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 locationsin 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 adistance 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 thattheir 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 willprovide 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 seatingarrangements 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 SchoolFor 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 proudlyserves 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 tailoredcurriculum 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 andcollaborative 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 furnishedcomputer lab is just waiting to be used. To overcome the electricity issue required for the operation of thecomputers 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.
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