In 2005 SAHE initiated the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE), a network of individuals and organizations concerned with promotion of educational justice for all children. CQE recognizes that reforms cannot succeed without the use of credible evidence in the policy-making process which requires the participation of a diverse range of stakeholders drawn from civil society as well as apex professional and academic organizations. CQE was initiated as a consequence of the recognition that Pakistan had not, in any significant and sustainable manner, benefited from the spate of interventions in education that started after its endorsement of Education for All (EFA) over the last decade and a half. SAHE works with CQE to conduct collaborative research and evidence based advocacy to influence educational reform on key issues in education.The initial set of linkages were formed in 2005 through research conducted on multiple case studies of 43 schools across Pakistan, under the title, Education in Pakistan: What Works and Why? The study was a collaborative venture between civil society organizations and academic institutions in Pakistan, initiated by SAHE and supported by the Open Society Institute (OSI). The findings of the study were disseminated through five provincial and federal level seminars and feedback obtained suggests that it was well received by a wide spectrum of stakeholders interested in educational reform in Pakistan. Building on the credibility and momentum developed, the Campaign evolved organically with the support of OSI and other donors.
Over the last ten years CQE has sought to and made use of opportunities to create awareness around the critical nature of Pakistan’s education crisis. At the same time CQE remains engaged in continuous reflection to find the right niche for solid advocacy in a fluid and rapidly changing political environment. It has been working to strengthen its alliances with the relevant actors in technical, professional and political spheres, broaden its dissemination of advocacy messages and develop strategies that make effective and sustainable reform possible.