This is the third part of the blog series that delves with our travels across KPK. This part documents our experience in Abbottabad and Mansehra.
Our second last stop was the Government Primary School – Qalandarabad which surprisingly was the first co-educational school that we had come across. Compared to the other schools we went to, this one was the smallest. We had a fun lesson on World Habitats which the students loved, especially the hands-on activity which had them hanging colorful habitat mobiles around their school.
We also had an interesting conversation with the school principal and a local resident, Azeem, who spoke about the new standards that have been implemented with the arrival of the new government.
The headmaster spoke about how administration had become quite strict with teacher conduct which had an increase in teacher attendance and productivity. He was, however, critical of the discrimination his school faced, being in a Hazara majority area. Medium of instruction was also something that he thought is an issue for which active steps need to be taken to be resolved.
Our final stop before we returned to Karachi was the Government Middle School – Ghazikot which like the school in Qalandarabad was also co-educational. This too lacked the infrastructure that we had seen in the schools earlier on in our trip. This was also the first school that we had come across that did not have a multimedia.
Roman and Arabic Numerals that was very well-received both the students and teachers. These students were definitely the most excited for solving exercises on the meraSABAQ tablet.edia set-up. After checking out their preparations for the Independence Day celebrations, Sana conducted a lesson on Roman and Arabic Numerals that was very well-received both the students and teachers. These students were definitely the most excited for solving exercises on the meraSABAQ tablet.
Interestingly enough, this was also the school that Azeem, the resident we had met yesterday had been a student at. Azeem volunteers his time during summer vacations by meeting up with organizations that come to visit schools in Hazara majority areas and vocalizing issues that they face.
Despite being cramped up in a car for most of this trip, this has turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had. Each school we visited is testament to the hard work that the KPK government is doing to achieve its educational goals. Everyone we met, from the district representatives, the school administration, the dedicated teachers were a pleasure to interact with. I’d also like to take this opportunity to convey a big thank you to the team at Alif Ailaan who were such a source of support for us. The work put in by the KPK Government that we observed is truly inspirational, something that we get to see more off in this part of the country.