School Improvement Programme
An initiative to transform schools and communities in Northern Pakistan, in partnership with local government.
Duration: 2016 to date
Target area: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2 districts: Lower and Upper Chitral) and Gilgit-Baltistan (5 districts: Ghizer, Hunza, Ghanche, Diamer and Kharmang)
Funding organisation: Aga Khan Foundation
Implementer: AKU-IED's Professional Development Centres in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral
The project focuses on improving children learning outcomes in public sector community and low cost private schools in some of the most marginalised areas, by strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders to support them.
Impact to date
More than more than 360 schools, 2000+ teachers and 38,000+ students have benefited from the project.
Key Success Indicators
As a result of project initiatives parents now feel a sense of ownership in their children’s learning. Teachers and community members also point to the radical mindset shift that has occurred in parents especially mothers. Further, communities are active as powerful catalysts for change. Building relationships with government officials has improved access to information and allowed communities to feel recognized and supported. Teachers, too, demonstrate improved classroom practices (utilising child centered activities).
The project schools are beginning to show better enrollment, retention rates and learning outcomes according to stakeholder reports. The students are now more eager to come to school and as a result of borrowing books from project-supported libraries, they are better readers.
The project has also shattered the myth that government schools are made-up of unengaged teachers and disinterested parents. Government schools are also now emerging as schools of choice.