Project Title : “Learn to Read”
With support from USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP), Peace Education and Development-PEAD has launched the tenth (10) months project titled “Learn to Read – LTR” in 10 Government Girls Schools of Peshawar, KPK. The aims of this project is to help create enabling environment for improving Urdu reading skills of adolescent girls in 10 Government Girls Schools of Peshawar by:
- Setting up a Reading Corner in each school;
- Building capacity of 20 Urdu language teachers;
- Conducting reading classes for girls enrolled in Class 6-8 in each school;
- Sensitizing parents, PTC members and community at large about the importance of reading;
- Building capacity of text book writers in developing Urdu lessons for said classes; and
- Lobbying with relevant government departments for inclusion of developed lessons in Urdu textbooks of said classes.
Project: “Pathways to Success”
The Pathways to Success program activities will support and empower 1400 girls ages 13-19 from marginalized communities in Peshawar District. The project objective is to provide the target adolescent girls with enhanced skills and opportunities for successful careers and enriched lives. At the individual level this will enhance the capacity of the girls to make decisions about one’s own life and act on them to achieve a desired outcome while at the community level this will boost shared prosperity.
The project includes the following components;
Component 1: Formal technical training in public and private schools.
Component 2: Entrepreneurship and income generation training.
Component 3: Complementary programs to develop work readiness skills (soft skills, life skills, ICT skills) and promote awareness of career pathways for women in the workplace.
The program will contribute to increased access to education for adolescent girls in Peshawar. The project views adolescence as an age of not just vulnerability, but also as an age of opportunity, especially for girls. The hope is that this group of target adolescent girls will also serve as agents of change for others and an inspiration for their communities.
Project: “Strengthening Social Cohesion and Resilience through Educational Initiatives” (Third Phase)
The Social Cohesion and Resilience Programme is one of the very innovative initiatives around the globe, focusing on education, social cohesion and resilience in respective communities. The initiative is also aiming to bridge the growing gaps between various segments of the society . Our Ulema E karaam, Religious Scholars and teachers are very important segments of the society and are actually the true leaders of respective communities as well ,therefore they can play a very visible and vital role to contribute towards the noble cause of social cohesion and resilience . Similarly all the children are equal “Rights” holders, irrespective of their association with School, Madrassa or any other institution. Our children must be provided with required learning opportunities to become true ambassadors of peace, social cohesion and prosperity in society.
Therefore we, initiated the program in 2013 , with the intention to seek support from Ulema e Karam, Community members and teachers, for the envisaged goals and to learn about the possibilities of collaboration to minimize the isolation, polarization, division, prejudice and stereotypes between/among groups of the society, in the vulnerable contexts. I am very contented to share that we received overwhelming support from the all the stakeholders including Ulema, community elders, madariss and state run schools, for the successful implementation of the envisaged activities. For the very first time in the history of KP, frequent joint events were arranged for students of schools and madrassas on periodic basis . They participated actively in the healthy and learning activities like Sports , Debates and Discussion forums on various topics related to civic engagement and themes of Social Cohesion . Similarly Qirrath, Naat and Calligraphy competitions were also arranged to spread the verses of the Holy Quran , having direct messages for peace, respect for humanity and civic engagement.
The project has proved that we all are belonging to each other, in one way or another and can contribute very positively , even by staying in our own circles,by respecting the local and cultural norms , but there must be a selfless “will” to serve those ,who are in need. Though we , with our limited capacities , will continue our efforts for promotion of the culture of coordination rather than irrational confrontation among society members, but the goal of a truly peaceful ,prosperous and socially cohesive society, cannot be achieved unless we all contribute towards it. We should not only relay on government to address our agonies and issues but as active citizens , it is the utmost civic responsibility of us all as well to serve and contribute towards the mentioned goal. We often talk about our rights but we rarely think about our obligations towards society. A slight change in our perceptions and way of thinking , can solve many issues
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