Construction of a Secondary School in Natt Kalan
ADP is funding the Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) to construct a girls’ secondary school in Natt Kalan in rural Punjab. Presently, the nearest girls’ secondary school in the area is 5-6 km away. Most girls in the village cannot continue on with secondary education due to the distance. Bunyad plans to expand the existing primary school which is already serving nearly 60 girls and 25 boys. In the meantime, a make shift middle school classroom has been set up, with a current enrollment of 21 students and admission requests from an additional 35 students.
The funds provided by ADP will add benefits in many areas. Bunyad will build upon the existing infrastructure by adding 3 new classrooms equipped with electricity and furniture to alleviate crowded classrooms, create a more conducive learning environment and enable learning at the secondary level. It will install a hand pump along with a motor pump to ensure access to purified drinking water. Finally it will construct latrines and a boundary wall to facilitate the retention of girls studying at the secondary level.
Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) is a non-political NPO/NGO established in 1992 in order to make a difference in the lives of rural communities, by alleviating poverty and empowering disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through literacy, as the first step to development. Bunyad believes in empowering under-privileged, marginalized groups particularly rural women and children with literacy, education, gender justice, employability and economics to improve their standard of life and enhancing their capacity to be self-dependent. Central to its mission is involving the community in the local development process, via multi-sector programs, and encouraging marginalized communities to join the mainstream of development.
Bunyad has published more than 252 books related to literacy, education, health, law to name a few, and a fortnightly newsletter is being published on a regular basis and disseminated among the rural communities of Punjab. Bunyad has touched many lives since its founding, serving over 2.6 million benefactors in its efforts to date.
ADP will monitor the progress of the construction of the classrooms (and related infrastructure) as well as on-going performance of the students and teachers via the following key metrics:
- Construction progress and budget updates
- Student enrollment levels
- Teacher and student attendance
- Student assessments and teacher evaluations
- Primary-to-secondary school graduation rates
ADP is excited to fund this project given the need and desire for a secondary education opportunity for girls in the village of Natt Kalan.
Critical Need: In Punjab there is a strong need for secondary education, particularly for girls, as currently there are over 44K primary schools compared to the approximately 7K middle/secondary schools in the province. With the nearest girls’ secondary school located over 5 kilometers away (and relative unfamiliarity of the teachers in that school), most girls in Natt Kalan are denied secondary education.
Social Return: In addition to the need, there is a large desire for girls’ secondary education in Natt Kalan. 21 girls have already been accommodated into a make-shift middle school with 35 awaiting enrollment in Natt Kalan. This number is likely to rise after the construction. Building and furthering literacy for girls in the village will play an essential role in their advancement and opportunities within the local and broader context.
Bunyad has a proven track record of improving and sustaining high teacher and student attendance rates:
The chart below highlights the high quality of education at Bunyad:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is there demand for girls’ secondary education in Natt Kalan?
Yes. Due to the nearest girls’ secondary school being over 5 kilometers away, a lot of parents do not send their girls to secondary school. Currently twenty-one girls have already been accommodated into a make-shift middle school with 35 awaiting enrollment in Natt Kalan. Hence, there is a large desire for girls’ secondary education in Natt Kalan.
Q. Is Bunyad a suitable partner for this project?
Yes. Bunyad has an excellent reputation within the education sector in Pakistan. They have already completed numerous education initiatives in Punjab. They are known to have been committed and effective in their past projects. This was verified through a number of references calls.
Q. Is the current primary school being well-run?
Yes. During a site visit it was established that the teachers are enthusiastic and are committed to providing quality education to their students. The students performed well during an academic test. The enrollment rate is also high.
With your generous donations, the construction of the girls secondary school is well underway. For progress updates, please see our Facebook album
The school construction project has begun. Before starting construction however, representatives from Bunyad Foundation got together with local community members to form a committee to oversee the project. The boundary wall is almost complete and a water pump has been installed to provide clean water to students at school.
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