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

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.

Aug 13, 2013

Empowering Students for Success

A teacher
A teacher's love goes a long way

Habiba's Story - My name is Habiba. I had to drop out of school when I was in Grade 2. I am the eldest among my 5 siblings and when my mother fell ill,  there was no other support in the family to look after her. I stayed home for two years doing the household chores and looking after my mother and my brothers and sisters. When my mother recovered from her illness, I applied to rejoin school and, with the support of my teachers, I quickly made up for the lost time. Now I am in the same class with my friends. Thank you DIL Khambo....

Nodia's Story - My name is Nodia. I am enrolled in Grade 4 at Buth Qala School. I joined the school four years ago. At frist, it was very hard for me to speak in the classroom. I enjoyed the work we did and my teachers often praised me for my creativity, but being shy, I did not raise my hand in class or participate in after school activities. Well, my teachers did not give up and today, with my parents' support, I forward to school alot more and have more friends. I really enjoy art class. I have been desinging different things out of clay and enjoying making things for my family. 

After-school activites that build confidence
After-school activites that build confidence
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."

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