e-Newsletter, December 2022


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.

Happy New Year!

ASER Pakistan - Annual Status of Education Report

The 'Learning Quality in Katchi Abadis 2022' has been finalized for dissemination while two other pilots on the political economy of learning and inclusive assessments are underway. ASER also collaborated with the PAL Network for the International Common Assessment for Numeracy (ICAN) 2022 to assess the learning losses in Toba Tek Singh, Punjab due to the pandemic.

ITA Interventions


When Tragedy Comes Knocking – Partners Rise to Action for Learning Recovery!

Sindh has a population of 35 million! With more than 1.3 million households destroyed by monster floods that left almost 60% of schools damaged, millions of hectares of standing crops destroyed, and millions of livelihoods compromised.  In this time of crisis, uninterrupted access to quality education is the right of every child. To address these challenges ITA has collaborated with the School Education & Literacy Department (SELD) http://www.sindheducation.gov.pk/ Government of Sindh with generous and timely support from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-development-office  to ensure that every child's learning journey must continue for an learning and thriving Pakistan.
During the floods’ emergency, under Recovery for Foundational Learning: Flood Response in Sindh, ITA is undertaking multiple interventions in two districts viz. Shikarpur & Ghotki to ensure, no child is left behind
Intervention I: Back-to-school kits for 40,000 students & 8000 dignity kits for adolescent girl students/ female teachers, health & hygiene kits (4000), teaching-learning materials (ECE-Grade 8), mini libraries & recreation kits (800) – Girls, Minorities, Children with Disabilities and Children in Early Child Marriages are a critical focus for inclusive recovery
Intervention II: Establishing learning recovery camps for teaching at the right level (TARL), Chalo-Parho-Barho (CPB) over 55-60 days, for addressing foundational literacy and numeracy for 30,000 in-school children at risk and out of school children (drop-outs & never enrolled) ages 6-13 years

Intervention III: Implementing area and evidence-based actions in selected two flood affected villages Momal Ji Marri (Ghotki) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomal_Ji_Mari and Mahmud Panhwar (Shikarpur) https://pakvoter.org/wp-content/pdfs/Sindh%20Local%20Government%20Elections%202015%20Results/Shikarpur.pdf of two union councils for “all children learning every child counts-every house matters” (age 6-16 years).
The challenges are complex but ITA teams are determined for outcomes based transformative actions. 
ITA teams are committed to bringing back the children of districts Ghotki and Shikarpur “back to school”. The number of schools finalized and verified with SELD/District Education Department teams is 391. We are inching closer to our goal every day with our vision which is “To actively pursue universal access to education as a comprehensive learning experience for human evolution and to promote education as a comprehensive process for human and social transformation” for a better tomorrow”!


Digital Literacy and Advocacy through social media - ITA Initiative

Idara e Taleem o Aagahi (ITA) provides exemplary services in the field of education. Keeping in mind the importance of Digital Safety and Literacy, ITA has taken a new initiative to educate the youth with digital safety and literacy skills. An enhanced version of Digital Safety and Literacy includes Digital Literacy and Advocacy, which empowers the youth to learn and implement advocacy campaigns. The purpose of this initiative is not just to provide the skill set but also to build up the skill set and see through its implementation. The Digital literacy and Advocacy module includes the very important elements such as Digital Safety, Literacy, Data, social media and its usage and a skillset to design and develop social media content using CANVA – a digital platform to design.

ITA has a very concerning client list which focuses on digital literacy. These clients are Telenor, META and now British Council. British Council as a client has availed the services of ITA to train its Volunteers on Digital Literacy and Advocacy through social media. ITA delivered a three days training and had a successful review of 9/10.

This initiative and the trainings under it are very compatible as to what is needed in this era and ITA will always be on the forefront to produce and deliver quality content in all aspects of education.

Digital Literacy and Advocacy through social media - ITA Initiative


ITA in collaboration with Meta, is providing the youth of Gilgit Baltistan with specialized sensitization trainings on online hazards and digital safety measures to meet the unmet digital citizenship needs across the 10 districts of Gilgit Baltistan.

Currently ongoing, the We Think Digital Phase 6 has trained 31742 students, 193 teachers and 90 schools across GB. Under this phase program approach also includes community trainings along with teachers training to increase the diversity of the community group who are informed about the content, impact, and scope of the initiative.


South-South Fellowship Programme


Under the South-South Fellowship Programme “All Children Learning”, is the main goal and agenda for the coalition. The goal is further aligned to the indicator 4.1.1 (a-c) of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) as follows:

Proportion of children and young people: (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of the primary; and (c) at the end of the lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics (IAEG on SDG indicators 2016)

The Fellows have identified: (a) two villages in clusters of the flood affected districts of Ghotki and Shikarpur in Sindh Province (b) one village in a union council of South Punjab in Muzaffargarh District and (c) one village in the village council of Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Fellowship Team set out to visit Ali Pur Shumali which is the village selected in District Muradabad, Muzaffargarh to engage with the locals, stakeholders as well as the only school in the area in order to move forward with the plan of action for the cluster. The visit started with a meeting with Ehtesham Anwar, Secretary School Education Department, South Punjab. In the meeting, the future course of action was discussed for the chosen cluster and a team comprising of Ms. Hina Choudhary - an extended fellow and a Section Officer at SED, South Punjab, DEO and AEO along with ITA team led by CEO ITA Baela Raza Jamil and Amna Javed Project Manager, South-South Programme. The team visited Government Girls Elementary School, Ali Pur Shumali and observed the facilities, quality of the staff as well as the classrooms where they engaged with students and teachers. Queries to the teachers were about the number of students inside and outside the school, subjects taught, books and uniforms. The team also interacted with students and asked them about their homework, siblings or relatives not enrolled in schools and the importance of education.

Following this, community leaders and parents sat down for a dialogue and spoke openly about the challenges and problems they have been facing in terms of education. Some households were surveyed and the team met with women and adolescent girls and engaged with them on the state of education.

The team also visited khagan shumali. Core action steps and strategy was planned out for the Ali Pur Shumali school cluster chosen for the programme. This fellowhip visit standsout because of the system level engagement with a Non State Actor (ITA in this regard). The village community was open to the change and is looking forward to work with the team.


Library Corners by Pakistan Literacy Project PLP


Pakistan Literacy Project (PLP) has already established “24 Model School Libraries” in Punjab and disseminated internationally adapted children’s storybooks across Pakistan to promote literacy and develop a child’s reading habit among children in partnership with Room to Read and in collaboration with the School Education Department (SED), Punjab.
We are excited to announce that during phase II, PLP has established classroom library corners in 10 more public schools (05 in Bahawalpur and 05 in Lahore) and equipped the schools with 600+ child friendly leveled books, furniture (bookshelves, cupboards, and mats) along with appropriate stationary for carrying out various reading activities in library corners.

During this month, community launches of classroom corner libraries were organized in each school with representatives from School Education Department (SED), DEO’s, AEO’s, Children Library Complex and School Community Members (SMC) along with Parents in both districts.
Community Resource Groups (CRG) are officially notified by the SED in each project school to provide a mechanism for regular and sustained contact with community members, and govt. officials to ensure the sustainability of the libraries

We are confident that these new initiatives will help the children to develop the reading habits at an early stage.

8 years of success of Life Skills for Kids (LSK) - ITA


Idara e Taleem o Aagahi (ITA) Bulley Shah Packages and Stora Enzo collaborated with the mission to eradicate child labor and initiated the Project “Life Skills for Kids”. The project has been successful throughout the tenure of eight years and the ending ceremony was held in December, 2022 with beneficiaries and sponsors. Students under LSK participated and presented their rights and the learning they had under Life Skills for Kids – A Project by Idara e Taleem o Aagahi (ITA). Chief Guest of the ceremony Ms. Sarah Ahmed (Chairman Child Protection Welfare Bureau) appreciated the amazing efforts of students and congratulated ITA for the wonderful execution of the project. Ms. Rizwana Ghazanfar (Chairperson Children Library Complex) also addressed the ceremony and congratulated all the children for wonderful efforts. CEO ITA Baela Raza Jamil also addressed the ceremony and explained the complications that occurred and congratulated the Team for their excellent efforts notably in the tenure of COVID-19, during which schools were closed but the team continued to deliver education of these children.

In LSK weekly “Fun k Rang Bachon K sang” we have added new contents of LSK news and creativity.
Watch Fun k Rang Bachon k Sang at: https://www.youtube.com/c/IdaraeTaleemoAagahiITA


Learning through Harmonies - Gain aur Seekhain


"Learning through Harmonies- Gain aur Seekhain" in collaboration with Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) group at Oxford University. The learning campaign aims to foster Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and focuses on enhancing the Foundational Learning of school-going kids by exposing them to pedagogy using music, maker art and craft techniques, and other learning activities related to the songs/poems. Renowned musicians and singers; Ali Hamza and Rakae Jamil are on-board with us for the recording/rendition of the songs/poems. We have partnered with Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust School in Lahore and St Joseph's Convent School in Karachi. All the recordings will be up on the PLF app and website, stay tuned for more updates. 

Link to the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ita.plf.app


Kitab Gari


Kitab Gari visited Children Library Complex, Lahore for winter festival. The session included activities such as arts and crafts, the art of origami and games included ludo, chess and carrom board. Storytelling sessions, library books by ITA Publications had the attention of all children.


Young Author Awards (YAA)


Young Author Award (2021-2022) winners Alayna Khan from LGS Defence Phase 5 Lahore and Maria Mufaddal from MSB Educational Institute Haidery Karachi from English Category-II and Hafsa Azmat from Iqra Huffaz Girls Higher Secondary School Lahore from Urdu category-I Visit ITA office to receive their awards



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