PACADE has held a number
of conferences, seminars and workshops for the promotion of
adult continuing education in Pakistan. Mention may particularly
be made of South Asian Conference held in 1987 on the subject
of Continuing Education-key to Effective Living and of
workshop on literacy methodology, functional literacy, community
involvement, monitoring and post-literacy material. PACADE has
made more than 5000 women literate in villages near Lahore.
It runs Female Literacy Centers primarily in villages near Lahore
to test literacy methodologies.
PACADE has been particularly keen to highlight and
propagate the cause of Female literacy. It also has had a program
for research on literacy on literacy and continuing education including
a journal on Continuing Education, a Magazine of and for newly literate
women and also a number of books.
In his capacity as a Newspaper columnist, PACADE President
has been helping UNESCO Islamabad invoilve the media in the promotion
of literacy in Pakistan.He has written a number of papers on literacy
and has contributed more than a dozen columns in the newspapers
on the subject. PACADE was selected by the UNDPI secretariat to
participate in the UN Millennium Forum held in the NEW York in 2000.
PACADE's two-monthly Newsletter issued with the cooperation of UNESCO,
contains information about UNESCO and NGOs aactivities in Pakistan
as well as news pertainning to the UN and other international agencies.
Lobbying and Networking:
PACADE has acted as a pressure group with the central
and provincial governments and NGOs for launching of National Adult
Literacy programs and related matters.
PACADE holds meetings with the NGOs working for literacy and continuing
education and has a programme for exchanging views and experiences
with them in seminars and workshops focused on common interests
and concerns, PACADE played a leading role in the establishment
of LANGOS (The Lahore Association of NGOs) consisting of 20 large
NGOs of Pakistan which provides a forum for NGOs network and for
taking joint action on common issues and problems.
Adults Female Literacy Methodology:
One of the major objectives of PACADE in running Adult
Female Literacy Centers has been to test appropriate methodologies.
Based on ten years experience it has developed a methodology. It
has been published in the form of a book-let.
Besides activities relating to literacy, PACADE has
organi a number of programs on the subjects of Health Education,
Enviorment Education for the Disabled, Civic Education, IT Education
and Law and the Citizens.
The only book on basic information about the concept and practice
of continuing education, in Pakistan has been published by PACADE.
PACADE is currently developing
a Literacy Resource Centre. The main components of the Centre
are Research, Training, Material Development and Documentation.
An important initiative in hand, in this connection is dissemination
of basic element of information management.