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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!
DIL School Ranjal is located at Mangote Union Council, Rawalpindi. It is a middle school (Nursery-8) with an enrollment of 212 (145 girls and 67 boys) students. There are 12 teachers and a dedicated principal. A Parent Teachers Association (PTA) with is also functional.
The newly constructed building of the School campus was completed in the 1st week of January 2013. The expected completion date of the building was November 2012, but it took 2 more months to be completed.
It is a double story building with a large play area. The building has the following facilities:
The community has been active in installing electric meter in the school. All the electric work and appliances have been installed. The school was shifted to the new building on the 7th of January, 2013.
On the occasion of opening of the school a meeting was held with all the parents, community members, principal and teachers. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the parents about the facility in detail and also their role in maintenance and security of the school premises.
The PTA members and parents thanked DIL for providing their children such a great opportunity of schooling facility. They assured their assistance and coordination in this regard. The PTA put forward its agenda for the next few months:
Upgrading of the school up to level 10 has been recommended for 2013. The program team will be working on implementation once the budget is approved. Ranjali is the only elementary school in the area where poor girls get the opportunity of schooling. Otherwise their parents cannot afford to send them in any other school after grade 5. There is a dire need of upgrading the school up to grade 10.
After the shifting of school to the new building, the teachers of Jabri School have worked hard in improving the standard of the school. Math and English teachers are the setting the example and the other teachers are also following them. The teachers are teaching according to the guides provided to them and planning their lessons. Material provided to them is also being properly used in the classrooms. The students are also showing interest in their studies and the tasks given to them in the classroom.
The English teacher, Rubina Khan, is hard working and competent. She is performing well in her subject and assisting other teachers. She even came up with her own poem to teach her first and second graders the names of days of the week and months of the year.
When it comes to the letter of the week, Rabia writes it on the board and asks the students to pronounce it properly. She then asks them to use parts of their parts to make shapes of the words or use stems of tree and clay to make letters. She then asks the students about the things formed from these letters to make a word wall.
Rabia is also using the library effectively along with her syllabus to clarify grammar and improve reading.
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.
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:
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:
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