Educate 1,500 Children in Pakistan's Northern Area

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. 


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

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
May 14, 2013

Students Thrive with Hands on Learning

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


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.  

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