Early childhood education is an important step in ensuring academic success later in life. It improves primary school performance, raises math and language abilities, sharpens thinking and attention skills and it lowers school drop out rates. At the pre-primary level, BRAC targets underprivileged children to prepare them for mainstream primary school entry. Students who graduate from the BRAC model of pre-primary education, do better on secondary school entrance examinations that their mainstream school system counterparts.
BRAC Pakistan initiated its eduation program in 2009 on a pilot basis, using BRAC's success in Bangladesh in this field by establishing pre-primary and primary schools in order to promote greater access to eduation in the country and reduce the drop-out rate from government schools. Through support from our partners, BRAC Pakistan opened 20 pre-primary schools in the Haripur district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK). A total of 50 pre-primary schools in Haripur have been completed and 1,454 students have graduated.
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Thanks to initial funding from our partners, BRAC staff in Pakistan has begun recruiting and training local women as teachers to staff the early childhood education centers. BRAC aims to have one local woman placed in every school in the effort to create a girl-friendly learning space, as another of BRAC's overall objectives for this project is to change negative cultural beliefs about educating girls.
As of December 2013, 585 teachers have been trained according to the BRAC methodology. Each school will have one local woman teacher with at least a SSC graduate qualification. The teachers are developed as para-professionals who receive training in child care and development, child psychology and pedagogy materials. Each teacher receives 12 days comprehensive basic training, a three-day new school orientation, as well weekly on-site classroom supervision. BRAC also offers monthly refresher courses.
BRAC Pakistan has also begun establishing the early childhood education centers in communities across seven districts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. With your help, BRAC can continue this important work in one of the most impoverished provinces in the country.
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