Balochistan faces serious challenges in the areas of access and quality of education, Only about 10,000 settlements, out of the 22,000, have schools while 12,293 schools in the province, 87% are primary schools; 8% are middle and 5% are high schools, Only 20% women in Balochistan have ever attended school and 13% women have completed primary or above, In terms of "missing facilities" as over 57% of schools do not have drinking water, 52% have no electricity, 46% have no boundary walls, 29% are without a toilet facility, while 9% are without any shelter.
BRSP started its Education interventions in 2007 by providing WATSAN services in primary schools, later on when Social Sector emerged as a section, BRSP than focused on education as a key intervention area, Education is a cross cutting theme within the organization.
BRSP's goal in education sector is "To contribute in poverty reduction by improving the access and quality of education in Balochistan". It aims to address the education sector issues and problems by contributing through improving the infrastructure of schools, addressing the issues of missing facilities, capacity building of teachers, policy advocacy, provision of learning material for increasing the enrollment and maintaining the retention from primary to secondary level, monitoring the community owned schools for improving the quality delivery of education, provision of education in emergencies, addressing the WATSAN issue in schools, ensuring community participation in the education processes by formation of School Management Committees, strengthening already formed PTSMC's and promoting public and private partnership in Balochistan. Currently BRSP is implementing education projects with partnership of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Balochistan Education Foundation, EU, UNICEF, UNHCR and KFW in Khuzdar, Quetta, Jhal Magsi, Noshki, Pishin, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Loralai, Kohlu, Barkan, Zhob and Chagai.
BRSP Improved infrastructure in primary, elementary and secondary schools falling within the catchments of community organizations under social mobilization program, activities include; repair and renovation of schools in order to create an enabling teaching and learning environment for both teacher and students in the province.
PPAF Education (Current Project)
Education is the basic right of every child; however, majority of children especially girls are deprived of this facility in Balochistan. To date BRSP has been successful to contribute in increasing and retaining 9,308 students (girls and boys) in 141 schools, which has further added value by increasing literacy ratio in given schools. In line with the objectives of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP) in collaboration with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is embarking upon a project on education which is linked to the government of Pakistan's national education agenda and poverty reduction strategy. This project outlines four objectives for the target districts' education system: i) to improve the learning environment in the public sector schools through physical improvement; ii) To increase enrolment and improve retention through provision of basic facilities and reading writing material; iii) To facilitate and strengthen public private partnership through physical improvement of target schools; and iv) To build the capacity of teachers.
BRSP understands that promoting boys and girls education is urgently needed, since a literate society is able to fight poverty in a more effective way. In order to strengthen the grass root structures BRSP aims to bring communities into an organized fold, enabling them to pursue their own agenda of development which through a continuous process of nurturing and empowerment, strive to resolve their communal issues through self help approach and thus contribute to improve their living conditions.
The progress of the project is as under:
The specific objective of the project to increase enrollment through establishment and support of Community Schools, and decrease dropout rate through the community in the district of Lorelei, Kohlu, Barkhan and Musa Khail, Balochistan, and to ensure the target group (5-9 years) aged child's enrollment particularly for girls and quality primary education in community schools of targeted Districts of Balochistan.
As per target of 810, the project Social Organizers conducted 642 monitoring visits of community schools, project coordinator conducted 86 visits against the target of 120 and Project Manager paid 28 visits of target schools. Whereas, 119 large scale community meetings held against the 243 target, 16 Parent Education Committees (PECs) joints bank accounts were opened, 11 lands transferred has been done for establishing community schools and 73 agreements has been signed against the target of 81; to support students to read/study, 78 schools has been given course books against the target of 81.
Our Contributionsin Promoting Education Geographical Area & Number of Schools
|1||Formation of School Management Committees (SMCs)||350|
|2||Repair & Repair & Renovation of schools||79|
|3||Capacity building of Teachers||372|
|4||Provision of reading , writing material||304|
|5||Provision of furniture||110|
|6||Establishment of science & computer labs||62|
|7||Provision of Sports items||60|
BRSP recently signed an agreement with RSPN to implement “Mobilizing Communities to Demand Education (Article 25-A) and Local Accountability” project with the financial support of education campaign, Alif Ailaan. This one year project (from July, 14 to June, 15) to be implemented in 16 Union Councils (UCs) of district Pishin & Jaffarabad Balochistan.
The overall objective of the project is to facilitate communities to actively engage with the political system, political parties and public representatives and education department for the improvement of education and related physical and policy level infrastructure.
BRSP is working with RSPN to create accountability mechanisms whereby organized communities can access and ensure quality education. The project is facilitating communities to actively engage with the political ‘system’, which includes political parties, public representatives and the Department of Education, to improve the state of education and related physical and policy level infrastructure. Through the formation of a ‘Parent Ittehad’ (parent’s union), communities are working together with the BRSP-fostered Local Support Organizations (LSOs) in 16 Union Councils of 2 districts to identify problems in the education and school infrastructure in their communities and advocate with the political system to ensure that their problems are resolved, so that every child can go to school. Community activists and community resource persons are being trained by the LSOs, and will ensure the attendance and retention of every child in school. Thus, communities will work together and campaign for their basic right to education.