Bara, Khyber Agency, Pakistan September 2015- “We are much happy after returning to our own village. It feels good when I see my children satisfied after recalling the hardships and exhausting time of displacement” says Zamindar father of Shakeel Ahmad.
Zamindar has to look after his family consisting of 2 daughters and 6 sons. By driving a taxi he is only able to provide food to his family and he hardly meet the other basic needs of his family which compelled him not to enroll his children in school. His worst economic condition further pressurized him to put his children in to child labor.
“Lack of resources pushed me to abandon the education of my children after return. They are supporting me in reconstruction of our partially damaged house” says Zamindar father of Shakeel Ahmad.
“All my friends are enrolled in school and they use to play cricket. I wish to join them in school where I will resume my education and will play with my friends” says Shakeel Ahmad
Shakeel Ahmad during presentation at TLC established by PADO
with his class fellows
PADO with the financial support of PHPF initiated an education project to jump start the educational activities of the returnee children and established Temporary Learning Centers. Educational supplies and recreational material are also provided to these TLCs to ensure that the teaching and learning process is smoothly operated. PADO team during their routine field visits met with Zamindar and found that Shakeel is not enrolled in school. PADO team sensitized his father and conveyed that complete educational facilities will be provided free of cost. After detailed meeting his father agreed to enroll Shakeel Ahmad in to school.
PADO team established 2 TLCs nearby his home in a fully damaged school where Shakeel Ahmad was enrolled in grade one. He was also selected for the package of student learning kit and he resumed education after receiving educational supplies from PADO. Besides getting education he has now the opportunity to play with his friends in school.
“I regularly attend the school and I like my student learning kit. I will become a teacher of Urdu in future” says Shakeel Ahmad
“I witnessed significant change in his behavior after enrollment to school; recreational activities with his friends give him immense pleasure which makes me happy. I am thankful to PADO and PHPF whose support enabled my children to get quality education” says Zamindar father of Shakeel Ahmad.
Facts and Stats:
- Establishment of 53 Temporary Learning Centers
- Enrollment of 5800 children’s
- Student learning kits distribution to 5800 children
- 50 Taleemi Islahe Jirgas formation and Training on their roles and responsibilities
- Teachers training on CFS, LSBE, Psychosocial support, Multi grade teaching and coping with post displacement needs.
- Minor repairs in 6 school