Agah Walidain – Informed Parents (AWIP

Agah Walidain (Informed Parents) is a home based customized program catering to children from conception to 3 years of age. It is a comprehensive program to promote holistic early childhood education. It fosters inclusion of the newly-wed couples, families, parents and children to ensure optimal outcomes. The principal architects with the power to transform a child’s development and learning are parents and caregivers. It not only focuses on the child’s upbringing, but also on creating harmony and interaction within the family to nurture the child from conception to 3 years of age – the crucial formative years of life. The overall objective of AW-IP is to empower parents for optimum development of their children and to set a pathway for lifelong learning through timely rendering of information and support during the first three years. The AW-IP program helps children to explore their hidden potentials and prepare a child for a balanced life through the involvement of mothers and caregivers both at home as well as at AW-IP centres. These interactions can boost cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Family Support Motivators (FSMs) work with mothers and caregivers on child development and responsive parenting. Awareness sessions on healthy diet and nutrition, responsive parenting, prenatal and post-natal health care and health and hygiene of both mother and child are part of this holistic development program.

AW-IP program offers yoga exercises to parents, especially mothers, grandparents and caregivers to ensure physical mental wellbeing. Yoga helps to develop harmonious mind and body. Trained yogis conduct daily sessions for mothers and children at AW-IP resource centres. Similarly, special yoga sessions are arranged for pregnant women to encourage exercise and mind peace and comfort during pregnancy. Another essential aspect of this program is home visits as Family Support Motivators visit student families at home to ensure that center’s conducive learning environment is replicated and the learning are practiced at home also to align both environments in order to optimize learning outcomes.

For the holistic development of a child, different components of child learning are set in such a way that every component complements each another. Marriage counseling sessions are arranged in order to imbue the notions of a healthy lifestyle in their daily practice. The program helps in delineating the possible efforts that could ensure the healthy and safe environment that is pertinent to children educational and social development. Modern researches have proved that child learning starts from the conception; parent’s social, emotional, psychological and health condition has a huge impact on the development of a child. Therefore, prenatal education sessions are held regularly under AW, wherein parents are delivered with knowledge about prenatal child and mother care. The aim of the program is to disseminate every detail ranging from hygiene to physical exercises so that conducive environment for parents and child could be created.

RF advocates the rights of children and believes that it is pertinent for the whole society to understand and disseminate the rights of children and their protection. In Pakistan there are pitfalls in the dispensation of child protection mechanisms. Therefore, RF believes that community sensitization is important. Communities are receptive. They are imparted with the knowledge about child protection and care. Through community sensitization, RF promotes the harmony in the community, which can easily trickle down into the family through timely investing knowledge.

RF believes in the core values of transformation in the vulnerable communities living in Pakistan. Through Family Support Motivators (FSM), access to the household could easily be maintained. It is imperative for child development to synchronise the environment in the home and school so that maximum learning outcome could be achieved. FSM pay regular visits to homes and ensure the viable environment for the children. Moreover, grandparent session is regularly conducted to give information about child development as children are mostly attached to their grandparents. These sessions were conducive in raising awareness among grandparent about social, educational, emotional and age-appropriate needs of the children.