CARE International in Pakistan is currently implementing a 36-months project called “Institutional Support for Participatory, Inclusive and Responsive Education” (INSPIRE-II) in district Swat, KPK. The project focuses on improving access to quality education services for children, particularly girls, and strengthens local governance in the education sector. Grade VI to VIII Middle level education for 1,000 girls will be improved through second-shift evening classes, adopting an Accelerated learning model in the identified 35 government girl’s primary schools. These local community girls have already completed primary education or previously dropped out/discontinued their schooling. The project addresses barriers to girls’ education through behavioral change campaigns and advocacy at district and provincial levels. Furthermore, to achieve sustainability in the long run, INSPIRE-II will establish a Project Steering Committee and PTC forum as they are the prime drivers of the advocacy initiatives. In addition, it will provide vocational skills and entrepreneurship development to young men and women through training and facilitate home based workers in the project communities resulting in a greater impact. This will provide employment and self-employment opportunity to the poor communities and also sustain education efforts carried out by the project.
- Improved capacity of government to provide education services more responsive to local needs.
- Increased community acceptance and support for girls attending second-shift/evening schools at the middle and secondary levels.
- Improved participation of stakeholders for promoting girls’ education through advocacy initiatives.
- Improved income generation in target communities through skills development of young men and women.
- Participatory model of community schooling has been established in Swat for post-primary education using existing education and support system
- Improved availability of female teachers and capacity through transparent recruitment and training procedure and targeted areas for afternoon classes
- Increase in enrolment and retention of girls at middle and secondary level through community based second shift schools model
- Improved need based learning through life skills training of youths.
- Increased community acceptance and support for girls for evening schools at middle and secondary level.
- Platforms established for raising cluster and district level education needs to various stakeholders.
- Evidence based advocacy initiated for improvement in girl’s education at provincial and district level.
- Workforce developed through institutionalized vocational training program
- Initially collected data from targeted communities validated for launching second-shift schooling program and NOC received from the education department of KPK.
- Piloted Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in which the designed and approved scheme of study has been developed by Directorate of Curriculum and Technical Education (DCTE) for the secondary level.
- The DCTE technical staff have been identified and trained on the scheme of study for further conducted training of 70 feeder teachers as hired with the agreed criteria developed and approved by District Education Coordination Committee (DECC). Feeder teachers received 18 days training on scheme of study, pedagogy, lesson plan, classroom management, interactive learning and student assessment.
- Advocacy training for the stakeholders, education officials, DECC, DCTE, and PTCs members for the up-gradation and owning of IDEA ALP schools and girls students was carried out.