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2016-2019 Karachi Pakistan

Teaching thousands of children in slums of Karachi by opening 100 non-formal schools.

Education is considered to be pillar of countries in the world. Through education, literacy levels increases, and so the quality of human resources.

 Due to the needs of the education most governments in Pakistan are currently engaging with NGO sector to support provision of better education at larger scale at provincial level.

It helps in making the process sustainable, by bringing together all the stakeholders, i and deliver quality education together.

The NGO World under ZEST Program take part in promoting education is by establishing Non-Formal schools especially in marginalized areas. It is evident that in remote parts of Pakistan, children do not go to school because the schools are not there.

Sindh is the second largest province of Pakistan in terms of population and is facing problem of Out of School Children (OOSC), there are currently more than 4 million Out of School Children present in the province. To facilitate Out of School Children, The NGO World (TNW) with support of Turkiye Diyanet Vakfi executed ZEST Schools Project in slum areas of Korangi and Malir Districts. During surveys conducted in targeted areas, the major problems identified were; non availability of proper schooling for children in the community, no employment opportunities and existence of acute poverty. 

According to the model, out of school children where economically poor and unable to afford school charges, who were before attached with the nearby Islamic Madaris with free education. Now, can have access to basic primary education and learning the Quran

During consultation meetings, it was mutually decided by TNW team, local community notables, high ups and donor organization (Turkiye Diynet Vakfi) that some school projects should be launched. 

As a first step. So in this way, initially 25 ZEST Non-Formal Education Centers were opened and after a year the figure was reached to 100 centers.

Furthermore, the community members’ active involvement made the task easy as they offered to facilitate the children by providing 01 room at their home to support the cause and future of children. Moreover, requirement like sitting mats, class books, stationary, pens, chairs, cupboard for the female teachers were provided by the donor organization.

ZEST is low-cost non-formal school system designed to take out of school children (7-11 years of age) back to the formal educational system by completing their five years primary education in only three years instead of five years.

Additionally, an awareness campaign was also launched for the women and children of the project area. For this ZEST teachers were trained to deliver sessions to the target groups on various aspects of their daily life including health & hygiene, mother & child care, effective parenting and life skills.

 Establishment Process of ZEST Schools and Functions

Below is a list of some of the major activities showing the process adopted for establishment of ZEST schools and the standard criteria followed for each activity.

  1. Community Mobilization: Individual contact, small group and large group meetings or Broad Based Community Meetings (BBCM)
  2. Area selection: Primary selection of UCs and villages on the basis of target population/ available educational facilities and literacy rate.
  3. Survey: Identifying eligible students, potential teachers, and selection of suitable rooms/ spaces for ZEST schools through door to door survey.
  4. Student’s selection: Select 35-40 students for each ZEST school (out of school boys & girls) with the age group of 7-11.
  5. Teacher’s selection: Female teachers were preferred, with Educational qualification preferably of Intermediate. The teacher must be willing to attend all teacher training courses including monthly refreshers, should be residents of the same community, having acceptance in community, agree to run her classes everyday (for 4 hrs for 6 days in a week in winter and summer), and visit students’ houses if necessary.
  6. Space for school: Free spaces to schools were provided by the community and ZEST team tried to find spaces fulfilling such points. (Normally the size of school room should be 14’X18’ sq. feet. The rooms are well ventilated (with sufficient light and air) having proper arrangement of toilet facilities for the students.
  7. Opening of ZEST Schools: Facilities to teacher and students
  8. Syllabus adopted belonged to govt. Text book board or NFE specialized syllabus and syllabus to be covered in 03 years
  9. Grooming of students by practical activities, role play and terbi’ah lessons
  10. Days Celebration and Awareness raising among students
  11. Regular Capacity Building of staff and activists
  12. Regular Exams, class evaluations and monitoring visits

Final Assessment of ZEST Students

The final assessment was carried by Government of Sindh Non-Formal Basic Education Department; all the students who were enrolled for final assessment were gathered at examination centers and they successfully cleared the assessment, as per criteria provided by Government of Sindh (Education Department).

Appreciations for ZEST School’s Teachers

18 May 2019.SALAM TEACHER ceremony was graced by the participation of a delegation from Turkiye Diyanet Vakf (Donor of ZEST Project Karachi) and Director General, Literacy and Non-formal Education, School Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh.

Financial Literacy for ZEST Students

TNW and National Institute of Banking and Finance (NIBAF) entered into an understanding to join hands in implement National Financial Literacy Program for Youth (A Project of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Basic aim of program was to impart essential financial education to Pakistani youth and school going children for strengthening of their money management skills and understanding of financial matters. TNW Foundation has conducted TOTs with all ZEST teachers and training sessions with 3000 students and provided orientation on financial literacy.

ZEST as Integrated Model of Community Development

The ZEST Project is not only an educational project, we enriched it with a number of interventions to make it an integrated model of community development. It contributes as

  • NFE model to teach out of school children;
  • Teachers earned salary at home based activity (Poverty Reduction);
  • It empowered the women;
  • It contributed towards child protection;
  • It reduced child labor;
  • It contributed towards better health by raising awareness and free medical camps;
  • Orientation to students and community on environmental protection;
  • Social support by provision of gifts on different occasions.

ZEST Contributed to society on the whole through actions like;

  • Targeted youth and managed training workshops on various topics;
  • Engaged the youngsters in volunteer activities;
  • Organized the community activists and provided them with social mobilization skills;
  • Networked them with service providers and technical training institutes.

Graduation Ceremony and Certificate Distribution of ZEST Schools

On completion of academic session (2016-2019) of ZEST Non-Formal Schools on December 5th 2019, a graduation and certificates distribution ceremony was organized in Karachi.  Minister for Literacy and Non-Formal Education, Government of Punjab, Raja Rashid Hafeez graced the event as chief guest. Secretaries of Literacy & NFE department of Punjab and Sindh provinces were also there to appreciate and acknowledge the successful students. 

It was a day of celebration for students who were out of school three years ago, and also THE NGO WORLD (ZEST Project) on bringing them towards books. The achievers including ZEST project team, teachers and even parents were excited to see the amazing product. 

Mr. Muhammad Alam Thaeem, Director Literacy & NFE department, Sindh, shared his encouraging remarks and views about ZEST schools. He told that ZEST project has been providing quality education to these students. He added that the ZEST is being considered as a model project on NFE for other organizations and government departments. 

Director Literacy & NFE department Government of Sindh appreciated the efforts of The NGO World team and great support from Turkye Diyanet Vakfi for proving education to out of school children.Minister along with distinguished guests presented certificates to the young students and appreciated the efforts by all stakeholders towards promoting the culture of education in neglected areas.

Case Study

Head Master Government Primary School Ibrahim Haideri, Baloch Para Karachi

There was no such education or school facility in our community. Children used to play in streets and wasted their time and wandering around. They were involved in bad habits. In 2016, we came to know about ZEST project. Mr. Zameer Hussain representative from ZEST explained that his daughter Kulsoom Mehmood completed her Matriculation, therefore they decided to open ZEST center in their home premises along with the support of ZEST team. We started to mobilize community for sending their children specially girls in the center for their primary education. With team efforts, we were able to convince 25 parents to get admission in the ZEST schools. Now, they have completed their studies till grade 5.

Further, he also told that now people have awareness of providing basic education to their children as they are satisfied with ZEST schools education system. ZEST is not only focused on provision of basic literacy but also provide character building trainings to the communities and setting examples for other children and parents.

Case Study:

The five real brothers & sisters at NFE Centre in Karachi are part of ZEST School, they all are of different ages but all are class fellows. This family was looking for provision of quality education and when they came to know about Non-formal ZEST School, two kilometers away from their home (the closest educational facility). They approached team TNW-ZEST and told that they are interested in getting enrolled in the ZEST NFE center. They all are expected to complete their primary education by next year and later plan to continue their education at secondary level.

This is how, low cost Non-Formal schooling is helping to the underprivileged children living in slums.Consul General of Republic of Turkey was briefed about ZEST Schools Karachi Pakistan.

Consul General of Republic of Turkey in Karachi, Mr. Tolga Uçak visited project of THE NGO WORLD in Karachi. During his visit chairman Mr. Zafar Iqbal briefed him about the ZEST schools project being run in collaboration with Turkiye Diyanet Vakfi since 2016.

President of JICA Appreciated ZEST Project

February 19, 2020 Karachi: Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA visited Non Formal Education School in Karachi established under ZEST Schools Project. During his visit, Mr. President observed the class room and had interaction with the students and teacher to know about the learning process and outcomes of project being implemented to teach out of school children living in slums.

He appreciated teachers, students, parents and community activists on their exceptional role in bringing out of school children in ZEST schools to complete their primary education in three years. He said that students at ZEST schools are enjoying the learning and it is the beauty of Non Formal system.Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka also wrote his encouraging remarks in the ZEST visitor’s book that he was very much impressed by the work doing by TNW for non-formal education.