As reported by Dawn, according to Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM), Pakistan has 22.84 million children still out of school. With Baluchistan reporting the tallest scores of 70%, KPK scores second position in race of illiteracy with 57%. The report also highlighted that more girls are out of school than boys with former showing 9% increase than the latter.
In our service area there are a number of poor and deprived communities who have migrated from Sindh, Baluchistan, and Afghanistan in the pursuit of better living. They search out a vacant piece of land in large cities where they establish their shanty-towns. To their disappointment, they do not find jobs and end up sending their children to the streets to sell trinkets or beg at busy intersections. Although they are within city limits they are disconnected from the amenities such as the educational system. DWO’s survey of the engaged slum communities showed that:
- Slum Children never went to school; they have no idea of school.
- There are some serious health issues in the communities.
- The families of these communities are mostly beggars and are below the poverty line as defined by the Human Development Index.
- The slum itself has basic need problems like shelter, streetlights and drainage.
- These communities are keen on pursuing education and learning some skills to earn a respectable living.
- Children of these communities engaged in child labor and begging and often face discrimination and social exclusion in the society.
The concept of mobile school system entails transporting educational supplies along with a teacher to the community of the internally displaced (I.D.P.) or any other community that lacks formal schools.
So far we are serving four such communities.
The project is located within the 8 Slum territories of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Pahari Pura. Ring Road Peshawar
- Chughal Pura, Ring Road Peshawar
- Shoba Bazzar, Motorway
- University Town
- Kohat Road near Ramdas
- Near Toyota Khyber, Ring Road
- A teacher visits the slums daily in a mobile school (a van equipped with teaching aid materials) with an assistant.
- He/She takes an effective 2-hour class with about 40 children in each slum.
- Activity based learning for students.
- Dosti celebrates different national and International Days with the Communities.
- Arrange different Curricular Activities including
- Solo Exhibition of the Art Work produced by the Children.
- Different Work Exposure Trips to Different Schools and Organization.
- Different Sport Activities
- Music Classes for the Children
- Arrange different awareness programs among parents about importance of education.