Primary Education Project

The mission of the Primary Education Project is to provide sustainable, quality education, especially for girls, without discrimination, in unreached marginalized communities, developing the skills of teachers and creating a network of effective leaders through wide-ranging training programs.
Mar 20, 2015

Its All About Changing People's Lives

Giyan
Giyan's School

Dear Friend, we are very happy to be writing this year's first report for Global Giving. Through this report you will learn about the achievements of Primary Education Project throughout 2014, and about the new activities taking place in our project, this year. So read on!

64 village LEAP schools had become self supporting during 2014, and PEP has established 14 more village LEAP schools in 2015. PEP currently has 78 village LEAP schools running in five areas of Rural Sindh.

NEW SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Recently in 2014, PEP was able to construct 5 new school buildings for the sustainable schools that gave children a better environment to study. According to the PEP policy, school buildings are constructed for those schools who are able to prove their sustainability, and  their commitment to education. The achievement of new school buildings has raised the villagers status among other villages, and has encouraged them to maintain their position.

The 5 village LEAP schools have been selected on the basis of the School Management Committee's (SMC) ownership, commitment and motivation for the long term sustainability of their schools.

WOMEN'S PROGRESS

Women at the other hand, have been supported through the Women's Empowerment Program (WEP) and have made a big difference in encouraging other women to join WEG groups. Through establishing new 14 WEG groups in each village, the women were able to have the awareness about girls' education, early marriage, health and hygiene, human rights and savings. This awareness helped to increase the enrollment of girls in the PEP schools, and a lot of women understood the importance of education for a girl. 

TRAINING FOR RURAL TEACHERS

The teachers of our schools have been very committed to the purpose of teaching and developing the potential of children. The PEP Teacher Training (ITEP) serves as the core of our project, as we aim to build an effective network of teachers that can lead their communities to an educated future. We are very privileged to witness PEP teachers grow in confidence and in potential through PEP trainings.

DISCOVER HOW GIYAN AND HIS FAMILY WERE BENEFITED THROUGH THE PROGRAMS OF PEP

Giyan is one of the qualified teachers at PEP school. He had a tough life in his young years and he had to struggle for a quite long time to get an education. His father had passed away when he was very young, and since then he worked hard to help his family as well as for achieving an educated future. When he attended the Initial Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) in 2009, he was able to develop his potential in teaching and that gave him the confidence to teach the poor children of his village.

As Giyan’s mother worked in the cotton field, she had to face some hardships because the crop season only lasts  six months and so for the rest of the year it was difficult for her to earn enough income. Giyan became worried about this as each family member has to pool their income so that they have sufficient resources for the whole family.

PEP gave the village an opportunity to start a WEG Group and Gian’s sister became a member. 30 women from their village joined the group and the members saved  money regularly and used it to help each other.

Giyan realized that this would be an effective way to increase their family income. He suggested his mother take a loan to start a sewing business. It was successful, and from the profits she and her daughter paid back a loan they had taken.

Through the WEG, Giyan was able to help his family and his mother earn sufficient income and have inner satisfaction from their achievements. They have understood their rights and what it means to help one another.

By having WEG in each village, the women now have a chance to make themselves self-reliant and purposeful members for their communities.

 EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT PEP

  • The monitoring team of PEP is visiting the 14 new PEP schools that have been started from 2015, to monitor the children's progress.
  • The team is also involved in taking the Annual Status Of Education Report (ASER) tests from the older PEP schools. These tests will be measured for the ASER Report 2015, as we aim to support the government in reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for Pakistan.
  • 14 new hand pumps and two attach washrooms (for girl and boy) are to be built in the new PEP schools this year.
  • The school building construction has been started for the 3 PEP schools since February.
One of the 5 PEP Schools, Built in 2014
One of the 5 PEP Schools, Built in 2014
Hand pumps and Washrooms at PEP schools!
Hand pumps and Washrooms at PEP schools!
Giyan
Giyan's Family
Teacher Training (ITEP) at PEP
Teacher Training (ITEP) at PEP
A Women
A Women's Empowerment Training in 2015

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Dec 23, 2014

Has your faith, ever wavered in time of distress?

The school in hut
The school in hut

Deep in the heart of Sindh, there was a community that experienced a time, they won’t forget.

This community belonged to a Hindu (Kachhi Kholi) caste that opened a school in 2005 with the help of Primary Education Project.

The people of this village always had a dream to provide quality education to their children. When the field team of PEP met with the landlord of the village, they were delighted to find a hope of an educated future. The landlord of the village wanted his people to be educated. So, the Primary Education Project opened a school in their village, and the community experienced great joy by this gift of life.   

After the school was made, the people of the village started to witness the gifts of quality education from the Village LEAP School.

But, on the way of success, there are always challenges to be faced.

The Kheto Patel village faced a dangerous challenge that shook their hope in a better tomorrow.

During the monsoon floods, the school in Kheto Patel village was severely damaged leaving the students with no hope. The disaster had caused a great loss of academic studies for the children, and it would take several months to build a new school.

But, even in such a challenging time, the community did not lose heart. They showed great courage and they were determined to find solution for their loss. They did not want the children to lose their precious time of study, which is why they decided to continue the school. They built a school in a small hut and encouraged the children to come to study.

The children started to come to their new hut school, and soon they started a regular system of study once again. Through their faith, they experienced a light of hope in darkness.

Today the community members of the village have managed to rebuild their school in a hut, but the danger of the floods in the coming year is still looming over their village.

This village needs a proper school building so that the children could have a safe environment to study and the light of education would always be burning among the students of PEP school. 

This holiday season, give a gift of life by building a school in rural Sindh. 

After floods
After floods

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Sep 15, 2014

What would you do if you were at Ali's place?

Ali drawing in his school.
Ali drawing in his school.

When you were 10, what did you do?

Play with your dog? Ride your bike? Bake cookies with your mom?

When Ali was 10, he did none of these things.

Ali loved school. He felt that his school was a safe place to be, that it gave him strength, and that his “brain got very big,” there. However, the teacher confronted Ali one day and told him that Ali’s father had not been paying his school fees. At PEP schools, every child pays 100 rupees (about $1 or 65 p) per month to ensure they are dedicated to coming to the school and to build community ownership of the school. The teacher thought it was odd that Ali’s parents had not paid, as parents rarely have complaints that the fee is too much of a financial burden for them.

But Ali knew why. Ali’s father was an alcoholic and had refused to go to work to support his family. If his father did go to work, he spent all the money on cigarettes and alcohol. Ali, his mother, and his 3 younger siblings had to start working after school to help buy food for their family. When summer break came, Ali’s father was still not supporting his father so instead, Ali worked everyday in the fields and did jobs around his village so that he could earn enough money to support his family. At the end of the summer, Ali had made enough to keep himself and his 3 younger siblings in school for the next year, to buy a new outfit for each of his siblings, and had money left over to give to his mother for food!

Ali also gained confidence that summer. When school started, he stood up to his father. He told him that he should not be wasting money on alcohol when his family had needs to be met. He even threatened to leave with his younger siblings and move in with relatives if his father didn’t stop drinking. Today, Ali’s father is working more and drinking less. He helped tell this story to PEP because he is proud of his son.

Ali says that he learned determination and courage in school. He said that in school they taught him how to accomplish his dreams. 

Today because of great donors like you, PEP students like Ali are determined to become change agents for their communities!

Thank you for partnering with Primary Education Project to nourish poor students by providing them with quality education and encouraging them to become the source of light to other people. 

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