Islamabad, Pakistan
2003 - 2004 IPF Fellow

Sabina Qureshi advises key policymakers in Pakistan on primary and secondary education reform.

Promoting more open access to education in developing countries

Pakistani fellow Sabina Qureshi researched ways to increase girls' access to education in Pakistan. Following her fellowship, she was employed to write Pakistan's White Paper on education reform and secured a multi-million-dollar donor country debt swap to fund primary and secondary education, with a focus on girls' education.

Affiliation: Section Officer (Americas and Pacific), Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan

Fellow project
2003 - 2004:
Girls' education in Pakistan: A lifeline to development
The objectives of the project are to conduct a situational analysis of the impact of education on the life of Pakistani women in light of the low participation rates of women in education; critically assess the Pakistani government's gender dimension in primary education policies; contribute to the dissemination of knowledge on how education adds to quality of life; develop a database to promote the notion that a sound base of facts should replace the common use of beliefs as a foundation for formulating education policies; gain fresh insights in advance practices through comparative studies and develop a framework for Pakistan's Affirmative Plan of Action; and write a research and policy paper for the Ministries of Education, Women and Information; National Commission on the Status of Women; international development organizations; human rights groups and NGOs engaged in gender and education development programs.

Working groups: Modernization, Globalization, and Islam, Children's Services Policy, Primary and Secondary Education Policy, Gender Policy

Relevant countries: Pakistan