MINGORA: As many as 900 girl students of the far-flung areas successfully passed the eighth grade examination under the Accelerated Learning Programme.
This information was shared during the closing ceremony of the Institutional Support for Participatory, Inclusive and Responsive Education project funded by the Reach Out To Asia (Rota), Qatar Foundation and implemented by CARE International Pakistan and Initiative for Development and Empowerment Axis in seven tehsils of Swat district.
The ceremony was attended by provincial minister Mehmood Khan, officials of education department, civil society members, teachers and parents.
ALP introduced in Swat areas without middle schools for girls
“The ALP was a new model, which was introduced in the areas where there were no middle schools for girls. The pilot phase was introduced in 34 government primary schools to improve access to quality education services both formal and technical and strengthen education governance at the district and provincial level,” said Mohammad Amad, the executive director, Idea.
He added that such programme was needed to improve access to quality education for girls.
Mr Amad said currently, 0.7 million students were out of school in the region.
While sharing the programme’s success, Ashfaqur Rehman of the Idea said 1,186 girl students were enrolled in the project, while 870 girls managed to pass the middle school examinations.
He said 109 government school teachers were also trained on the ALP curriculum, while 20 ALP teachers were supported on higher education and 70 teachers on life skills.
He said the advocacy initiative of the project helped upgrade three government schools from primary to middle level.
“The project will continue in the next phase and target 4000 students. Another important component of the project is to empower youth through technical and vocational training,” he added.
ALP teacher Rizwana said the programme not only provided education facility to over 900 girls but also helped in the teachers’ personal and professional development.
“I am much confident now and continue my efforts to teach and learn more,” she said and hoped the initiative it would continue in future.
Abdul Rab of the Rota said the ALP was a unique model and its replication in other districts attested its success of improving access to quality education for girls in remote areas.
On the occasion, minister Mehmood Khan appreciated the activity and said a comprehensive planning at the part of government institutions was needed so that equal access of education was ensured to all.
“We need support of Non-governmental organizations for introducing the new model and ideas to improve the education governance at the district and the provincial level,” he said.
Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2017