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E-Newsletter November 2023

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) or the “Centre of Education and Consciousness” Public Trust, established in 2000, is a civil society organization focused on addressing the profound education crisis of Pakistan through action and policy research, service-delivery and advocacy. ITA has been a strong education champion across Pakistan with field programs covering complex aspects of: Access, Learning, Quality, Evaluating Low-Cost Private Schools, Inclusion, Child Protection, Gender Justice and Education, Tolerance, Citizenship, Health and Hygiene Interventions, and Technical and Vocational Training Programs with government, communities and public and private school systems.

ASER PAKISTAN

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) has undertaken a comprehensive initiative by organizing Urban training sessions for master trainers across all provinces. These training sessions are pivotal in equipping trainers with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively impart education in urban settings. Simultaneously, urban district training programs have been conducted for volunteers across provinces, ensuring a widespread impact. The on-paper data collection phase has been successfully completed in all provinces, marking a significant milestone in the progress. Following this, post-survey monitoring was diligently conducted for pen-and-paper-based surveys, leveraging the insights gathered from booklets of these surveys. Currently, the data collection process is in full swing in all four provinces, specifically in designated districts, through the innovative use of the ITA App. To streamline operations, the entry of pen-and-paper-based survey data has commenced at the ITA office, reflecting the organization's commitment to robust data management.

Multi Year Resilience program (MYRP)

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in Multi Year Resilience Program (MYRP) has successfully conducted life skills training for 20 government teachers in Baluchistan and Chaghi, accompanied by the empowerment of 16 Education champions in the mentioned districts. Expanding its impact, ITA's dedicated team also provided extensive training for 24 government teachers and education champions in Life Skills and an additional 24 in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in KPK.

ITA also engaged in advocacy by organizing dialogues with Citizens in KPK and Baluchistan. These insightful discussions paved the way for a constructive exchange of ideas, subsequently taken to the government to influence the Education Sector Plan positively. ITA's multifaceted approach underscores its commitment to not only enhancing the skills of educators but also fostering a collaborative environment where community input shapes educational policies.

Pakistan Literacy Project - PLP

In November, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) for Reading Hour, equipping 38 participants, including coordinators and language experts, with skills to promote reading habits. The trained educators are now tasked with conducting two-day training sessions for schools, focusing on reading skills and instilling the 'Reading Habit' once a week, aligning with FDE's mission.

The Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF) in Islamabad, held from the 25th to the 28th of November, saw the unveiling of 15 child-friendly storybooks developed with Room to Read's support. Minister Madad Ali Sindhi and Federal Secretary Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry inaugurated the ceremony. Sister Zeph, the first Pakistani to receive the Global Teacher Prize, shared her educational journey, emphasizing the transformative power of books. The PLF featured interactive discussions, life-sized Story Walks, and engaging sessions at Kahani Kunj/Storytelling Hub, showcasing the magic of storytelling.

Simultaneously, the Pakistan Literacy Project organized one-day capacity-building workshops on library management and library periods across different districts, empowering school heads with practical insights and resources to enhance reading initiatives. International Day celebrations included World Children Day on November 20th, where students actively participated in activities highlighting child rights.

Furthermore, the Interdistrict Pakistan Literacy Project teams collaborated during the visit of the Bahawalpur PLP team to Lahore partner schools on November 29th-30th. The teams exchanged best practices, observed ongoing reading activities, and engaged in fruitful interactions, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and collective growth.

These initiatives reflect a holistic approach to education, emphasizing reading, teacher training, and collaborative learning, contributing to the larger goal of improving literacy outcomes in Pakistan.

Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF)

The launch of the Young Author Award (YAA) Cycle 2023-2024 was done in November. This opportunity invites young Pakistani writers (ages 10-18) to showcase their creativity. Submissions range from societal issues to science fiction, with a submission deadline of January 15, 2024. Winners receive cash prizes, recognition, and a three-month creative writing mentorship. Parents and teachers, encourage your students to participate in this free literary opportunity.

In other news, the Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF) 2023 – Karachi was a massive success! Held on November 7th and 8th at the Arts Council of Pakistan, the event attracted 30,000 participants, promoting learning beyond classrooms and raising awareness about climate change. The PLF in Islamabad, held on November 25th-27th, continued the momentum with diverse activities, including poetry, dance, and engaging discussions. A total footfall of 100,000 attendees highlighted the festival's impact.

AWAZ II

In November, Awaz II project by FCDO and British council, implemented by ITA as a Downstream partner has conducted impactful video screening sessions to mark the 16 Days of Activism. Then, it has reached approximately 1490 individuals with powerful content addressing Early Child and Forced Marriages, as well as Gender-Based Violence. Following the screenings, 1517 participants were equipped with IEC Products from Aawaz II thematic modules, including informative posters and text messages.

During the monthly Village Forum meeting, discussions took place in 56 villages, where members deliberated on their action plans for the month and provided updates on previous early warnings. The Village Forum also addressed critical issues related to Birth Registration and CNIC Registration, particularly within minority communities.

A comprehensive mechanism for early warning addressing at the district forum level was shared, facilitating a more robust response system. Additionally, 56 dialogues were organized at the community level as part of the 16 Days of Activism initiative. These dialogues aimed to sensitize and raise awareness on the pressing matters of Early Child and Forced Marriages, as well as Gender-Based Violence within the community.

Pef/Peima

In the recent commemorations of Iqbal Day across all PEF/PEIMA schools, students engaged fervently in various artistic expressions, including poetry, dialogue, drama, and heartfelt poems, celebrating the profound contributions of Allama Iqbal. The physical verification conducted by the AEO was done in all schools.

Adding to the tapestry of our school events, a special Grandparents Week was organized, providing a unique platform for students to connect with elders and bridge generational gaps. The initiative emphasized the intrinsic value of intergenerational relationships and fostered an environment of mutual understanding within our school communities.

Furthermore, in alignment with Universal Children's Day, students actively asserted their rights and demands for protection and safety through a series of engaging activities. The initiation of a 16-day activism campaign, marked by a special community walk led by our students, showcased our commitment to social advocacy and community engagement. These initiatives reflect our dedication to providing a comprehensive educational experience that not only nurtures academic growth but also instills values, respect for tradition, and a sense of social responsibility among our students.

Young Omang

In a remarkable demonstration of proactive engagement, Young Omang orchestrated a compelling online talk, featuring the participation of Fatima Jaffar as a distinguished guest speaker. The virtual space came alive with the wealth of knowledge shared, enriching participants and contributing to a broader discourse on relevant topics. Furthermore, during the Pakistan Learning Festival, Fatima Jaffar took the stage to deliver an impactful lecture on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to the receptive audience of Girl Scouts. This session not only raised awareness about a crucial aspect of women's health but also exemplified Young Omang's collaborative efforts in promoting educational initiatives that empower and educate.