Pakistan continues to face multiple challenges in delivering education to children, such as quality, governance, access, enrolment, retention, and gender disparity. A total of 5.1 million children are out of children, out of which two-thirds are girls.[1] Widespread corporal punishment of children and limited positive interaction between teachers, children, and parents also impact the quality of education.[2] In areas affected by conflict and disaster the destruction of schools, ongoing threat of violence and displacement of communities have also wreaked havoc on the education system..Cultural norms limit women’s mobility to a greater extent in rural KP than in most other parts of the country, restricting their access to education, often denying them participation in the labour force, imposing early marriages, and limiting their contribution to socioeconomic development.  The Swat conflict, destruction of schools, and displacement of thousands of families further exacerbated these disadvantages for women further restricting women and girls’movements during the conflict and displacement, resulting in severely limited access to opportunities and services, especially education.

IDEA designs and develops education programs at the grass root level. IDEA’s education programs are pragmatic and futuristic, manageable in all media of instructions. While executing the programs we involve Parent Teachers Association (PTA) or Village Education Committees (VECs) for school improvement programs.

IDEA enhance the capacity and skills of teachers through professional development needs trainings courses which can be used for improved teaching methods and classroom management. IDEA also involve and enhance the capacity of Parent Teachers Council (PTC) or Village Education Committee (VEC) for school monitoring and especially for girls’ enrolment.

Restoration and rehabilitation of the government educational institutions is the key area of IDEA’s interventions.

A civil society advocacy caucus is under established phase to support project advocacy at the community, district and provincial levels, including representatives from and the corporate sector.Gaps in girls’ education and related issues are also be highlighted through media, IEC materials and SMS.

  • Title: Institutional Support for Participatory, Inclusive and Responsive Education(INSPIRE-II)
  • Direct Beneficiaries: 1179 Girls students, The figure to be swelled around  2300 in upcoming years.
  • Location: District Swat-KP
  • Donor/Partner: CARE International in Pakistan,ROTA Fund
  • PM/Focal name: Ashfaq-ur-Rehman
  • Time Line: 2015-2017

The Swat valley is badly affected by militancy and natural disasters due to which all  aspects of life suffered in general and girls education exclusively Initiative for Development and Empowerment Axis (IDEA) with the technical support of CARE International in Pakistan is implementing a 36- month’s project. The project initiated by IDEA focuses on improving access to grade VI-VIII middle level education for 1,000 girls through second –shifted evening classes, adopting an Accelerated learning model whereby the identified 35 government girls primary schools by IDEA

AIM OF INITIATIVE

Improved access of girls to quality education and enhanced employability of young men and women

IMPLEMENTED ACTIVITIES

The project initiated by IDEA focuses on improving access to grade VI-VIII middle-level education for 1,000 girls through second –shifted evening classes, adopting an Accelerated learning model whereby the identified 35 government girls primary schools by IDEA. The local community girls who have already completed primary education or previously dropped out/discontinued their schooling.After formal approval from the government, IDEA with the technical support of CARE International piloted an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in which the designed and approved the scheme of study have been developed by Directorate of Curriculum and Technical Education (DCTE) for the second level. The DCTE technical staff has been identified as master trainers and trained on the scheme of study, who further conducted training for the IDEA 70 feeder teachers as hired with the agreed criteria developed and approved by District Education Coordination Committee (DECC). These 70 teachers received 18 days training on a scheme of study, pedagogy, lesson plan, classroom management, interactive learning and student assessment. IDEA also conducted advocacy training for the stakeholders, education officials, DECC, DCTE, and PTC,s members for the up-gradation and owning of IDEA ALP schools and girls students. The project is addressing to mitigate the barriers to girls’ education through behavioral change campaigns and advocacy at district and provincial levels. Furthermore, to achieve sustainability in the long run, INSPIRE-II established a Project Steering Committee which is engaged in advocating the ALP at the provincial level for adopting and replication in other districts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

[1]Education for All Monitoring Report, UNESCO, October 2012.http://www.unesco.org/n ew/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/policy-papers/

[2]Annual Report 2011,UNICEF Pakistan, 2011.