APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
TCF will enroll 5,000 new students at 70 new school units, along with 5,000 new students at existing schools. TCF's unique model is designed to meet the challenge of 50% female enrollment in a conservative cultural setting through:
Embedding schools in the heart of the community at a convenient walking distance for girls; 100% female faculty; Close engagement of teachers with communities, especially at admission time. This allows conservative parents to send their daughters to TCF schools. Moreover, TCF provides education at nominal costs.
Given a pipeline of 6,000 girls at TCF secondary schools, we expect at least 500 girls to continue studying at the higher secondary level. TCF's volunteer mentoring program 'Rahbar' assists in career counseling for secondary students in which girls are strongly urged to continue studying and are provided scholarships.
The adult literacy program, 'Aagahi' is a 3-month program held twice a year at TCF schools with the objective of making literate 4,000 mothers/elder sisters and relatives of TCF children this year. The program is run in partnership with another local NGO, which provides curriculum material and conducts teacher training and monitoring while TCF solicits learners and hires the program teacher.
600 additional jobs for women will be realized through establishment of new schools and operation of new shifts at existing schools.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The 70 new school units will be launched in areas where the demand for education exceeds the supply of institutions. The standardized TCF school units will host 5,000 students (2,500 girls) in the first year of operation. The remaining 5,000 children (2,500 girls) will be enrolled in the existing 730 TCF schools units. Each school unit reflects a capacity of 180 children in a school with five to six classrooms, an administrative block (staff room, principal's room, account assistant's room and store), toilets, library, art room, laboratories (in case of a secondary unit), guard room, canteen, courtyards, and playground. Minimal school fees will be established and uniforms and books will be bought by TCF for its students.
For each TCF school, the following activities will be undertaken:
Procurement of school materials and supplies (Nov 2011 - March 2012)
Staff hiring and student admissions (Dec 2011 - March 2012)
Ordering and distribution of uniforms and books (Dec 2011 - March 2012)
TCF provides education till matriculation (10th grade), after which it supports its students, especially females, through scholarships for higher secondary schooling in community colleges. Scholarships are based on merit.
For the Aagahi Program, TCF first runs an awareness campaign within the respective community to assess the need for the program. Once this is established, the teachers for the program are given relevant training and provided with lesson plans and materials. The timings for the classes are mutually agreed upon by the teacher and the students and written assessments are held twice. This is a three month program that takes place twice a year.
Staff hiring will take place in Dec 2011- March 2012, and an all new faculty (600 females) will have to partake in pre- service training in March 2012. All faculty, both present and new, will also participate in the annual summer in - service training.
With 173 million people, Pakistan has the 6th largest population in the world. Two thirds of this population is under 25 years of age, and half is illiterate. One child in every ten out of school children, worldwide, lives in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Labor Force Survey, a mere 45% of women, as compared to 69% of men, are literate. Both physical and social barriers hinder access to basic education, especially for women. This has led to economic deprivation and social backwardness, especially for women and children and can be seen through human rights abuses; Pakistan is ranked 125 on the Human Development Index.
TCF aims to provide quality education to the less privileged, especially girls. TCF believes that educating girls and women will have a higher social impact - an educated mother ensures that the children will be healthy and educated, leading to a more productive work force. Furthermore, TCF creates employment opportunities for women, as all TCF schools have an all-female local faculty. Similarly, to make sure that children gain full benefit of the education provided, TCF also provides literacy classes for the mothers, sisters, and relatives of TCF students.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
TCF has procured funding for the construction of its new schools through individual and corporate donations. Currently, TCF seeks funding for the support of the schools, its program of higher secondary schooling, and adult literacy.
OFFERING: Best Practice Information
In the 15+ years, TCF has learnt that poor parents are willing to send their children (including girls) to school. Pakistan's education problem is a supply issue rather than that of demand.