DIL News Developments in Literacy, Inc. A Not for Profit Organization January 2003 Visit DIL on the Web at www.4dil.org Project Updates For more Project Updates, see page 3 DIL Thanks Levi Sheikuhpura Project Schools Show Progress Strauss for a Najmi Sarwar, executive board member, visited DIL’s Generous Grant Sheikuhpura project in January DIL received a three-year, $151,000 2003 and reported good progress grant from the Levi Strauss Foundation to at the six-month juncture; the support and expand its IRC Khairpur atmosphere of the schools has project. improved, teachers are showing The grant will be used to: promise, and students are • Further improve the quality of extremely encouraged and are non-formal schools; learning well in more orderly • Upgrade one more school to the classrooms. level of advanced schools so that all Middle school in Nizampur Dhaka. In DIL’s Sheikuhpura Foundation schools (K-2) are connected project, 1,539 girls are enrolled in the five To this end, 10 competent private teachers with one advanced school (3-8); government schools that were adopted by have been hired in the hope that their • Build the capacity of commu- CARE, DIL’s partner NGO. Under the success will encourage the government nity-based organizations so they can make teachers to follow suit. half the Foundation schools sustainable in The DIL team visited three schools in three years; October 2002. Because the project was in • Adopt five fellowship schools its early stages, they saw the schools in (Sindh Education Foundation funding has their original state: children were learning ended and the schools are to be handed to by rote and there was excessive the communities) and maintain their overcrowding.Teachers unable to manage quality and outreach; the children sent them home at break time • Develop a cadre of teacher and they did not return until the next day, trainers from the government system and the schools did not have proper furniture, help them design and deliver effective and the teachers resorted to hitting the modules and workshops; children who were slow to learn. • Develop in-house teacher All five schools are now equipped with training capacity and provide training libraries that the students use and enjoy; also, services to other private, non-govern- Due to lack of space, classes are being held CARE has provided course books, stationery mental and governmental institutions in between the school building and boundary wall. maps and globes. All of the schools hold upper Sindh (District Khairpur, Shikarpur, agreement, which commenced in July reading and drawing competitions as well as Ghotki, Jacobabad, etc.); and 2002, the government provides the school weekly staff meetings. Sweepers have been • Participate in policy dialogues, buildings and teachers and the NGO must appointed, student hygiene is being empha- based on lessons learned, to influence improve the standard of education and sized, and classroom walls are being adorned educational policies at the district level. premises and provide materials. with syllabus-related charts. DIL is extremely grateful to the The biggest challenge facing CARE DIL looks forward to the continuing Levi Strauss Foundation for its generous is to change government teachers’ attitudes transformation, which CARE promises is support, which will improve the lives of and to ensure they attend training and inevitable as it continues to strive to bring some of the most deprived girls of follow CARE’s new methods of instruction. about change. Pakistan’s Khairpur District. 2 January 2003 • DIL News Developments in Literacy News Letters from the Heart A Letter from Sponsor DIL Students Give Thanks Sikander Jiwani Dear Sir, Students at DIL My name is Saima Ilyas. School in Orangi The name of my school is Naushaba School. My school has Share Their Dreams four rooms and an office. During my visit to Karachi in early I have been attending December 2002 to attend my niece’s school for almost a year. My wedding, my three brothers, two nephews parents had stopped sending me and two nieces and I decided to visit the to school and I was sitting at DIL school in Orangi, near Karachi. As we home without education. The drove toward the school, it became evident head teacher of Naushaba School Students at DIL’s Naushaba School. it was located in a truly remote area and approached my parents and told was serving a community that otherwise them about the importance of education, and now I am in class five. would be without such a facility. Many of my other friends who were not going to school previously are now attending The school was modest at best; the this school with me. Our teacher teaches us with love and kindness. Our school is very nice most pleasant aspect was the presence of and we are very happy here. All the girls living in the Muhallah are attending this school. beautiful little children. They seemed a little We request the DIL Project to continue running our school, so that other girls who intimidated initially by our presence, yet are sitting at home are given the opportunity to receive an education. I can now read and eager to show off what they had learned. write very well. I too will study to become a teacher someday and serve my country. It was wonderful to see what a few Thank you. dollars could do in terms of changing lives and bringing hope. The students My name is Sadiq Mohamad. I am in class four. Our teacher’s name is Miss were just like those in any other school; Rashida. Our school is very nice and it is of a very good standard. We love to study. they were excited and happy someone We do not have clean water in our school. If I had a big playground in my school, I cared. It brought tears to my eyes when would study day and night so that one day I can become a very important person. they all sang Allama Iqbal’s “Lub pe aati We do not have a cricket team in our school; if we had one, then we would play hai dua bun ke tammana meri.” matches with other schools. I truly felt future lives were being We have four rooms in our school and one office. The office is very nice. shaped in those small rooms. My Kindly help us form a team in our school. Thank you. nieces—Sitara, 11, Chand, 8, and my nephew Waahid, 10—sat down with the Assalam o alaikum students, asked them questions and shared We four sisters and brothers are their own experiences about their attending this school. Our father is a very American schools. We could see the poor man, and he just could not afford to sparkle of hope in the children’s eyes. pay school fee. For this reason, we were We were impressed with the unable to attend school. Realizing how teachers and the administrator, and poor our parents were, we never even asked believe they can do a lot more given the them to send us to school. opportunity and resources. Tayyaba DIL School. Then suddenly one day, my father’s The visit gave us the satisfaction of friend told him that with the support of DIL Ottawa, a school by the name of DIL knowing DIL is accomplishing good Tayyaba has been opened where the school fee is minimal, and he should enroll his things. I would recommend other donors kids in this school. Today we are all attending this school for free. visit their schools to see their dollars at We are very grateful to DIL Ottawa, as it is due to their generosity that we are work toward improving lives and making attending school. Thank You, Zeenat the world a little better. January 2003 • DIL News 3 Developments in Literacy News Project Update: DIL Islamabad Imran Ahmed was elected as new with potential partners and to see their spending time in the field working with chairperson and all other members existing school projects. We are negoti- the teachers and the project staff. agreed to continue on the Board at DIL’s ating with an NGO and hope the project Sudhaar’s report for KK recom- annual meeting of the Board of Trustees will be set up by March. mended an increase in material and in November 2002. The Trustees thanked Sudhaar, a reputable NGO that monetary support to the schools to outgoing chairperson, Brig. Mansoor regularly monitors DIL’s projects, audited improve the Dir project standards. DIL is Yusaf Shah, for his dedication and the Khairpur, Orangi and Dir projects. The exploring sources of funding for quality commitment. report for NOWA recommended a phase- improvement in the Dir schools via Board members and friends of DIL out of multi-grade teaching, strengthening educational and recreational materials. visited the office and went to the projects the role of VECs and for NOWA Education DIL emphasizes content and with Tauseef Hyat, executive director. Promoters to develop more linkages with methodological training to teachers in all Masooma Habib from DIL’s Washington the government. The monitoring report for DIL schools. We are coordinating with the Chapter, Saman Kareem from San Diego, IRC similarly pointed to multi-grade Society for Advancement of Education to Athar Osama from Rand Corporation and teaching as a problem and recommended train NOWA’s teachers, Education Omer Saeed from the Los Angeles that the IRC Education Team improve its Resource Development Centre for IRC’s Chapter visited the ABES project at communication with VECs and with the teachers and Education Resource and different times during the last six months. NOWA team. Further workshops for the Information Centre for KK’s teachers. Hyat also accompanied Mehar Patel of the accounts personnel at NOWA and IRC are ABES and CARE provide training to the Washington Chapter to the Orangi project. being scheduled. DIL teachers. IRC’s training program Three executive board members—Sara In its report on FES, Sudhaar received a boost when DIL received Abbasi, Najmi Sarwar and Fiza Shah— recommended additional funding be permission from Levi Strauss Foundation visited the Islamabad office and all DIL found for the schools and emphasis on to reinvest savings from the project into projects in October 2002. community mobilization. We plan to extra teacher training, allowing IRC to Hyat and the executive board concentrate on a school improvement bring in high-quality trainers from Aga members also went to Balochistan to meet plan for FES and NOWA and will be Khan Education Service, Pakistan. FES Project Update: Student Enrollment, Training Increase The number of children enrolled in the Faran Educational Society (FES) project has been increasing by leaps and bounds and is now more than double DIL’s initially budgeted figures. FES and DIL have signed another MOU with a revised budget that accounts for the increased costs. FES has been giving regular, intensive training to the DIL teachers through its Faran Academy. The training concentrates on various aspects of school planning and management; FES also offers regular internal workshops on accounting procedures and record keeping for the schools’ management teams. The teachers are responding well and some of the best performers are being selected for higher-level training programs funded by other agencies, such as the Aga Khan University IED program. Some schools, such as the DIL Paradise and DIL Nation schools, have begun to develop their own learning materials. FES’s social organizers and program staff follow up with the training. The newly established DIL School Management FES and DIL have signed a revised budget to account for increased costs Committee develops better monitoring tools for the DIL schools. to accommodate more students. 4 January 2003 • DIL News Developments in Literacy News Students Thrive at DIL-ABES Schools in Rawalpindi Region Adult Basic Education Society schools, in June 2002. Student enrollment math, Urdu, religious studies, general (ABES) conducted an extensive baseline commenced on June 19; furniture, black- knowledge, and arts and crafts. UNESCO survey to identify areas in rural Rawalpindi boards, wall charts, educational material has provided a set of 20 books for all of and contiguous districts of Attock and and teaching kits were provided to each the schools. Chakwal that urgently need girls’ schools. school. The first week was spent cleaning, Eighty percent of students are More than 150 villages were surveyed in organizing and decorating classrooms learning well and have already April and May 2002, 85 communities were with the communities’ help; teachers sang, completed the syllabus for class one, approved and 25 locations were selected recited poems and played games with ABES reported. Teachers are working for establishing DIL schools. children to attract them to schools. with the slow learners, giving them Community School Councils (CSC), Syllabus teaching started on June 25. more attention and time. Parents are set up to support the teachers and oversee Currently, 604 girls and 326 boys are being provided with results of students’ the day-to-day needs of the schools, have enrolled in the DIL-ABES schools. assessment and are happy with the been actively involved from the start and Students are learning English schools’ progress. Student attendance meet on a monthly basis. phonics with the aid of audiocassettes dropped during October due to the All 35 teachers attended a 14-day and flash cards. ABES also has devel- harvesting season; the ABES staff and training workshop, designed to enable the oped a guidebook for teachers for this CSCs are now educating the parents on teachers to establish child-friendly purpose. Additional subjects include the importance of regular attendance. Teacher Helps Sisters at DIL School in Dhoke Hafeez Village To Progress Anjam Javeed, 10, and Rabia When the monitoring Javeed, 8, live in Village Dhoke Hafeez. staff visited the school Both sisters are deaf and mute. some months later, they Unfortunately, the closest school for were amazed at the girls’ special children is in Rawalpindi, about progress. Their teacher, 50 kilometers from their home, and their Rizwana Kauser, told the parents cannot afford the cost of trans- staff the girls were the first portation or tuition. Local government and to arrive every morning private schools cannot meet the special and had not missed a single needs of the girls. The principal of a day of school. When asked school the girls previously attended sent how she had been able to them home after five months, claiming teach the girls so well, that they were inattentive and difficult to Kauser said she had done teach. So the girls stayed home and so with the help of visuals, Training from DIL-ABES allows the teacher in Village Dhoke Hafeez helped their parents with household flash cards and wall charts. to help students who need it most. chores and agricultural work. The sisters love the the students. When DIL-ABES opened a school in arts and crafts class, and they do the Kauser credits the training provided the girls’ village, their mother approached actions that accompany the phonics by DIL-ABES for her success with the the field staff and pleaded with them to teaching perfectly. Anjam’s writing is girls and says she is committed to giving enroll her daughters. After some considera- now the best in the class, and she assists them special attention, as they too have tion, they were granted admission. her teacher in making teaching aids for every right to an education. Visit DIL on the Web for Financial Information An audited report of DIL’s financial information for 2002 is available on the web site at www.4dil.org. Also, donors can now make their contributions via automatic deductions through their bank accounts. For more information, contact DIL at (714) 545-2567. January 2003 • DIL News 5 Developments in Literacy News Welcome New DIL Chapters: Ottawa, San Diego DIL Launches Ottawa Chapter San Diego DIL Chapter Hosts First Fundraiser DIL launched an Ottawa chapter on June 15, 2002. San Diego joined the family of DIL chapters in September Senior Canadian government representatives and the 2002, and promptly set about organizing its first fundraiser. Ambassador of Pakistan were among the 700 people who DIL board members hosted an Iftar dinner on Nov. 25 to attended a variety program that showcased the dances, fashions introduce DIL to the community and invite their participation and music of different provinces of Pakistan in June to raise and support in promoting the educational advancement of the funds for DIL. A video presentation depicting DIL schools young girls in the DIL funded schools. affected the audience, who contributed $18,000. The evening was a tremendous success; the community DIL was registered as a non-profit organization with the responded with enthusiasm and generosity toward DIL’s goals. provincial government in September 2002; registration with Many thanks to all board members and volunteers who helped the federal government is currently being pursued so that DIL make this event a hit. donors living in Canada can receive tax-deduction. We feel DIL has made an auspicious beginning in San A food and cultural fair is being organized for June 15, Diego, and we hope to continue the good work in supporting 2003, at Dows Lake Pavilion, a major tourist attraction of DIL’s inspiring focus. Ottawa. After all, it’s all about the little girls! Yes, I want to help DIL DIL Board Members to promote literacy. Sponsor a child, sponsor a school or Patron Nighat Khan Aqeela Chawdhary make a one-time donation. Dr. Nafis Sadik Shaz Khan Raschid Chawdhary All donations are tax deductible, Executive Board Mariam Rashid Abdullah Jafari Tax ID No. 33-0843213 Sara Abbasi Hashmat Saeed Anjum Jafari Jameela Fakhri Omer Saeed Nadir Shah I would like to sponsor _____ child/ Saeeda Fancy Faisal Siddiqui Zeba Shah children at $40 per child per year Mehar Patel Hajra Siddiqui San Diego $______ to be paid annually for five years Hashmat Saeed Fiza Shah Roohi Darugar Najmi Sarwar Farhat Zubair Rubina Husain I would like to sponsor ______ 1-room Fiza Shah New York Samar Karim school/schools at $1,000 per school per year Tasnim Shaheryar Saeeda Fancy Nadya Khan $______ with a five-year commitment Board of Trustees Fauzia Iqbal Safi Khan Pakistan Tasnim Shaheryar Iqbal Rashid I would like to make a one-time donation of $____________ Mr. Imran Ahmad Shaila Zamir Naseem Rashid Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali San Francisco Ghazala Siddiqi Name _______________________________ Mr. Akber Aziz Sara Abbasi Ottawa Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy Ghazala Khan Talat Chaudhry Address Ms Tauseef Hyat Lubna Sheikh Sadiqa Hai _____________________________________ Ms Nasreen Iqbal Asma Sheikh Musarrat Rana Mr. Ayub Qutub Saira Siddiqui Rabia Razvi City _________________________________ Brig. Mansoor Y. Shah Washington, D.C. Naveed Siddique California Mahnaz Ahmad Singapore State _____________ Zip _______________ Parveen Ali Masooma Nabi Rubina Akhtar Nayyer Ali Seema Nawaz Amra Farooqui Tel __________________________________ Naureen Din Mehar Patel Shirin Rafiq Adam Fakhri Nina Rana Malik S. Sarwar Please make checks payable to DIL: Jameela Fakhri Houston Najmi Sarwar 895 Holly Glen Drive Asma Farukhi Rafi Aziz Long Beach, CA 90815 Kausar Khaja Saira Aziz Tel (714) 545-2567 Fax (714) 545-2592 6 January 2003 • DIL News Developments in Literacy News Girls in Khwendo Kor Project Improve Khwendo Kor (KK) has opened all and social skills has taken place after one 40 schools as per the original contract year of schooling. The people of village with DIL. The government formally took Botata, for instance, said that their daugh- over two DIL schools in villages Doryal ters had become articulate, well mannered and Zako—a positive sign for future and tidy after joining DIL schools. One sustainability of the remaining schools. parent noted that girls who used to attend The Education Resource and government school would return tired and Information Centre continued its training irritated; now they come back happier of KK teachers until August 2002. because of the shorter distances and Student-teacher relationships and the because they enjoy school so much. confidence level of the children visibly Academic and environmental improved in all the schools following this improvement in the classroom, and Tauseef Hyat encourages a child to read. training, KK reported. Areas such as seeing the change in the girls, has lesson planning, record keeping, multi- encouraged more people to send their grade strategies and classroom manage- children to DIL schools. Enrollment is ment still need improvement. increasing daily; by the end of the The KK monitors are proud to see project year, enrollment had crossed the how happy DIL students are when they 1,000 mark. This increase is expected to visit the schools. A noticeable, positive continue, as many potential students are difference in the students’ personalities available in the villages. Long Beach, CA 90815 895 Holly Glen Drive Developments in Literacy, Inc.