Developments in Literacy

DIL is dedicated to providing quality education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, by establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, with a strong focus on gender equality and community participation. No child in Pakistan, no matter how poor or underprivileged, should be denied access to quality education. All children should have equal opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute toward the socio-economic betterment of their communities.
Feb 20, 2014

Hands on Teaching in Remote Pakistani Schools

A DIL Student on her way to school
A DIL Student on her way to school

Developments in Literacy (DIL) supports 30 schools in the remote regions of Pakistan. These community schools enroll over 1,500 students, mostly girls, many of who are the first in their family to attend school. Here are some inspirational stories of quality teaching and learning in one of the most neglected corners of the world:

* In Zarbaig School, students learn math through hands on activities. In order to teach place values, the teacher was observed handing out base ten materials, breaking the children into groups and allowing them time to manipulate the materials and and make observations in their notebooks.There was clearly more clarity and understanding of the content taught.                                                           

 * In Khushmuqam School, teachers are very expressive at story time, and students follow their teacher in mimicing expressions while reading. In one session that was observed, children from Grade 2 read aloud the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.  The teacher paused and asked questions, which the students answered with great enthusiasm. They enjoy and learn from this method of story reading. 

* In Wara Banda School, preschool students are very hands on in circle time. In one session that  was observed, the Kindergarten teacher taught the names of fruits with the help of colorful charts. This was an interactive session where children responded well to the teacher when she asked questions. By the end, the children could name and identify fruits and shapes. To celebrate Environment Day, the children of Wara Banda participated in garbage collection from in and around the school grounds. Teachers report that that these activities are important for awareness raising and modeling to students to keep their environment clean.

Your help makes this possible. Please continue to support these children in receiving a quality education that can empower them for success in school and beyond!



A DIL teacher works with her students
A DIL teacher works with her students
Nov 12, 2013

New Schools Promote Education for Girls

DIL Bagga Sheikhan School
DIL Bagga Sheikhan School

DIL Allamabad Community School

Students in lower Dir face a number of challenges making quality education difficult to obtain: girls drop out of school at the middle and high school level due to a scarcity in educational options, long distances to school and early marriage.

In light of these challenges, the DIL Allamabad Community School in lower Dir, Pakistan is poised to move to a centrally located, purpose-built school with upgraded facilities to better accommodate its growing student population’s needs.  Currently, due to scarcity in resources and land, the school is being run in two locations
in rented buildings. With two rooms each, the 108 students (82 girls and 26 boys) from Classes KG to 7 are forced to sit three classes per room. The location is not accessible by public transport so students have to walk a
distance of 30-40 minutes.

The community has identified the plot of land to begin construction of the new building. The location is in an area accessible to families from neighboring villages, to the satisfaction of many parents that
their children (especially daughters) will not have to walk such long distances. The school will have 9 separate classrooms for each grade, an office, play area, library, computer lab and 4 toilets. The new school will
provide space for expanding to the middle school level further encouraging girls to attend beyond the primary level. The building will be constructed to provide an environment conducive to learning with large rooms for proper seating
arrangements and facilities for allowing students to expand their technology skills.

DIL will provide extensive training to the teachers for all grades and subjects and empower the principal to manage the school effectively. DIL aims to further develop the community to support girls’ education so that future generations of girls will be educated, informed and confident citizens.

DIL Rangali Community School
For the four villages in Rawalapindi, Pakistan served by the newly constructed DIL Rangali Community School, the building stands as a beacon of hope for a brighter future. Before Developments in Literacy (DIL) built and managed this quality school, educating their children was not even aconsideration for most families in this community who survive as low wage agricultural workers and simply cannot afford to send their children to school. Many mothers in this community, who never had the opportunity to learn to read or write, only dreamed of sending their daughters to school. That is until recently.

Today, with the generosity of individuals from around the world, Rangali Community School proudly
serves 224 students, and of those 172 are girls. Students up to Grade 8 fill the newly built classrooms. But enrolling children is really only the first step. DIL’s long-term commitment to providing quality education through tailored
curriculum and teacher training in student-centered pedagogy ensures attendance and positive learning outcomes.

DIL Bagga Sheikhan School

Upon entering Development in Literacy’s BaggaSheikhan School, student and staff pride in this purpose built school is very apparent. The excitement of learning and possibilities is palpable. Bagga Sheikhan School was built in the heart of the village located in rural Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  While the community is supportive of girls’ education, many drop out after grade eight due to distance and travel cost needed to attend secondary school: a situation Developments in Literacy is determined to remedy by adding grade levels to provide a full secondary education.

Currently, the school serves 245 students including 95 boys and 150 girls. With trained teachers, student learning is demonstrated in student work and strong board exam results.  In addition to the expected academics, students have been actively participating in the co-curricular activities, which provide opportunities to develop problem solving and
collaborative skills.

Despite the many exciting accomplishments adorning this beautiful new school, the library at Bagga Sheikhan School needs more resources to meet the full range of grade levels to support the reading development of all the students. Another challenge currently facing the school is the lack of electricity.

The principal has applied for electricity connection and hopes for a positive response soon, as the furnished
computer lab is just waiting to be used. To overcome the electricity issue required for the operation of the
computers in the school, DIL is exploring laptops as an option. Continued donor support will make all the difference in making the library and computer lab fully operational.

Girls Learn in Dir, Pakistan
Girls Learn in Dir, Pakistan
DIL Ranjajali Purpose Built School
DIL Ranjajali Purpose Built School
Aug 13, 2013

Students are well on their way to learning!

Students learn and play at the same time
Students learn and play at the same time

The DIL Jabri School showed tremendous progress in the second quarter of 2013. The teachers are cooperating with each other and the Principal. There is a lot of improvement in the discipline of the students, cleanliness, and punctuality. The principal does not let any teacher take a class without a lesson plan in place for the day. During school visits it was observed that cupboards are well maintained, seating arrangements have improved a lot, the displays on the soft boards are well-maintained according to the guidelines provided and the notice board in the principal's office displays all the required information for the parents and teachers.

Two of the best teachers of the school resigned as both of them had to move with their husbands to Peshawar and Karachi respectively. It is difficult to find a good teachers due to low literacy rate in females of this area as there are no girls schools in the area.  The newly-appointed teachers have been given full support and proper guidelines before they could start teaching. 

The newly-hired KG teacher received training on how to manage her class as did the new English teacher. The Urdu, Science and Math teachers are using the training sessions effectively. They are improving their teaching day by day which is benefitting the students.  These teachers are using the teaching material, charts and reference books properly. For example, the Math teacher is using hands on activity to teach addition and subtraction. 

Jabri students are using the library very well. The students are allowed to take books home. Teachers take the students to library according to their time table, and help them to develop good reading habits.

Favorite Fruit Day was observed in the school in order to bring in awareness among the students of good eating habits. It was well conducted activity. Students were asked to bring a fruit of the season. They brought different summer fruits available in the market. The teachers arranged the fruits and then briefed about the names, taste and how they are useful. Variety of fruits was arranged on the tables and then students enjoyed eating those fruits also. The children enjoyed the activity and at the same time learnt to share with each other.

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