Samia and Amjad at the Centre
Samia, 7, and Amjad, 8, are siblings who live in Abdul Sattar Bachani, a small village in Sindh, Pakistan. With two young children in the house, their parents have high aspirations for their futures, and the lack of schools in their locality had been an area of discontent with the rearing of their children. That is, until SABAQ’s intervention.
We, at SABAQ, have since opened up a non-formal learning centre in the village with the objective of educating all young minds in the vicinity. Over the last year, Samia and Amjad have been studying through our digital content. During this time, they have developed a respectable understanding of new languages and basic math, which is what our cause is all about: disseminating basic literacy and numeracy to children without access to schools.
The Facilitator (community educator) at their Centre, Fahad, believes they have immense potential. “Last week while I was teaching them about grass letters, Amjad knew all the right answers as though almost instinctively. I’m honestly so pleassantly surprised at the amount of knowledge these kids can pick up so easily. I love teaching them all.”
Due to your generous donations to our cause, the SABAQ Centre in Abdul Sattar Bachani was among the first batch of learning centres to receive Education Kits, and children responded to the resources splendidly. The kids were excited to learn through playing by using flash cards, solving puzzles, reading time and matching it with the appropriate clock image, etc. Even the facilitators at learning centres are excited to teach their students in new, innovative ways.
Fahad has been teaching at the Abdul Sattar Bachani Centre since its inception. As part of the same community, he has a deep vested interest in seeing kids there learn and progress well in the society. He has greatly enjoyed teaching with tablets and thinks the Education Kits would not just help kids learn and understand these concepts better, but also apply their cognitive skills in terms of real-world applications. “When I teach them with the tablets, it’s easy for them to learn by tracing out letters and new words, but kids can only really learn by repeatedly practicing what they’re learning. And since they attend classes 2-3 hours a day, there isn’t enough time for them to learn new things and practice them on the tablets in class. That’s why the workbooks are a brilliant addition. This way they can learn through tablets, and afterwards, everybody gets equal time to practice their learning.”
The Education Kit provided to each Centre includes:
- English reading books
- Urdu reading books
- Math workbooks
- English workbooks
- Urdu workbooks
- Flash cards
- Math puzzles
- Creative pattern puzzles
These sets have been expressly curated to enhance children’s critical thinking and analytical skills and intend to fulfil our core drive to provide the children of our centres with the best education and early development possible. Which is why we would like to thank all our charitable donors for believing in our cause at this time. Providing a $60 kit to 500 centres is a large undertaking and presently, your efforts have helped us gather the funds to make these resources available to 125 of our learning centres.
Students at Abdul Sattar Bachani Centre
Placing a flash card in the right pocket