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 13, 2013

Female entreprenuers take-off in rural Pakistan

Asia Janwari - 15 year old Student & Entrepreneur
Asia Janwari - 15 year old Student & Entrepreneur

DIL has helped transformed the lives of so many girls in Pakistan and embarked them on a journey of self-actualization. Asia Janwari, a graduate student of DIL Janwri Goth School is one of them. She has demonstrated the true spirit of self-help that our curricuum integrates at every level. Over the last two years, DIL has been supporting graduate students with micorloans. Asia herself opened a shop in her home, after prolonged negotiations with her parents. Now she is an income generating individual in her household.

With the help of her principal, a loan of Rs 5,000 ($50) was arranged for which she used to get going. She is managing her shop very well now and she has upgraded it and stocked it with basic necessities, confectionary and handicraft items which she makes herself including quilting and and embroidery items. Asia is meeting her monthly repayment plan of Rs 1,000 monthly ($10) and has almost paid off the initial loan.

When she was asked about why she initially left school, Asia responded: "My younger sister was diagnosed with heart disease. I left school to help support her medical needs. She is making a promising recovery and is now going to school at the nursery level.  I have also decided to continue my studies by enrolling in middle school. I am so much more confident after running the shop and I thnk my teachers for supporting me."

May 14, 2013

Students Thrive with Hands on Learning

A DIL Teacher trained to demonstrate electricity
A DIL Teacher trained to demonstrate electricity

Greetings,

For this next report, we put together stories from our schools across the Khyper Pakhtunwa district. Female literacy in these areas is as low as 8%. The 33 DIL schools enroll close to 2,000 students, of which 90% are girls:

First, up, the Kala Dehri Primary School: Students of First Grade made trash cans. The teacher taught to the students about cleanliness, health and hygiene. During the hands on activity, the teacher used color paper, a tin box, scotch tape, glue sticks.  All the students actively participated in making trash cans for their class rooms. The teacher then asked her students: "Do you like cleanliness?" Students replied "Yes. They added, "We don’t throw the waste here and there, and use the empty trash can." Seems simple - but for these students it is the first time this concept has been made so tanglible and real to them!

CBS Saif Abad Primary School: Miss Haleema has made ‘vegetable caps’ and ‘fruit caps’ for Kindergarten students. The teacher has attended DIL's Early Childhood Education training. During class, the students learnt the names of vegetables and fruits such as onions, potatoes, mangoes and apples. The children were excited to wear the caps. The teacher has made a weather chart and time chart for students. The Kindergaten students are very responsive and enjoyed the activity. Reminds you of your Kindergarten days!

CBS Khambo Primary School: Miss Humaira, a science teacher, made  a pinhole camera. She showed the students how the camera works and later the children themselves made cameras. Miss Humaira also demonstrated concepts such as electricity, cells, conductors and non conductors. In one of the experiments, the students connected a bulb, a conductor and cell and the bulb went on. DIL teachers push the children to work on their own and look for answers. They only help where needed. Every student performed this experiment and learnt that current only passes through conductors.  

Feb 12, 2013

Rabia Story: One Woman's Journey to Education

A DIL Teacher works to change perceptions
A DIL Teacher works to change perceptions

A DIL Teacher, Rabia, shares this moving acocunt of a journey to education redefines what it means to be honorable in her culture. She explains how her education became important to her father, why he was so determined for her to continue her schooling, and finally, the honor education eventually brought to her family:

"I wanted to quit school. I was the first woman in my community to go to school and then to college. I felt so ashamed when I saw my name written all over the walls of my school. I had done nothing wrong but still felt that I had maligned my family’s name."  

"My father’s story is interesting. He was never that much interested in educating his children. My elder sisters never went to school and though my brothers were in school, he would make them work in the fields. There was this one incident that completely changed his views on education. My father visited my brother’s school to socialize with the teachers who were also his friends.…As my father entered the school, all the teachers came running to congratulate him because my brother had received a 100 % result in mathematics. My father was so surprised and touched by this reception. He never thought that education could bring him so much respect. After that, he decided that he would educate his children."

"My sisters were too old to go to school but I was still young. My own uncles said nasty things about me going to a boys’ school. There were no girls’ school in our village at that time. But my father was a very strong person and did not care about what people said. Today the same brother and uncles who opposed my education, come to me to help their children with studies. People respect me wherever I go because I am a teacher; they say my father’s name with respect because I teach their children."