Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) centre for education and consciousness
is a public policy specialist. She leads the citizen led assessment and accountability initiative, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan and is the founder of the Children’s and Teachers’ Literature Festivals in Pakistan. Baela has worked with provincial and federal governments as a technical advisor in education sector reforms, public private partnerships, innovations and financing. She is serving as a Commissioner to the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (Education Commission). Baela is a member of several advisory boards viz., Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report UNESCO, Learning Outcomes Advisory Board- UNESCO Institute of Statistics(UIS); Global Business Coalition for Education(GBC Ed); UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network). She is the managing trustee of the Sanjan Nagar Public Education and Trust and national coalitions on education, child rights and SRHR.
Zobaida Jalal is a Pakistani teacher, libertarian, social activist, and politician. After successfully contesting in general elections held in 2002 on a PML(Q) platform, she came in national prominence and public fame as a leading woman minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. From 2002–07, she was the minister of Minister of Education (MoEd).
After returning from Kuwait, she helped established a school for girls in her village with the support of her father because in that time in such traditional conservative Baloch society did not allowed women to go to schools. While teaching at school, she also taught English literature at the Balochistan University. In 1993, her services were recognized by the Government of Pakistan and honored her with Pride of Performance Award for Education by the President of Pakistan. She has authored many publications include Papers on Baloch Embroidery and Poverty alleviation.
After a five-year brief break from the national politics, she joined the Pakistan Muslim League and but stepped down in favor of Kiran Haider who successfully retained her seat in 2013 general elections, although she retains herself as a woman leader of the Pakistan Muslim League.
Rumana Husain has written and illustrated over 60 children’s books and developed numerous teachers’ manuals for several publishers including the Oxford University Press. She co-founded the Book Group in 1988 and worked for it in a voluntary capacity for almost a decade, after which she was its Director for four years. She also co-founded NuktaArt - a bi-annual art magazine, published for ten years, of which she was Senior Editor. She is the author of two major books on Karachi: ‘Karachiwala - a subcontinent within a city’ and ‘Street Smart – professionals on the street’.
Rumana Husain’s book ‘Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan’ in the graphic story series (OUP) won the Jang-UBL Award and her book ‘Laal Badaam’ (Pratham Books) won the All India Publishers’ Award.
Rumana was Headmistress of the junior section of The C.A.S School, and later as its senior school’s Vice Principal (1986 to 1996). She has taught art, environmental studies and illustrations at the Karachi Grammar School, The C.A.S School, and the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture respectively. She worked as Head Activism and Outreach at the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (2001 to 2008). She is an Honorary Director on the Board of the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), Honorary General Secretary of the Karachi Conference Foundation, and Founding Member and Member Executive Committee of the ‘I Am Karachi’ Society, championing one of its core projects; the Walls of Peace.
Fauzia Aziz Minallah is an Islamabad-based artist and author of children’s books. She is also an activist for issues related to heritage conservation, environmental protection, peace and social justice. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, New York, she has created a number of well known cartoon characters in her books, such as Amai, The Bird of Light. Her picture book Sadako’s Prayer (winner of the Hiroshmia Citizen’s Award for Peace Education) and Amai and the Banyan Tree won the Khaliqya award at the Children’s Literature Festival in Peshawar in 2012. Chitarkari and Banyans: The Pursuit of Identity documents aspects of Pakistan’s cultural past. Fauzia is the winner of the Junior Global Challenge in Rome 2012 and the Ron Koivc Peace Prize 2010. She is also the female editorial cartoonist of Pakistan to have won the All Pakistan Newspapers Award for Best Cartoonist.
Peter Jacob is a human rights activist, trainer, freelance journalist and researcher. He has been associated with several national and international human rights organizations in his career as NGO professional since 1988. He was involved in coordinating campaigns for abolition of column for religion in the National Identity Card (1992) and the Separate Electorate (1999-2001).
He researched and coauthored “Working Conditions of Agricultural Labour in Punjab” (2001) and “Life On The Margins”, a research study on situation of minority women in Punjab and Sindh Provinces. He published several fact-finding reports and books in Urdu including, InsaniHaqooqKeIrteqa and InsaniHaqooqKaBainulaqwamiNizam (Sanjh Publications).
Peter Jacob studied Political Science, Rural Development and Law in Pakistan and earned an LLM degree from University of Notre Dame (US) in International Human Rights Law (2014). He is currently working as the Executive Director of Centre for Social Justice, a Lahore based research and advocacy organization.