Sewa Development Trust Sindh is participating in the 'Take a Child to School Programme' - Ilm-Possible, implemented by the British Council Pakistan.
SDTS set up its 'Take a Child to School' stall in the National Exchange on 31st March, 2015, in Shah Abdul Latif University-SALU Khairpur; the event was organised by Bhittai Social Watch & Advocacy (BSWA).
More than 100 people visited the SDTS stall and took a keen interest in the TACS program, SDTS publications and IEC material which were distributed.
The stall was visited by MNA Nafisa Shah and Vice Chancellor SALU Khairpur.
The following are five case studies written by SDTS volunteers, who are engaged in the programme entitled 'Take a Child to School'.
Mairajulhaq Sahito, TACS Volunteer from Khuhra, Khairpur
With the grace of Allah Almighty and after getting training for “Take A Child to School” (TACS) organized by SDTS with the support of British Council, our team started surveying nearby the villages of Gharibabad, Mohalla, and Khuhra. We found many children were not getting an education anywhere.
We met with their parents and convinced them to send their children to schools, but the parents were not willing to enroll their children into government schools because of [lack of] quality education; as in our team we are teachers in private schools, we decided to have a meeting with our management to support needy and poor children to enroll them into private schools.
Out of them, our main achievement up to now is that we had a meeting with two private schools in our town. When we met with the principals of the schools and told them about how we have been working voluntarily for the noble cause in which no child will remain illiterate in our society, they cordially participated with us. We mobilized them on 10% free quota for poor students, and we’ll enroll out-of-school children (OSC) into their schools and they’ll not charge any fees from them.
With the persuasion of the volunteers, those schools have admitted our children on the basis of 10 % quota for poor people. Hence, we have enrolled more than 75 boys and girls of our locality in those schools. Our team and the Mohalla committee are now working for the provision of their dresses and books.
With this start, we hope that very soon we will have a real educated society and our youth will certainly have a bright future.
'Volunteering for Education' - Ghulam Hussain Tabasum, TACS Volunteer from AGRA Khairpur
I’m an artist by profession, writing poems, painting and other different things; I had never been involved in any volunteering activity before Active Citizen and TACS; I enrolled out-of-school children in Government Boys Primary School (GBPS) Fakir Nanik Yousif.
After enrollment – whenever I visited schools, I found student absenteeism in the school; I had meetings with parents and teachers, but still, the students were not regular to come, so I decided to come to school three days a week to find out where the problem was. I found that there were not any extracurricular activities in the school such as games, drawing class, and song competitions.
I took the initative to meet with the head teacher and offered my services as a drawing teacher and to engage students in extracurricular activities.
By doing this, all I found were good results so that now, students have been taking an interest in studying – shaping their future and taking part in all the competitions at school level.
Aftab Narejo, Samaj Sudharak Foundation, TACS Volunteer from Naudaro, Larkkano
I’m a 24 year-old business gradate from Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABST) Larkano. After the TACS training workshop, it was a big challenge for me to enroll out-of-school children (OSC) into government schools because teachers did not cooperate, parents were not willing to teach their children, and there was not any social group present in my village to support me.
So finally, I decided to start my social group to support this cause of education.
I nominated a few of my friends for TACS training to mobilize them to work with me, and as they got training, we started to work in groups and the formula worked. Then we finally decided to start our NGO named SAMAAJ SUDHAR.
Now with the support of my team, we all enrolled OSC children and regularly visit the school in a group. We also formed a Mohallah committee in Union Council (UC) Naudaro for more support.
'This is My School' - Suhbat Ali Memon, TACS Volunteer from UC Naich, Larkano
Government Boys Primary School Rahim Bughio is the school where I studied my primary classes but today, there is a low ratio of enrollment and Government Girls Middle School Rahim Bugio has been closed for many years due to low ratio of enrollment and lack of interest of the district education department. Due to teachers' absenteeism in schools, parents don't allow children to go school.
Taking the Initiative
I took the initiative to meet with the head teacher and offered my voluntary services to the school; after teaching as a volunteer, I mobilized all the male teachers to start a campaign to reopen the girls' middle school.
All the teachers and parents supported me; we met with the director of education and the district education officer (D.E.O.) of Larkano, but did not get a good response. Then we decided to block the airport road and demanded to call Mr. Nisar Khuhro for talks and the DEO came and promised that school will reopen in the new session 2015.
Finally, we achieved success in our mission and hope the school will be reopened in the new admission session as per the promised agreement of the D.E.O.
'Study Trip' - Shahid Ali Lashari, TACS Volunteer from UC Naich, Larkano
In our society, all the private schools and other institutes were arranging study tours and other types of activities for their students, but the government schools cannot provide any study tour or such a type of activity for students, through which students can enrich their education.
Being ILM-Ambassador (education ambassador) and teacher at Government Boys Primary School (GBPS) Safar Jatoi Larkano, I decided to organize a trip for my students.
Initially, it looked impossible, but as I started working on this it seemed possible because I’m volunteering for the Ilm-Possible project and so I determined to organise one drip to Moen-jo Daro, a historical place near Larkano. The Ilm-Possible project is a project implemented by Sewa Development Trust Sindh with the support of the British Council Pakistan, to provide training to youth for the enrollment of out-of-school children.
We – the school teachers, started to get support for and raise funds for the trip; we met with Deputy Commissioner Larkano to get permission and told him about our work and progress in enrollment after the TACS project. He issued us a permission letter of visit.
Finally, by the blessing of Allah, all of us teachers and students of GBPS Saffar Jatoi were ready to go for the trip. The students who haven't even a slipper and wearing wage-clothes were in the best mood of joy through this study tour.
Our caravan of study tour was welcomed by Mukhtiarkar Talka Dokri Mr.Amjad ali Qazi. In this respect. The Larkana chamber of commerce also sponsored us with refreshments. The museum, stupa [Buddist monument containing sacred relics] and other heritage sites of Moen-jo-Daro were visited by the students.
A guide was provided by the commissioner of Larkana who told the students about the history of national heritage. All the students enjoyed themselves and learned a lot. Refreshment was given by the commissioner at the end of the tour.
Ilm-Possible - Take a Child to School Programme
As per the Constitution of Pakistan, every child aged 5 to 16 years is entitled to free and compulsory education under Article 25-A.Yet, recent estimates suggest that more than 6 million children are out of school across Pakistan. The service delivery of quality education needs to be strengthened and reformed extensively and communities and young people also need to come together to support a culture that promotes literacy and education and take on a collective responsibility for the future of Pakistani children.
In partnership with EAC (Educate a Child), the British Council in Pakistan is expanding the current Ilm-Possible programme to cover 60 districts covering all provinces of the country in order to reach 135,000 out of school children with quality primary education.
Ilm-Possible is implemented by the British Council Pakistan with close partnerships with Children’s Global Network (CGN), School of Leadership Foundation and Fair And Free Election (FAFEN). The project expands the current Ilm-Possible programme of the British Council and the Government of Pakistan to cover 60 districts covering all provinces of the country.