We are pleased to announce that Mr. Irfan Ahmad Awan has been appointed as an Honorary Fellow by the International Association for Quality Assurance in Pre-Tertiary & Higher Education (QAHE). This prestigious recognition acknowledges Mr. Awan's remarkable contributions and extensive experience in the education sector.
Mr. Awan, the Managing Director of the Society for Community Strengthening and Promotion of Education, Balochistan (SCSPEB), brings with him 30 years of expertise in education. He has successfully led, developed, and implemented numerous projects focused on education, community participation, and partnership building. Notably, his initiatives have played a pivotal role in promoting sustainable development, with a special emphasis on girls' education.
Under Mr. Awan's leadership, over 2,000 girls' primary schools have been established, employing approximately 6,000 female teachers. These initiatives have not only increased girls' enrollment by 153% but have also narrowed the education gap between girls and boys in the underprivileged province of Balochistan, Pakistan. Furthermore, the community engagement model implemented by Mr. Awan has been recognized by the government and international development partners as a key strategy for sustainable development.
In addition to his achievements in primary education, Mr. Awan has also managed the Afghan Refugee Education Project (AREP) with the support of UNHCR. This project has provided quality education to 20,000 enrolled students, with a dedicated team of 650 teaching and non-teaching staff.
Mr. Awan's expertise extends beyond project implementation. He has played a vital role in the development of significant education sector plans, including the Balochistan Education Sector Plan (BESP) 2013-18 and 2020-25, Punjab Secondary Education Plan (PSEP) 2012-17, KP-Education Sector Plan (KPESP), and District Education plans (2015-22) for all 32 districts of Balochistan. His research studies on education, such as Annual Secondary School Examination, School Language at the primary level, and Public-Private Partnerships in non/low functional schools, have greatly contributed to the field.
QAHE recognizes Mr. Awan's exceptional achievements and his dedication to improving education systems and opportunities for students. As an Honorary Fellow, he will continue to inspire and contribute to the advancement of education through his valuable insights and expertise.
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Irfan Ahmad Awan for this well-deserved recognition as an Honorary Fellow of QAHE.