for not only their quantitative and qualitative impact on primary education, but also for building organizational structures that are transparent, efficient and sustainable. The handbook concludes by looking at how both indigenous and expatriate philanthropy has been channeled by citizen associations, such as Developments in Literacy, to support organizations working on education all over Pakistan. Policymakers and stakeholders of the education sector, both domestic and international, can learn from this broad range of strategies and practices.

The book can be purchased from the publisher’s website.