e-Newsletter, July 2023


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 2023 Provincial Trainings Begin!

ASER Training of Trainers

In-house Training of Trainers of ASER staff was conducted on 7th and 8th June to discuss and plan the upcoming 2023 cycle. From sampling to child protection rules and survey design, various nodes concerning the operationalization of the nationwide survey were explored.
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Letter of Understanding (LoU) sigining with Punjab Examination Commission (PEC)

Letter of Understanding signed on 7th July, 2023 between ITA and Punjab Examination Commission on areas of research and development, advocacy and awareness and capacity building. Mr. Tariq Iqbal (CEO, PEC) and Baela Jamil (CEO, ITA) in the presence of Dr. Nasir Mehmood (Director Assessments and Framework, PEC) and Maham Afzal (Research Analyst, ITA)
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ASER 2023 Tool Piloting

The new ASER 2023 tool was piloted in various locations and districts of Pakistan such as Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Sukkur.
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Partner Agreements (across all districts of Pakistan)

For successfully rolling out ASER, our partners’ contributions from all over the country are instrumental. Before kickstarting the cycle, all partners were carefully selected based on a rigorous criterion and agreements/MoUs were signed with them for mutual cooperation.
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KPK ASER 2023 Provincial Training

The first provincial training for district managers and master trainers was conducted in Peshawar on 24th and 25th July. ASER partners were formally called upon to join hands in ITA's mission to citizen-led accountability mechanisms such as ASER. The participants went through rigorous rounds of training under the two-day intensive program to ensure data quality and integrity.
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Recovery For Foundational Learning

All cohorts of our accelerated learning program are currently in high gear! Despite the summer vacations, we successfully conducted our camps in Ghotki and Shikpurpur with the invaluable support of a special NoC from SELD. It has been a bustling yet highly productive month for us!

Cohort 4 has commenced in full swing at CPB Camps!

In Cohort - IV, we have successfully established two batches of camps to enhance education access and quality. Batch I comprises of 75 camps, spread across 63 schools, with a total enrollment of 3,423 students, while Batch II consists of 90 camps, strategically set up in 62 schools, and has enrolled 3,760 students. Both batches of camps are committed to the cause of improving learning outcomes, providing essential foundational literacy and numeracy skills to students in the regions served.

05 Days Teachers Training

The Para-Teachers for the TARL/CPB Camps COHORT-IV have been carefully selected and have completed comprehensive training to establish learning recovery Chalo - Parho- Barho camps. These camps are now fully operational, with a primary focus on improving learning levels through accelerated learning methods like teaching at the right level (TARL) and CAMAL for the next 45 days. The main objective of these camps is to address foundational literacy and numeracy skills for both at-risk, in-school children and out-of-school children (including drop-outs & those who have never been enrolled) between the ages of 6 and 13 years in the districts of Shikarpur and Ghotki.

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Orientation of Cluster Coordinators

Our Cohort-IV Cluster Coordinators are ready to make a positive impact! After an insightful orientation session, they are now equipped with the necessary tools to successfully run CPB camps in Shikarpur and Ghotki. They have received training on improving learning levels through accelerated teaching learning methods such as TARL and CAMAL for the upcoming batches.

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Intervention III

Our Every Child Counts Officers are actively working in the field, diligently carrying out ground-level activities in our Model Villages Momal Ji Mari and Mehmood Panhwar, as part of Intervention III. Their mission involves engaging in door-to-door interactions, focusing on gathering crucial data on out-of-school children and those who have never been enrolled. Additionally, they are conducting baseline assessments to better understand the educational needs of these children and taking significant steps to enroll them in our CPB Camps. Their dedication and efforts are paving the way for a brighter future for these young minds. This initiative is crucial to ensuring that "all children are learning" and that "every child counts—every house matters" for age groups 6 to 16 years

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Report Card From Cohort 3 Batch 1

Analytical Overview of Basic Sindhi Learning Levels
In Cohort 3, Batch 1, we observed significant progress in basic Sindhi learning levels. The percentage of children who could read at the story level in Sindhi saw a substantial increase, rising from 3% at the baseline to an impressive 54% at the endline assessment.

Gender-wise analysis revealed that at the endline evaluation, both boys and girls demonstrated a similar ability to read at the story level. However, when we compared the baseline data, we found that a higher proportion of boys (79%) were categorized as beginners or at a very basic reading level, while 70% of girls fell into the same category. These findings indicate that the gains in reading abilities for boys were slightly more pronounced in this cohort.


Analytical Overview of Basic Arithmetic Levels

In Cohort 3, Batch 1, we observed that the percentage of children who could perform division showed notable progress, surging from 3% at baseline to an impressive 56% at the endline assessment. Notably, a greater percentage of girls exhibited improvement in Arithmetic learning levels compared to boys.

Specifically, the percentage of girls capable of 2-digit division increased significantly from 2% at baseline to an impressive 59% at endline. In contrast, the percentage of boys who could do 2-digit division also saw a commendable growth, rising from 3% to 56%. These findings underscore the significant strides made in Arithmetic learning among the children, particularly with respect to division skills.


South-South Fellowship Programme

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The School Education & Literacy Department (SELD), Govt. of Sindh, hosted a highly significant two-day conference from 11th July-12th July, bringing together 250 stakeholders to urgently address the critical gaps in Foundational Learning (FL) and ECCE within the context of emergencies, amidst a backdrop of complex challenges.

Recognizing the recurring reality of emergencies and displacements in Pakistan and Sindh, particularly due to natural disasters such as climate change induces floods affecting both rural and urban areas, the education sector faces an extreme threat. As a result, a child-centric, comprehensive, and coordinated response becomes imperative to tackle the deep Learning Crisis.

The conference highlighted a prevalent focus on inputs and access in emergency interventions, with limited emphasis on learning outcomes, particularly in the realm of FL and ECCE. In light of this observation, strategic shifts are urgently required in emergency frameworks to prioritize early education. Acknowledging the valuable contributions from stakeholders across the educational landscape, including Departments of Education & Literacy across Pakistan, MoFE&PT, Parliamentarians/Ministers, Teachers, educators, Experts, CSOs, Academia, Development & Global Partners, and Networks, the Karachi Call to Action (CTA) builds on the Transforming Education Summit (2022) and the TES-CTA World Conference for Early Childhood Care & Education (WCECCE 2022). The CTA also aligns with the Global Education Cluster’s (GEC) call for "Collaboration, Coordination, and Integration" of plans and actions. Participating in this event were the esteemed South-South Fellows, a group of government fellows committed to advocating the cause of Foundational Learning in Pakistan.

These events form a series of advocacy initiatives, representing a collaborative effort to promote the importance of FL, spearheaded by the government fellows themselves. Leveraging the CTA finalized at the recent Pakistan Learning Conference (PLC) on Foundational Learning and ECE, recognized as core areas for lifelong learning (June 2023), SELD, Govt of Sindh, demonstrates its commitment to the Sindh Learning Program (SLP).

Pakistan Literacy Project (PLP)

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Community sessions
Keeping kids engaged in reading activities and nourish the habit of reading the PLP team conducted fun activities for kids in partner school communities as well children hospital, orphan homes and other private schools. The activities included read aloud session, discussions and arts and crafts.

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Online Summer activities
During the summer break the Pakistan Literacy project district Lahore team conducted some amazing online sessions for the kids where students, teaching staff and parents of our partner schools as well as other schools participated. These online sessions have been conducted every Tuesday where students do fun activities. So far, the team has conducted 07 number of sessions on emotional intelligence, climate change, science, creative writing and much more through stories and hands-on activities.



Summer Fiesta Gilgit Baltistan


ITA resource persons attended 10 days summer fiesta of Gilgit Baltistan in district Hunza. All schools from Hunza district participated in activities. ITA conducted activities on 4 major themes including Story-telling, mental health/Life skills, Art & Craft and Digital literacy. More than 150 students participated and learnt many new things like story constructing, vocabulary building, self-defense techniques, digital story making, truck art and creative art etc. Deputy Commissioner and director education appreciated the role and integrated approaches of ITA.




The district's dedicated teams have executed impactful summer camp’s plans, positively influencing both students and the local community, with an unwavering commitment to delivering quality education.

The mission of promoting education has been furthered through engaging and educational summer camps and successful enrollment campaigns, which have registered over 86 new students in July 2023. The pursuit of excellence extends to teachers as well, with comprehensive training and orientation sessions covering lesson planning, life skills, STEM education, and Early Childhood Education (ECE), enhancing teaching methodologies and fostering improved student outcomes.

The ITA PEF/PEIMA schools also actively took community engagement initiatives, including campaigns on dengue awareness and cleanliness, parent-teacher meetings, and infrastructure development projects, exemplifying the school's dedication to holistic education and creating a transformative impact.


Young Omang (MHM)


Under young Omang, CDA arranged hybrid meetings of ITA with selected 2 organizations ((Institute for social and youth development and Pakistan Sustainable Development Forum) in which their core working areas, networking, programs and organizational structure was discussed. Furthermore, CDA will arrange meetings with them on their need assessment for capacity strengthening areas.


Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF)


In July, PLF conducted Kitab Gari sessions in different schools and communities. We had a meeting with Chairperson Sarah Ahmed of the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau to discuss conducting Kitab Gari sessions there. A storytelling session was held at Child Protection and Welfare Bureau on 20 July 2023. In the summer camp activities, we conducted an Online Storytelling Session and Practical Tips for Handling Aggression on 21 July 2023. An Online Poetry session for kids was organized on 31st July 2023 to promote poetry among kids. We provided an opportunity for kids to perform or share their own poetry or any other piece of poetry to ignite their passion for poetry. In both sessions, lessons and key learnings were discussed to assess participants' learning.


Aawaz II


Idara-e-Taleem o Aagahi is implementing Aawaz-II Project in two districts of Punjab, Toba Tek Singh and Okara. The basic purpose of the project is to create bridging among stakeholders and right holders through behaviour change and citizen state engagements to promote peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. Aawaz-II Project is working on the awareness of GBV, Early Child & Forced Marriages, Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion. Aawaz-II focused groups are Women, Youth, Persons with disabilities, Minorities and Transgender Persons.

During the month of July 2023, Toba Tek Singh district team identified and formed 32 villages forums in different vulnerable areas. 809 Village forum members became the member of 32 villages in Tehsil Toba Tek Singh and Okara, 446 Females, 336 Males, 37 Transgenders, 379 minorities, 54 PWDs are the members of Village forums.

ITA also conducted a District Forum member Meeting in Toba Tek Singh. In the meeting Government stakeholders aligned to Aawaz-II thematic areas, District Level Committees and different NGOs representatives participated in meeting. Meeting was held in Industrial Home Social Welfare Department Toba Tek Singh.

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