SAHE believes in educational justice for all children in Pakistan, which entails not only the right to go to school but an equal right to quality education. Based on this belief it aims to work for improvement in the mainstream education system that continues to affect the overwhelming majority of children in Pakistan. Through its research projects it assesses the problems in the education system so as to work on and recommend appropriate solutions plaguing the education sector of Pakistan. By bridging the gap between research and advocacy, SAHE aims to help create sustainable education reform across the country.
Established in 1982 as a response to the deteriorating standards of education by a group of concerned citizens and academics, the Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE) was one of the first nonprofit organizations to focus on access to quality education in Pakistan. Initially, SAHE sought to create greater awareness about different aspects of Pakistan’s development by inviting distinguished guest speakers and conducting short courses for college students. By 1990 SAHE increased its focus on school education and began to work with public schools to improve education quality by conducting teacher trainings to enhance their pedagogical skills. This SAHE Mohalla school program aimed to improve the conditions of public schools while also maintaining community ownership and involvement.
As SAHE’s work expanded it initiated the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) in 2005, a network of individuals and organizations concerned with promotion of educational justice for all children. Through its work with CQE, SAHE aims to analyze the current education landscape and allow for equitable access to quality education across Pakistan. Over the past 30 years, SAHE’s role and activities have evolved from service delivery to an increasing emphasis on research-based advocacy, community outreach, as well as the provision of an alternate forum for learning and thinking about education reform.