Through this collaboration, TCF and Mishal are very much committed to enhancing the quality of reporting on out-of-school children by building the capacity of journalists reporting on Education and Social Development related issues. Mishal and TCF will jointly develop a capacity-building initiative by engaging senior journalists on multiple forums across the country.
The organizations have joined hands to conduct training sessions with senior journalists in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta. The purpose is to design strategic media training that provides data-sets for journalists to report on the issue with evidence-based journalism.
This collaboration will complement the efforts of TCF to implement changes in the education system that are necessary to bring children into schools, and to achieve the unanimous goal of keeping children in schools. Mishal Pakistan will also a create a special category at the AGAHI Awards 2019, Pakistan’s most sought after journalism recognition to include “the Reporter of the Year Award, Reporting on Out of School Children.
Gaps in service provision at all education levels is a major constraint to education access. Socio-cultural demand-side barriers combined with economic factors and supply-related issues, such as availability of adequate and standardized school facilities, together hamper access and retention of certain marginalized groups, in particular, adolescent girls.