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by Teach for Pakistan
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#117AlumniStrong
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Since our last communication, we are proud to share that our first cohort from Islamabad has completed their two-year Fellowship, and have joined our Alumni movement that is now 117 Leaders Strong! The transition of these 15 incredible individuals into Alumnihood has come at the right time when we navigating a tumultuous period in history. The need for more effective leadership at every level in our education systems has never been more stark and our Alumni are prepared to step into this vacuum; equipped with the mindsets, understandings, values and relationships they will need to understand and solve complex problems.

Our community came together in an unforgettable virtual week-long Alumni Induction to pay our Fellows, their students and their coaches a fitting tribute, culminating in a moving ceremony featuring our Board, government partners, and representatives from our Alumni, student and parent communities. (Link to highlights from the ceremony are given below).

Preparing for school reopening

With planning for school reopening underway, the potential medium and long-term implications of the crisis on student learning is concerning for us. Preempting the additional challenges that students would face in the schools after reopening, we had to strategically think about how the year 2020-21 would look like for students, teachers and the school system and what we must do to effectively prepare for it. Grounding our understanding in research and evidence from across the globe, we designed and conducted a comprehensive ‘School Reopening’ Training for our Fellows in July, 2020. This 10-day training for our 2019 Fellows focused on responding to three critical students’ needs for 2020-21:

  1. Ensuring schools are safe for students’ return
  2. Ensuring students are supported socially and emotionally upon return and throughout the year;
  3. Ensuring students’ learning losses are recovered. 

The post-training feedback poll revealed that 98% of participants found the training relevant to their work. Fellows are now working on their academic plans, assessments and classroom management plans for the year ahead, as well as coordinating with their school principals to develop customized school re-opening plans.

The year ahead

We are preparing to bring in 50 new Fellows to stabilize the Federal Education System in a difficult post-Covid year. Our Leadership & Training team has been working for three months to redesign the Training Institute for the 2020 cohort being on-boarded in these extraordinary times. Planned to run mid-September to end of October 2020, the training is part virtual and part in-person and will nurture the leadership competencies of Fellows that are most critical for their success as Fellows and Alumni. 

We appreciate your support in getting us here and hope you would continue to strengthen our resolve in ensuring quality education for all children in Pakistan.  

May we emerge from this crisis to build back better!

Team Teach For Pakistan

Alumni Induction Ceremony
Alumni Induction Ceremony
School Reopening Training for 2019 Fellows
School Reopening Training for 2019 Fellows

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Since schools closed on March 13, Teach For Pakistan Fellows have been focusing on mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on the 2,500 kids they serve across the most marginalized communities in Islamabad and Peshawar. Already facing large academic gaps, these students are at great risk of losing critical learning gains, developing mental health problems and dropping out of school entirely if their connection to learning and support is severed during this crisis.

Despite being thousands of kilometres away practicing social distancing in their hometowns, Fellows are have set up new learning routines and systems with their students via WhatsApp, SMS and physical learning packs that they disseminated with the help of school-community partners. The content is designed around prioritized learning outcomes in English literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies so that students can keep up their practice in critical areas. Students are developing their skills and knowledge through assigned tasks, special exercises, games and activities that they complete and submit back to teachers for feedback. These learning routines have given students structure, connected them to their friends, helped them process anxiety, instill self-care and community-care habits, and – most importantly, has kept them hopeful about their future life-goals.

In order to continue supporting their student’s holistic well-being, Fellows have also been responding to the food insecurity in their student’s communities in Islamabad and their own hometowns across Pakistan, by raising and distributed Rs. 4,282,500 worth of basic supplies to 1,453 families. This crisis is a unique challenge that threatens our student’s learning. Your continued support has had a multiplier effect: every Fellow you support mobilizes their own network of resources to ensure that our students don’t stop learning!

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Recruitment poster

Meet 2019 Fellow Rida Rizvi, who joined the Fellowship after completing her MBA from NUST. Rida currently teaches Social Studies and English to Class 4 students at Islamabad Model School for Girls, Rajwal. The village is home to a large Christian community, which meant her classroom had a mix of Muslim and Christian students who refused to sit together or work together in groups. To address this culture of intolerance, Rida led a series of interactive activities on concepts of humanity, tolerance and beauty in diversity. She recently discovered that her Muslim students visited their Christians class fellows’ homes over Christmas, bringing them presents and helping them celebrate the holiday! 

Rida’s interventions on religious tolerance and harmony are not isolated from the rest of the teaching. In fact, her classroom as a whole is a creative, safe space that encourages students to develop shared purpose. As you step into her class, it’s clear that every corner of the class is a new area to discover: the Feedback Corner, the Dream Board, the Resource Corner all have a different purpose but each is a reminder of the potential and responsibility of each student to pursue their educational and life goals. The Feedback Corner, for instance, is a space that allows her students to be involved in the lesson planning and much more. They are asked what they enjoyed in a lesson, what topics they hope to learn more about, and how they feel they can improve the classroom culture.

The corner was a big hit and students felt comfortable requesting more interactive learning activities like buzzer games and role playing because they felt that it helped them better retain content. It is rare for these young students to have the opportunity to openly share their ideas with an authority figure, but they now see that as their duty, knowing that there is someone eagerly listening to and incorporating those ideas.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit
2019 Teaching Fellow Rida Rizvi
2019 Teaching Fellow Rida Rizvi
Rida's classroom
Rida's classroom

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The past year been very exciting for Teach For Pakistan with big milestones achieved. With your help Teach For Pakistan is scaling to build a nationwide movement. We currently have 55 Fellows teaching 2,700 students across 24 high-need public and non-profit schools in two regions of Pakistan -  Islamabad and Peshawar.  

Thank you for supporting us in achieving this growth at high quality, and allow us to share with you some of the major milestones we have celebrated along the way:

 

1. Fellow recruitment: This year we recruited 40 Fellows into our 2019 cohort, a 134% increase from last year. We engaged 21 public and private universities across Pakistan, holding 42 information sessions, and connecting with over 2,300 graduating university students to tell them more about our work.  We received 920+ applications from across Pakistan, resulting in 40 bright young people being welcomed into the program. This 2019 Fellowship Cohort is diverse and represents people from over 23 towns and cities across Pakistan. They have studied from over 14 different universities across Pakistan.

2. Fellow Pedagogical Leadership Development and Student Impact: The 40 new recruits went through 6 weeks of intensive, pre-placement training between July and August 2019, and started their Fellowship journey in their placement schools in August.  

Our 2018 cohort which has been placed in school for over a year now, have been reporting remarkable growth in their students.  Our Leadership and Training team conducted scaffolded tests in Nov 2018 and May 2019 and found that on average, student’s learning grew by 1 academic year in 6 months in first year Fellow’s classroom.

We also conducted a Student Perception Survey in our classrooms, in partnership with Teach For All and Panorama Education, and found that Fellows are building classrooms where students thrive. The majority of the students, a whopping 85%, felt that their input and ideas were valued and 88% felt that encouraging and supporting relationships were fostered in the Fellow classroom.  

3. Fellow System Leadership Development: Our Fellows are growing into lifelong leaders for equity and excellence in education. Here is what one of our 2018 cohort Fellow has to say about her experience so far

“The first year of the Fellowship teaching English to 180 students has been quite challenging but even more rewarding. The children's resilience and quickness to forgive continues to surprise me, and it has been a pleasure to witness their growth.

I have learned how to invest people with drastically different socioeconomic backgrounds and life experiences than my own in my mission by looking for common ground that we can tread together. 

 I have also realized that it's okay if everyone in my surrounding is not an enabler - having a detractor or two actually pushes me to try and helps me think about the why of what I'm doing with more clarity”   - 2018 Fellow Maryam  

We have completed our planning for the year ahead and our Recruitment team is now ready to launch the campaign for the 2020 Fellowship. Thank you for enabling one generation of Pakistan’s leaders to nurture the next one. We hope you will continue the journey with us in 2020 and beyond!

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Location: Islamabad, ICT - Pakistan
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Ghazanfar Khan
Islamabad, ICT Pakistan

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