Pakistan is ranked second in the world, where out of school children (OOSC) are highest with over 22.8 million boys and girls between the ages of 4-16 year are deprived of the right to education. This accounts for 44% of the total population of Pakistan of the age group mentioned. Moreover, girls are more affected by this educational crisis as compared to boys. The problem is rooted deeply and adversely in underprivileged, slums, war-affected, and rural communities. These communities lack basic facilities of life, let alone the infrastructure and resources for education. The children in these communities are subjected to life long cycle of child labor and social ignorance due to no education concept. Additional factors include social and cultural mindsets prevalent in these communities for centuries. These communities are hard to reach and hard to impact due to multiple social and economic barriers. The children could not be streamed into formal education system due to different needs and different age groups. All of these factors require an intervention which addresses these challenges without any perturbation in social and cultural environment of these communities.
We have designed a model which is tailored and customized for the needs of children in these communities while keeping the standard and quality of education at par with advances in educational paradigm. Our model has three main components:
ICT Integrated Learning
Our idea is to facilitate the communities through an engagement model led by the community for the community. A facilitator engages the community, highlights the problem, and motivates the community to take an initiative towards a better life for their children through education. The facilitator is extensively trained by the team to transform him/her into the role, where he/she can deploy and implement the model in his/her community. We believe training the community member is the key ingredient in initializing the change in the first place. The training is conducted through a complete guideline of online and onsite sessions by the training and development team.
ICT Integrated Learning
The learning model is designed to cater the needs of diverse age groups of children with no prior experience of school. The designed model is applicable to a child of 4 years and 15 years equally
We have designed a customized accelerated curriculum to effectively develop literacy skills in a shorter duration. The curriculum is designed to develop primary level literacy skills in 12 month & grade 6-8 literacy in 18 months. A child undergoes a unique journey of learning and transformation to develop the essential skills for a sustainable future.
- Primary Education in 12 Months: A unique compression and segmentation of learning outcomes in 9 levels delivered in monthly order. The curriculum is developed for four subjects English, mathematics, urdu and science.
- Elementary Literacy in 18 Months: A unique compression and segmentation of learning outcomes in 3 levels delivered in bi-monthly monthly order for each grade. The curriculum is developed for five subjects English, mathematics, urdu, islamiyat and science.
Every lesson of TAKMIL is developed through the smart integration of video lessons curated and aligned with learning objectives. A child is expected to develop the lesson understanding through an advanced medium which engages his/her senses deeply.
The model is designed to evaluate the learning process of child at regular intervals. Every level of curriculum is assessed through a digital assessment application. The system enables our assessment team to evaluate and analyse the learning outcomes of every child in these remote areas.
Considering the barriers of implementation technology in remote areas, we have constructed the technology implementation such that the model has no dependency on:
- Brick & Mortar School Infrastructure
- 24/7 Availability of Internet
We have developed a technology driven approach which delivers the educational content through offline resources, and requires minimal power sources supported by solar panel system. The model is sustainable and requires no technical training for operations by the user. The technology components are derived from mini-projectors and mini-chips based computers capable of running a complete digital school in a portable box.