Dear Donors, Stakeholders and Wellwishers,
Greetings from Pakistan!
We sincerely hope that this communication will find each and everyone of you in the best of wellbeing, and you will be playing your much needed role in bringing the positive change around you.
SWF has envisioned the project "Multipurpose Libraries for Rural Areas of Pakistan" keeping in view a dynamic and interactive strategy of changing the foundation of society through education. Working for over 5 years across Pakistan primarily in Education, SWF being on ground witnessed a phenomena which unfortunately is common in all developing countries. Education oppertunities may well be available (Although they are in a tragic condition), the mean of education are very traditional, outdated and narrow in all means. Course books are what define the scale of learning and knwoledge, and it ends at this.
The studens lack what is mandatory and basis of education of our time, the "out of box" learning. This approach is nested in interactive, multidiscipline and broad learning through which students can access resource of knowledge as per their discretion, allign themselves to the wealth available in the form of books/ e -learning from across the globe and employ it in expanding their knowledge and personality base.
The search for this led us to the conceptulization of "Multipurpose" libraries, which combine all these oppertunities for primarily four segments of any community which are
a. Students already enrolled but lacking access to interactive learning
b. Out of school children's who can access the resource under volunteer Literacy Facilitators to attain knowledge
c. Adults, with the oppertunity to learn, transfer knwoledge and socialize
d. Women folk, denied access to otherwise educational institutes owing to customs and traditions
Based on this, the model develops a chain of libraries, 30 in all which themselves become a bank of over 15,000 interactive and multifaceted books available to the four segments detailed above. Once operational, it will run as a parallel establishment (Informal) to the already establsihed public sector institutes, nested within them, benefitiing them while opening the doors to left over segments including adults, out of school and women folk.
The model, having been envisioned for one district, will be replicated in other regions to drive the change in Pakistan's society through "out of the box" learning.
SWF is a proud member of GlobalGiving, and we are greatful to the dedicated and comitted team of GG for powering our dreams through this phenomenal and magical crowd funding platform.
It will be not long that from paper, this idea will be translated into a reality through the support of our friends, donors and welllwishers. SWF in this short span of time has established itself as a leading socio-welfare name in Pakistan, with outreach to over 20,000 students in education, over 100,000 patients in health sector and thousands more through community welfare and development programs.
Thank you once again for the trust and support.