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.
Nov 19, 2012

DIL Students Give Thanks...Hear Their Stories

There are nearly 11,600 girls in DIL Schools
There are nearly 11,600 girls in DIL Schools

Meet Sumaira

Sumaira Shaheen lived in Bunni Behk Village in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Her father taught Arabic and with his meager income, he could hardly feed a family of 11. Education was a luxury the family couldn’t afford. To make matters worse, her father believed that girls should not be educated because they become rebellious and disobedient. So Sumaira, along with her eight siblings, did not go to school. The staff at a local DIL school came to know about the new residents in the village and came by to visit. They reasoned with the family to agree to send the girls to school. Given the family’s financial situation, Sumaira and all her sisters enrolled free of cost.  Sumaira is now 12 years old and in Fourth Grade. She is an intelligent girl ranks at the top of her class.

Meet Noor-ul-hudda

12 year old Noor-ul-hudda lives in Sagyoon Village in southern Pakistan. When Noor  was only three years old, her father suffered business losses and went into debt. The family suddenly found itself very poor. When a DIL school opened in her village, Noor’s mother put her to work with a food cart outside the school. A teacher noticed  her and asked Noor why she wasn't erolled. Moved by her condition, the teacher assured her that the school would provide for her expenses. Noor registered for kindergarten the next day while she continued to man the food cart during break. 

“Now my parents are very happy to see me studying and supporting my family. I am thankful to my teachers for their  support,” shares Noor.

Meet Dilshad

Dilshad is the second youngest of 10 siblings in a poor southern village in Pakistan. She  did very well in a DIL school all the way through Eighth Grade. She wanted to continue but family members intervened and Dilshad was forced to stay home to tend for her sick mother. A motivated girl, she did not give up. She asked DIL for a scholarship and promised her family that she would do her share of the chores. They relented and she enrolled in high school. 

Dilshad now wakes up early, fixes breakfast for everyone and then gets ready for school. When she gets back, she does the household chores and supports her family by sewing and doing embroidery. However, she continues to be at the top of her class. Dilshad aim is to ensure girls in her village have the right to go to school. 

Because of your support, DIL can continue to provide girls like Dishad, Noor and Sumaira with the quality education they deserve. As 2012 comes to a close, we find ourselves grateful for your generosity and humbled by the thousands of DIL students and teachers whose indomitable spirits inspire us all.

Oct 11, 2012

Protect Every Girl's Right to an Education - DIL Cited in NYT Article

DIL Students in the Jabri area
DIL Students in the Jabri area
Today marks the first International Day of the Girl, as declared by the United Nations. But even as we celebrate the potential within each child, we pause to honor one girl's courage. The attack on Malala's is shocking and shameful. Her bravery in standing up for her basic right to an education is an inspiration and a call to action.
In an article in the New York Times published on Oct 10th, acclaimed columnist Nikolas Kristoff says, "They shot Malala because girls’ education threatens everything that they stand for. The greatest risk for violent extremists in Pakistan isn’t American drones. It’s educated girls." He also adds:"The Taliban clearly understands the transformative power of girls’ education. Do we?"

 

DIL schools, like the two that we are supporting here, provide quality education to thousands of girls like Malala. DIL sees our communities as partners, and supports a collectivist approach that helps build trust in the place of fear. 
Update from the ground: Construction of the Jabri School has been completed and students moved into the new building in June. DIL is running the school with the help of community members so as to encourage girls enrollment in the school as it is an important priority. The community is very grateful to DIL for constructing such a costly building in such a remote area. The students are very  enthusiastic about their new school sayings that they are enjoying these new classrooms and the big play ground.

Construction on the Ranjali School is over 70% complete and the school is expected to be handed over to DIL in the coming days. Once it opens, the school expects to enroll 170 students of which 68% will be girls. 

A DIL classroom in the Ranjali area
A DIL classroom in the Ranjali area

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Aug 28, 2012

New Campus Ready for Excited Students

Jabri School Building nearing completion
Jabri School Building nearing completion

Jabri School Construction Update: I visited the DIL School Jabri in Balakot on July 30th, 2012. Building work on the single story building is 98 percent completed. The main gate and glass window panes remain, while for the electric meter the demand notice has been submitted and will be installed within 15 days. Thus far, here is a list of completed works:

  • Foundation work completed.
  • School building blocks masonry work completed.
  • CGI sheets & fall ceiling fitting completed.
  • Playground leveling completed.
  • Front and back retaining walls completed.
  • Boundary wall completed.
  • Water tank construction completed.

I have met with the parents of children in the Balakot. They are really happy and full of thanks to DIL Supporters for building a school in their village.

Ranjali School Construction Update: I visited DIL Ranjali school on Wednesday July 18, 2012. The Ranjali school is double story building which is under construction and roughly 60 percent of the work is complete. The ground floor plaster work and first floor brick masonry work will be completed in the next two weeks. Our estimated time for completion of this job is November, 2012. The work details are as follows:

  • Building foundation work completed.
  • Ground floor superstructure completed.
  • Ground floor form work completed.
  • Steel cutting and fixing completed.
  • Ground floor concrete poring completed.
  • Ground floor window protection completed.
  • Ground floor plaster work started.
  • Ground floor earth leveling & compaction started.
  • First floor brick masonry work under process almost 40 percent completed.
  • First floor window protection form works started.
  •  Boundary wall PPC & foundation completed. 
  •  Boundary wall under construction 60 percent completed.
  • Plinth protection under construction 30 percent completed.
  • Septic tank demarcation completed.
  • Septic tank construction completed.

 

Ranjali School - Outside view
Ranjali School - Outside view
Jabri School - Inside a classroom
Jabri School - Inside a classroom
Jabri School - Restrooms
Jabri School - Restrooms
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