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Pakistan Association for Adult / Continuing Education (PACADE), Pakistan

PACADE Information Service

PACADE works in the area of female literacy and continuing education. It runs literacy centres and holds seminars and workshops on various topics. It does a lot of networking and dissemination of information regarding Education For All with particular reference to the United Nations Literacy Decade and the Millennium Development Goals. As the national NGO for literacy and continuing education, it represents Pakistan abroad and particularly at international UNESCO meetings. Besides publishing a PACADE – UNESCO Newsletter periodically, it is also active in producing post literacy material and for providing consultancy services for the planning and management of EFA programmes. PACADE has spawned the Civic Forum which consists of concerned specialists and eminent citizens.
PACADE has been instrumental in setting up THE LITERACY FORUM which consists of leading NGOs working in the field of EFA and Continuing Education.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Citizenship education, Gender issues, Lifelong learning, Literacy

User Profile:

Adult learners; NGOs; educationalists; Government agencies; media; National Assembly Members; senators and various other stakeholders

Contact Information


101-J, Model Town

(+92–42) 5830148
(+92–42) 5830148
Contact person:
Mr. Inayatullah

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Working Languages:
English, Urdu


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Methods of Data Management

Indexing Tool
Simple cataloguing

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Reference services; e-mail services; newsletter

Publications Produced

Literacy and post literacy material mostly in Urdu; proceedings of workshops and conferences; newsletter – a booklet on the concept of continuing education; annual reports
PACADE prepared (in collaboration with UNESCO) an online collection about literacy material produced in Pakistan.

Special Activities

A UNESCO consultant helped to prepare the strategy for the implementation of an EFA National Plan of Action. Training of literacy NGOs and also of literacy teachers and supervisors. Holding national meetings relating to UNLD and NPA.
PACADE helped to set up the Parliamentarian Forum for EFA and a Media Forum for literacy.


Holding periodical meetings with literacy and EFA NGOs in Pakistan. Collaborating with various stakeholders including parliamentarians and the media for advocacy and the implementation of literacy programmes and pursuing continuing education themes

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Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Pakistan is lagging behind other countries in adult literacy as it is not given the priority it deserves. Special endeavours are needed nationally and internationally. UNESCO has to make special efforts in this respect.