The computer lab at the DIL Ranjali School is enhancing the capacity of the students with the modern methods of teaching and “learning by doing”.
Through its newlly-established internet connection, the school computer lab enables students to learn more about the world outside their villages. The computer lab is also facilitating the teachers’ Mobile Learning project, whereby they use the facility to download video lessons.
Students are also encouraged to make presentations on topics in core subjects and use Wikipedia to search for information.
The DIL project management team continues to observe the school performance and provide guidance where needed. During the visit following areas have been covered:
• School management and administration
• Teacher lesson plans and delivery
• Student learning and participation in classroom activities
Future plans for the rest of the year include improving classroom displays and improving the school discipline in terms of attendance and time management.
Even with a quality school in the village itself, changing mindsets towards education is an on-going challenge. Recently, two sisters from a village near by the school came to sell eggs and on investigating the situation, the Principal was told that they had to discontinue education due to family poverty and, having no brothers, they were charged with looking after the livestock. Their parents forced them to leave the school. Their father was in Karachi in search of work. When the parents were contacted, they did not have a positive attitude towards schooling and education.
The Principal with the help of teachers and members of community were able to convey the importance of an education. She secured the help of a family relative and managed to retain both children in school.
The year got off to a strong start at the Jabri Campus. Jabri is a remote area where people are mostly communicating in their local language. The teachers are trying their best to encourage children to speak English as much as possible. The principal took an initiative to address this in a meeting, encouraging the switch to English in class and outside the classroom. Following a daily routine, teachers were instructed to use words and sentences in English. During her daily observation, the principal provided any assistance as required.
The library period is being as held as scheduled in their timetable. In the new academic year, the school will have a dedicated librarian. As observed, the children are taking interest in reading stories and retelling these to their class and teachers.
All the teachers are preparing activity material as per lesson plan. The math teacher has developed a vocabulary tree for each grade and has placed them appropriately in the classroom. After reading a mathematical term, it is added on the math concept tree. In this way it becomes easy for the students to easily understand the mathematical terms.
And now the story of one of our students whose life you have touched:
Eisa is a 2nd Grader who was a quiet child. He did not mix with other children. His just wanted to pass the exams although he did not show much interest in the studies. He was under observation by the Principal and the teachers, who were concerned about his attitude, behavior and academics in school. The Principal called a meeting of all the teachers and gave them the task to work with the child to bring him to the level of the class.
As a result, the teachers gave special attention to him. They appreciated and encouraged his work and was made the leader of the group he worked in. His work was displayed in the class. He was also given the class responsibility which he easily managed. Getting him involved in such activities and encouraging him to socialize with other kids helped build his self-esteem. With the efforts of the teachers Eisa started taking interest in his studies, secured a second position in the class and also started to make friends more easily.
Thanks to your support, the Jabri School campus is headed into a great year ahead!
In the last quarter of 2014, the Jabri School received new supplies and materials which have helped enhance learning at the school. The library was provided with additional books and the teachers were trained in Library Management.
Classroom furniture and supplies and material have been provided to the school. As a result, classroom displays have improved; these are more organized and regularly changed as per topic taught, these are also checked for correct spellings and grammar. Students have been made in charge of the displays, changed and pasted accordingly, students are encouraged to paste their display on the soft board are related to the topic. All classroom blackboards are being maintained teachers are ensuring that the seating arrangement is according to the activities planned by the teachers.
The principal now ensures that the teachers are planning their lesson plan and also have activities are well prepared.They have with them Math and Science Kits as well as Early Childhood Education materials and thereby are able to design different activities that build creative thinking and ability to explore.
Centralized Midterm exams were held in the month of November. The teachers made sure that study guides, reference books and the Course Outline was followed properly. The principal also kept a close check on scheme of work provided.
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.
Here is the latest school report from the school that YOU helped build:
The Jabri School is progressing well and the staff is determined to improve the academic standards. Activities are arranged according to the annual activity calendar. For the morning assembly, teachers have been assigned duties, each class has to make a short presentation for creating awareness on the issues selected that the students present in group or individually.
The school has an elected head girl and a head boy from the senior most class.These school representatives have been assigned duties, such as keeping the play areas clean and ensuring that lights are turned off after a class leaves for an activity.
Earlier each classroom had charts pasted on the wall. These charts were removed and soft boards were fixed. The material on the soft boards includes diagrams, a word wall and students work.The teachers are giving tehs students a chance to the child to come up with their own ideas and discuss. During the class, proper guidance and instructions are being given to the students. Earlier the answers to questions were written on the board and the children would copy on their note books. The new practice is that the students are taught the concept and allowed time to respond in their own language instead of dictated sentences.
Miss Farzana Khan, the science teacher, believes in practical work for a better understanding of theory. Wen giving a lesson on the concept of solid, liquid and gas to Third Grade students, the teacher provided materials and explained the properties of these states. The teacher divided the class into three groups to work on each state assigned to them. Each group was asked to talk about the state after they had conducted the experiment.
As an assignment the students were given the task to look around for more examples and bring it the next day for class discussion. This activity was useful and there was more clarity on the state of matter.
Similarly in English, to clear the concept of action words, the students of First & Second Grade were taken outdoors to work on action words. The teacher said the action word and the students were supposed to act and say the word like "stop", "jump", "walk", "run" and "sit". The students did it very well!
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