Quality Schools for 25,000 of Pakistan's Poor

by Developments in Literacy
The School You Built...
The School You Built...


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!

Learning about science
Learning about science
The Ranjali School Building
The Ranjali School Building

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:

  • 12 classrooms
  • Principal office with attached washroom
  • Staff room with attached washroom
  • Clerk office and store
  • Dedicated Library 
  • Dedicated room for computer lab 
  • Six washrooms (3 for boys and 3 for girls)
  • Small Kitchen 
  • 2 terraces  
  • Play Area with boundary wall

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: 

  • School registration
  • Opening bank account for the school fee
  • Construction of pavement inside the school
  • Construction of drain outside the school for rain water coming out from the school building 
  • Fund raising for the school to fulfill the school requirement s other than what DIL provides
  • Plantation in the play area

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. 

Students use a word puzzle to learn English
Students use a word puzzle to learn English

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. 

The students in Rabia's class at the brand new campus in Jabri give thanks to you, our donor, for making their education a reality. Meanwhile, the school at Ranjali is near completion and will open its doors to new students shortly and the exictement is building up!
Rabia engages early graders in English learning
Rabia engages early graders in English learning
Using library books to reinforce the classroom
Using library books to reinforce the classroom


DIL Students in the Jabri area
DIL Students in the Jabri area
Today marks the first International Day of the Girl, as declared by the United Nations. But even as we celebrate the potential within each child, we pause to honor one girl's courage. The attack on Malala's is shocking and shameful. Her bravery in standing up for her basic right to an education is an inspiration and a call to action.
In an article in the New York Times published on Oct 10th, acclaimed columnist Nikolas Kristoff says, "They shot Malala because girls’ education threatens everything that they stand for. The greatest risk for violent extremists in Pakistan isn’t American drones. It’s educated girls." He also adds:"The Taliban clearly understands the transformative power of girls’ education. Do we?"


DIL schools, like the two that we are supporting here, provide quality education to thousands of girls like Malala. DIL sees our communities as partners, and supports a collectivist approach that helps build trust in the place of fear. 
Update from the ground: Construction of the Jabri School has been completed and students moved into the new building in June. DIL is running the school with the help of community members so as to encourage girls enrollment in the school as it is an important priority. The community is very grateful to DIL for constructing such a costly building in such a remote area. The students are very  enthusiastic about their new school sayings that they are enjoying these new classrooms and the big play ground.

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. 

A DIL classroom in the Ranjali area
A DIL classroom in the Ranjali area


Jabri School Building nearing completion
Jabri School Building nearing completion

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:

  • Foundation work completed.
  • School building blocks masonry work completed.
  • CGI sheets & fall ceiling fitting completed.
  • Playground leveling completed.
  • Front and back retaining walls completed.
  • Boundary wall completed.
  • Water tank construction completed.

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:

  • Building foundation work completed.
  • Ground floor superstructure completed.
  • Ground floor form work completed.
  • Steel cutting and fixing completed.
  • Ground floor concrete poring completed.
  • Ground floor window protection completed.
  • Ground floor plaster work started.
  • Ground floor earth leveling & compaction started.
  • First floor brick masonry work under process almost 40 percent completed.
  • First floor window protection form works started.
  •  Boundary wall PPC & foundation completed. 
  •  Boundary wall under construction 60 percent completed.
  • Plinth protection under construction 30 percent completed.
  • Septic tank demarcation completed.
  • Septic tank construction completed.


Ranjali School - Outside view
Ranjali School - Outside view
Jabri School - Inside a classroom
Jabri School - Inside a classroom
Jabri School - Restrooms
Jabri School - Restrooms

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Developments in Literacy

Location: Irvine, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.dil.org
Developments in Literacy
Project Leader:
Kendra Puryear
Irvine, CA United States

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