Chronicles of Change
STEP has been working in the field since 2009, and the changes in teaching practices and schools’ performance are evident. Shifts in teachers’ attitudes, re-conceptualisation of their roles as professional educators, integration of gender sensitivity in educational practices, and initiatives to stimulate creativity and provoke the intellectual curiosity of children are some observed and noted changes. Other developments include improvements in the overall physical environment of schools. Classrooms are clean, orderly, and decorated with colourful displays, charts and paintings. A vibrant classroom environment coupled with effective teaching, as STEP’s experience suggests, provokes a young student’s imagination, and inspires a child to think more creatively, innovatively, and analytically.
Impact cannot be generalised and is best illustrated through specific stories that illustrate how change occurs and what change means. This section will share accounts of STEP’s achievements, challenges, and outcomes of the project’s interventions in Sindh, Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan.