Although access to education has improved in Rupani Foundation’s intervention areas, the quality of education has not always kept the pace. While more children are enrolled in schools today than ever before, most are still not receiving the education they need to succeed in life.
Rupani Foundation’s education program aims at offering a systematic and comprehensive education portfolio that ensures a ladder of quality education opportunities from ECD to tertiary education, offering high quality education opportunities at RF’s own institutions, professional development, and training of teachers, improving national education systems, and contributing to knowledge generation and the achievement of sustainable development goals.
Education Improvement Programs at Schools (EIPS)
EIPS gives special attention to improving student’s academic and non-academic learning outcomes through systems approach - emphasizing the importance of enhancing government capacity, school leadership, teacher transformation, parental participation, community engagement, and student empowerment. RF is currently implementing two major EIPS programs in Gilgit-Baltistan.
1- Girls’ Right to Education in Gilgit Baltistan
This project is an excellent example of successful multilateral collaboration. Funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through UNESCO, it is implemented by Rupani Foundation with the support of Government of Gilgit-Baltistan in 44 government schools in the remote Astore District of Gilgit Baltistan.
The rigorous admission campaign along with other intervention to improve the physical and learning environment of the schools enhanced the enrollment of 685 children (405 girls and 280 boys) in primary classes of the project schools
The project trained 84 teachers in primary Math and Science, conducted five workshops for 225 members of School Management Committees and Mothers Support Groups and sessions on Covid 19 were organised for teachers and students.
The most convincing and motivating factors for the parents were improving the physical environment of the schools. The project constructed 28 washrooms, 4 classrooms, renovated 5 schools and worked on repair and maintenance of 42 schools. Carpet and underlay were provided to 95 classrooms of the project schools.
2- Introducing Computer , STEAM and Entrepreneurship Education in Government Schools
This program is first of its kind in Pakistan to inculcate future skills in school education and transform the students into makers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts of tomorrow.
As a lead implementing agency, Rupani Foundation has partnered with Gilgit-Baltistan Rural Support Programme (GBRSP) and Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to implement the program in 200 public sector schools in 10 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Rupani Foundation trained 100 Tech Fellows in collaboration with LearnOBots and GbeeTechive and deployed them in 200 schools to implement the pioneering Computer, STEM and Entrepreneurship program the public sector schools in 10 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The impressive and innovative projects, demonstrated by the students in a short span of time, have substantiated the potential of the program to transform the education landscape of Pakistan.
The intervention has already seen achieving its targets as students from low socio-economic backgrounds are developing projects on STEAM, Entrepreneurship and Computer Programme and Coding. The impressive and innovative projects, demonstrated by the students in a short span of time, have substantiated the potential of the program to transform the education landscape of Pakistan.
In computer, the students are taught block programming through scratch, python coding and basics of freelancing alongside the basic IT skills. In STEM, the students are preparing multiple hands-on projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related fields.
The entrepreneurship component promotes entrepreneurial and business sense among students to enable them to develop the skill of becoming job creators instead of job seekers. With the strong support of the government of GB, RF plans to lend financial and technical support to the best projects by linking young entrepreneurs to various financial and technical support groups at the GB and national levels. By developing linkages with the policymakers and key stakeholders in Gilgit Baltistan, Rupani Foundation is looking to scale up such initiatives to transform the education landscape of the region.