Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan

by Moqah Foundation
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan
Schools: Educating underserved girls in Pakistan

As our staff and students return to post-pandemic classrooms, we are striving to create safe spaces for our teachers and students to share their stories and talk about things they went through times that have been anything but easy.  They are excited to be back, as we work to improve their physical and mental health through activities designed for them to reduce the stress they have gone through. It is heartening to see that despite repeated school closures during the year, children have made significant progress and are back to their learning routines. One positive thing that the pandemic has resulted in is appreciation for the importance of schools. Parents talk about their struggles to work with their children at home due to school closures, appreciating the role of teachers and expressing their gratitude.

With the final exams starting in April, teachers are supporting and motivating students prior to their exams by creating revision timetables.

We are trying to make improvements at the schools to facilitate meaningful learning and nurture well-being of our children, but due to limited resources we are not able to provide the school environment that we want. We are struggling to raise funds for this purpose.

I would also like to thank all our donors and partners who are on board with us on this journey for educating deserving children and for placing their trust in us. It is through your help and support that we are able to provide quality education to these children and make their dreams come true!

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The pandemic has wreaking havoc on the lives of young children, students, and youth. and has impacted education in unprecedented ways. In Pakistan, since school closures in March 13, 2020, students had been studying from home, in a context of huge uncertainty and with families and schools having to navigate across options of hybrid and remote learning, or no schooling at all. Schools had been reopening for a few weeks but then as soon as number of cases rise, they had to be closed following government directives. The unique nature of the pandemic places a burden on the parents as first-line responders for children’s survival, care and learning.

We are now working to assess learning losses during remote instruction. Our teachers who have had to rapidly adapt, be creative, and shift roles, have been visiting children’s homes bringing them weekly lessons, distributing books and resource packs, hence helping them with their learning by providing remedial education and socio-emotional support to help them catch-up and ensure school retention, since there is an increasing risk of school dropouts as a result of contracting family incomes. Teachers play a major role as they set up meetings with parents and community members.

For older children they had been managing flexible schemes they have had small groups of 4-6 students visit them in their homes in rotation. It is a complex balance of managing health risks with the huge learning losses.

Now, with the reopening of schools, we are running two shifts to ensure safety and social distancing. The junior classes attend the morning session and Grade 5 and above come in the afternoon. These children are fighting for their dreams and working hard to achieve them. Please help us create a better life for them through education.  

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Once again it is so heartening to see students resuming their studies in their classrooms! We welcomed them back to school on 7 June 2021 following the notification from the school education department, with conditions that only 50% students would attend classes on a given day and no student would attend classes for two consecutive days. As they return, our first priority is ensuring observance and compliance of COVID-19 SOPs

Pakistan is among the countries that have been implementing full school closure policies, resulting in severe consequences on students' learning opportunities. Our students mostly rely on the physical setting of their schools to provide them guidance. Putting the focus back on learning and assessing student learning has been a major task for our teachers as the process of assessing student learning is now the key in ensuring learning continues to take place as students are back in the classroom, in terms of what they know and are able to do as they return to school, so as to adjust their instruction to students’ level. Our 9th and 10th graders are working hard and preparing for their standardized exams as they will be assessed on the basis of elective subjects and math this year. We wish them best of luck.

We are very grateful to all our donors for standing with us during these uncertain times and helping us to manage the instability caused by Covid-19 crisis.

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We are pleased to share that after battling a second wave of Covid-19, our schools have reopened after almost 1.5 months under the Government directives. Children are back in their classrooms resuming normal routine that allows them to complete their studies and continue to the next level. We are taking extra care to ensure the safety of our students and staff with a strong emphasis on good personal hygiene, health- consciousness and encouraging physical activities and integrating health promotion materials into the school curriculum.

The education sector has faced huge loss during the last 9 months. With closure of schools on November 26, 2020, our teachers were once again back to their routine on delivering books and lessons to the children confined to their homes. It has been tough for the parents as they struggled with their children at home during this period. They express their utmost appreciation of the role of teachers in the lives and well-being of their children

Girls are often unduly impacted in crises like Covid-19. Given the inequities faced by families in the neighborhoods where they live, the pandemic has posed a great challenge to the continuance of education.  Increased poverty puts them at a greater risk of early marriage and increased responsibilities, preventing them from returning to school. Our teachers, committed in their mission to educate and empower girls, are actively engaging with parents of our students, to keep every girl in school.

 

Thank you for empowering our students to live their most successful lives! We will keep you updated on our schools and students.

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COVID-19 has posed a great challenge to the continuance of education during this pandemic.  Since most of the children lack reliable electricity at home, let alone internet or laptops, our teachers managed with their commitment to their students and their families.  During the day, they have been going door to door where their students live, bringing lessons, books, and words of encouragement, supporting vulnerable populations from a six-foot distance.

 After the ease in lockdown, the government announced that all the schools across the country will reopen in phases from Sept. 15, ending a six-month closure propelled by the pandemic.

In the first phases, we welcomed our Grade 9 &10. Students in grade six to eight returned to school on Sept. 23, while students in nursery to grade five were back to school on Sept. 30. Our students are so happy to be back and so are we!

We have set up all precautionary measures against the spread of the corona virus, strictly following the SOPs. Other than providing face masks and sanitizers, non contact infrared thermometers are used to take temperatures. To ensure social distancing and in an attempt to control the spread of virus, we are running the schools in two shifts.

Enthusiastically, the students celebrated World TeachersDay with the theme Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The love and dedication these teachers have shown their students and their families despite all odds and the risks of doing so, will always be a reason to be proud of their teachers

Thank you for your trust and belief in the cause of education and for supporting Moqah Foundation through the COVID-19 crisis. We need your help now more than ever to ensure continuity of education for the underprivileged children.

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Moqah Foundation

Location: Barakahu - Pakistan
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Farida Ahmad
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