Plan International Pakistan’s education portfolio is centred on Early Childhood Care, Fast Track Learning, School Improvement and Non-formal Basic Education. Our priority areas include improving girls’ access to primary and secondary school, introducing school-based early childhood education and access to non-formal education for children who have dropped out or who have never attended school.
Plan International Pakistan facilitates district education departments in the development of education plans and strengthening systems to improve outreach and quality education. We have been actively involved in working with relevant state institutions such as the Education and Literacy Department Sindh, School Education Department and Literacy and Non-Formal Education department Government of Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).
Plan International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Education and Literacy Department Government of Sindh whereby we have facilitated the department in the development of the Rules of Business for the ‘Sindh Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2013’. Additionally, we have signed a MOU with Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU - a public sector university) to facilitate them in developing and running a special educational program for out of school girls. Under our Fast Track Learning projects, we have established 275 centres close to learners’ homes to facilitate flexible and convenient learning.
Plan International Pakistan has been implementing ECCD projects since 2012. Currently, 519 of our ECCD centres are operational in district Muzaffargarh (160) Vehari (52), Chakwal (71), Islamabad (8), Thatta (34), Layyah (30), Rajanpur (30) and Mansehra (134). These centres have been successfully handed over to concerned district education departments. More recently Plan along with QAED (Government of Punjab) has developed a Teacher’s guide for ECE (Early Childhood Education) which has been distributed to over 5,000 schools with further distribution to 10,000 schools expected in 2018.
Plan International has also played an integral part in education in emergencies whereby in the wake of the 2011 floods, we undertook extensive rehabilitation of schools in Muzzafargarh, Layyah and Rajanpur districts through a DfID funded project which benefitted 391 schools and 50,500 children. Some of the major works included installation of hand pumps, construction of toilet blocks, reconstruction of classrooms, distribution of essential school materials and installation of solar panels.
Some of our other school infrastructure work includes Telenor funded school improvement and rehabilitation projects in which we have supported the construction of classrooms in 77 schools including the provision of IT labs in Vehari, Thatta, Muzafargarh and Nowshera with the intervention reaching out to over 10,080 children.