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.
Aug 14, 2014

Internet and Changing Mindsets...a DIL School at Work

Girls go from selling eggs to enrolling in school
Girls go from selling eggs to enrolling in school

The computer lab at the DIL Ranjali School is enhancing the capacity of the students with the modern methods of teaching and “learning by doing”.

Through its newlly-established internet connection, the school computer lab enables students to learn more about the world outside their villages. The computer lab is also facilitating the teachers’ Mobile Learning project, whereby they use the facility to download video lessons.

Students are also encouraged to make presentations on topics in core subjects and use Wikipedia to search for information. 

The DIL project management team continues to  observe the school performance and provide guidance where needed. During the visit following areas have been covered:

• School management and administration 

• Teacher lesson plans and delivery 

• Student learning and participation in classroom activities 

Future plans for the rest of the year include improving classroom displays and improving the school discipline in terms of attendance and time management. 

Even with a quality school in the village itself, changing mindsets towards education is an on-going challenge. Recently, two sisters from a village near by the school came to sell eggs and on investigating the situation, the Principal was told that they had to discontinue education due to family poverty and, having no brothers, they were charged with looking after the livestock. Their parents forced them to leave the school. Their father was in Karachi in search of work. When the parents were contacted, they did not have a positive attitude towards schooling and education.

The Principal with the help of teachers and members of community were able to convey the importance of an education. She secured the help of a family relative and managed to retain both children in school.

Internet opens up access to the world
Internet opens up access to the world
Jun 2, 2014

Students Grow and Learn in a Compassionate and Child-Centered Environment

DIL Students on their way to school
DIL Students on their way to school

The year got off to a strong start at the Jabri Campus.  Jabri is a remote area where people are mostly communicating in their local language. The teachers are trying their best to encourage children to speak English as much as possible. The principal took an initiative to address this in a meeting, encouraging the switch to English in class and outside the classroom. Following a daily routine, teachers were instructed to use words and sentences in English. During her daily observation, the principal provided any assistance as required.

The library period is being as held as scheduled in their timetable. In the new academic year, the school will have a dedicated librarian. As observed, the children are taking interest in reading stories and retelling these to their class and teachers.

All the teachers are preparing activity material as per lesson plan. The math teacher has developed a vocabulary tree for each grade and has placed them appropriately in the classroom. After reading a mathematical term, it is added on the math concept tree. In this way it becomes easy for the students to easily understand the mathematical terms.

And now the story of one of our students whose life you have touched:

Eisa is a 2nd Grader who was a quiet child. He did not mix with other children. His just wanted to pass the exams although he did not show much interest in the studies. He was under observation by the Principal and the teachers, who were concerned about his attitude, behavior and academics in school. The Principal called a meeting of all the teachers and gave them the task to work with the child to bring him to the level of the class.

As a result, the teachers gave special attention to him. They appreciated and encouraged his work and was made the leader of the group he worked in. His work was displayed in the class. He was also given the class responsibility which he easily managed. Getting him involved in such activities and encouraging him to socialize with other kids helped build his self-esteem. With the efforts of the teachers Eisa started taking interest in his studies, secured a second position in the class and also started to make friends more easily.  

Thanks to your support, the Jabri School campus is headed into a great year ahead!

May 19, 2014

A Principal Goes the Distance

Change the life of a girl through education
Change the life of a girl through education

Shumaila, a 5th Grader  Shumaila was absent for more than a month. The principal asked her class mates to looking on her and also send a message to her mother to come in to school but neither Shumaila nor her mother ever showed up. Instead she sent back words: “I have no interest to get education”.

These words set the principal thinking. She set out for Shumaila's home to pay her a visit. As she questioned Shumaila quite crossly, it emerged that Shumaila's father had married second time with a child Shumaila's own age. “My father will soon will arrange my marriage and my new mother is my best friend, so I want to stay with her all the time," Shumaila said.

The principal acknowledged her fears and advised her if she studied further, she could fight for her rights. She further explained to her that time was very precious and not to be wasted. After this advice, Shumaila's outlook on life changed. She realized the importance of her education and promised that from next day on, she would come and continue her education with all her heart. She is now a regular and punctual student at the school. 

Your support is critical to girls like Shumaila - with your help, our team can continue their outreach to out of school girls and mentor them to complete their education.Girls who complete primary education are less likely to get married before the age of 18 or become victims of domestic abuse. A child of a mother who can read is twice as likely to live past the age of 5. 

Change the direction of Pakistan's next generation...provide quality education to Pakistan's girls. 

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