SINDH BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
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Success Stories
Read the compelling real-life experiences of our beneficiaries who are benefiting from Sindh Basic Education and other programs implemented by the School Education Department, Government of Sindh and funded-by USAID.

Learn how young students and new and existing teachers in Sindh are benefitting from the opportunities offered by the School Education Department, Government of Sindh.

Role models in the making
Sikander Ali Kalhoro, an eleven year boy lives in the village Wasu Kalhoro, in District Qambar –Shahdadkot. His father, Gulab Khan Kalhoro, unfortunately got paralyzed from legs since last 11 years. Poverty forced him to beg as the final resort to support his wife and four siblings. His wife Mukhtiar Begam, engaged in tailoring to support the family. And Sikander joined in the struggle to survive by steering donkey cart and subsequently setting up a small shop.

Sikander came to the attention of the School Management Committee and community mobilization team during the SMC - community meetings and other school based events organized in GBPS Wasu Kalhoro. Enrollment was the focus of these discussions and activities. His father also often attended such meetings. SMC members and community mobilization team worked out a strategy to enroll Sikander and visited his family in this regard. They explained the importance of education to the parents of Sikander during subsequent meetings at his house and in school. And Sikander was often part of such meetings.

It was during one of such meetings that Sikander expressed his feelings of how earnestly he wanted to seek education. His father also expressed his desire to educate his son. His parents happily agreed to enroll him in the school. Sikander got admission in the Grade 1 on 7th of August, 2014, a memorable day, he recalls. He was the excited activist during the enrollment walk organized as part of the enrollment campaign for enrolling more students into the school. Sikander, unfortunately still manages his shop during school break and after school to support his family.

The Sindh Community Mobilization Program continues to maximize community support for the Sindh Basic Education Program’s investment in the future of education in Sindh Province by promoting importance of education among communities and enrolling children in schools.
Sikander Ali Front row (L), during enrollment walk organized in Village Wasu Kalhoro.

Acchi Taleem – A Mother’s New Prayer

Rugged topography, impenetrable vegetation and hostile weather conditions characterize the tiny village of Lal Buksh Sheikh, in the upper Larkana district of Sindh. Easily among the district’s most remote villages, Lal Baksh Sheikh is located near the frontiers of Indus River. Gathered inside the front yard of Rubina, a group of four to five mothers sat down to talk to me about their experience as parents with Sindh Reading Program (SRP). I thought of it as a good opportunity to also tell me how far they think they have come in letting their daughters get an education which puts them on a par with boys today...




Education Beyond Disabilities

It doesn't appear on any map; is barely visited by authorities; its people live in almost medieval conditions. For the world, this is a faraway village, Lal Buksh Sheikh, in Larkana city in northern Sindh; but for Aqeel-ur-Rehman and his 8-year old daughter, Anisha, this village is their whole world. Born deaf and mute into a family whose daily income is less than USD 10, Anisha’s life is the epitome of struggle with varying degrees. The twin impairment have a compounding effect on Anisha’s learning as a student. Ideally, a physical or any impairment should not have any effect on a student’s ability to learn to read and write as long as the....





Making Sindh A Happy Reading Province

Sindh is home to the world’s earliest university, and a proud owner of the planet’s oldest language. With a rich culture of arts and literature flowing through its veins in days gone by, it is alarming to see how the province’s four million children are becoming part of the growing uneducated population of the country today. Nearly 32 percent of primary school-goers are unable to read a single word of grade-level text in Sindhi or Urdu, while approximately 67 percent cannot read a story in either language. We saw it as a deepening crisis at Sindh Reading Program (SRP), posing a serious threat to Sindh government’s...





From Bullets to Books – A Tale of Two Towns

“Breathing burnt gun powder every morning and reeling from the shots of AK 47 and TT pistol before going to bed, are a big part of my growing up in Lyari. I know more names of Lyari gang war leaders than our national heroes. And I don’t feel proud when I say this. I feel sorry. I feel sorry for having to live amidst terror and gore all these years, and not knowing what it is like to be a normal teenager in a normal town,” said Mustafa Mughal, 18, resident of Lyari Town Karachi. For nearly half a century, Lyari has seen more young people graduating from roadside goons to gang war kings, than graduating from a formal academic institution. Modern schools,...





The Community That Reads Together Stays Together

In 2015 when USAID, through Sindh Reading Program (SRP), rolled up its sleeves to help public libraries in the city of Quaid reclaim their lost identity, the idea was to turn them into incubators of discovery and communication; places where people, irrespective of age and gender, gather, and where information comes to life through reading, learning and interacting with each other. Historical libraries usually fly under the radar as heritage landmarks, fading away with time, becoming less relevant and more obsolete. Lyari Textbook Library was one such public reading space. The unsung library has long been a part of the cultural and social landscape of Lyari -...





Ushering in a new era of reading and learning in Sindh

In what is being called a “groundbreaking achievement” for the Provincial Government of Sindh in Pakistan and the U.S., a 35-minute reading period has just been instated for all public primary schools in this Pakistani province of more than 40 million people. “The introduction of daily reading classes in primary schools is happening for the first time in the history of Sindh’s education sector,” said Tameez-ud-din, Program Director for the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP). SBEP is a government-to-government initiative between the U.S. and Sindh governments, with the aim of improving reading scores of 450,000 grade 1 and 2 children in the province by 2019,...






Breaking the barriers

The community members, members of the school management committees and community mobilization team of District Jacobabad could be observed engaged in a discussion. Meeting centered on how to enroll the girl and boy students of the eleven villages situated within 10 kilometer radius of the GBPS Hasul Khan Jamali and GBLSS Haji Hasul Khan Jamali, the only schools in the area.Parents could not afford the travelling cost of sending their children to the school because of absence of cheap availability of public transport. Participants were trying to unsuccessfully solve...




SMCs’ coordination leads to teachers’ appointments in Khairpur Schools

Efforts of the CMP’s community mobilization team working closely with the schools and School Management Committees (SMCs) to get enrollments up in SBEP targeted schools have delivered. More than 17,300 children including 7,251 girls and 10,085 boys got enrolled in CMP’s 400 targeted schools during program’s first 15 months. This refreshing achievement of a focused enrollment campaign has its own challenges. Imbalance in the student teacher ratio began adversely affecting teaching, learning conditions in the program target areas. SMCs of the CMP schools in District Khairpur began voicing concern over increasing shortage of teachers in the...




Community Engagement

In the Bakhshan Chakrani Village, located in the semi desert area two hours from Sukkur City, livethe four siblings of the Chakrani family: Allah Dad,Bai Khatoon, Sohni Khatoon, and Manzoor Hussain. Like many in the village, the family consists of villagers who raise cattle and work as laborers.Most lack education and are illiterate. Dad isa small scale farmerwho raises cattle,Bai is the wife of a tailor, andSohni’s husband works as a laborer. The fourth sibling, Manzoor, is among the few fortunate villagers and sole family membertoreceivean education. His passion for study, and eventual desire to teach children and expand their education...




Commitment to Education

Azam Din cannot read or write, which has solidified his and his family’s status in poverty. To make a meager living, he steers a donkey cart in the Pir Jo GothVillage in the Larkana District.Azam is not alone. Many other illiterate men and women work tirelessly everyday yet struggle for survival.Poorly-functioning administrative, management, educational, and community support systems significantly contribute to the prevailing illiteracy and poverty rates in the Sindh Province. Many recognize that education could resolve their struggles. However, this desire competes with their everyday needs for survival. Their solution is to ensure that their children are...




From Closed School to Model School

The Ali Mohammad Chawro Government Girls' Primary School (GGPS) is one of many schools that has suffered as a result of poorly functional administrative, management, educational, and community support systems within the school. As a result, teacher absenteeism, lack of community ownership, and inefficient management become the rule, rather than the exception. In these poorly functional schools, resources are wasted, with teaching and non-teaching staff getting salaries despite their lack of attendance, and SMCs receiving funds that are later misappropriated. Children, often girls, are ultimately the ones to suffer, as they are deprived from a sound education...




Land worth over Rs. 25m donated to School Education Department

Government Boys Primary School (GBPS) Bakshan Khan Chakrani is one of the many schools in Sindh running under dilapidated but repairable conditions. The school is located 90 kilometers away in a far off town called Saleh Pat in Sukkur (district). The school is up to Grade 5; which restricts young girls from acquiring further education. "There's no middle or high school in close proximity so the girls then sit at home," said the head master, Shah Bux Chakrani. Deprived of basic facilities, with meager water and electricity supply, the children continue to attend school without complaint...




Annual School Days

To promote its second phase of community mobilization activities, the Community Mobilization Program (CMP) component of the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) has facilitated a series of Annual School Days in 46 SBEP targeted schools. CMP Community Mobilization Teams closely coordinated with schools and scanned exam results and attendance registers to produce the events which recognize exam achievements and regular school attendance. The first three boy and girl students in grades one to ten received trophies and the top ten attending students in each grade received certificates of appreciation for regular attendance...




Back to School

Dilshad Ali is from the village of Sabal Junejo in Larkana District of Sindh Province. He attended the villages' Government Boys' Primary School until he reached Grade Three when his father, Irshad Sheikh, took him out of school:' I thought my poor family needed money more than education. So I took Dilshad out of school to help meon the farm.' Dilshad's case came to the attention of CMP's Community Mobilization Team working closely with the school and its School Management Committee (SMCs) to get enrollments up in SBEP targeted schools and children that had dropped out back to school. During a joint review of the schools'...




Groundbreaking Ceremony

PMIU was established in 2012 by School Education Department Department, Government of Sindh for the implementation and management of SBEP. Program Management & Implementation Unit (PMIU) is the transparent and efficient management of SBEP, ensuring program quality, effectiveness, technical coordination, accountability and sound administration.It is headed by SBEP Program Director who reports to Secretary Education and has been serving as the Secretariat of the Program Steering Committee (PSC)...





Hindu Minority

The Marwaari, a small marginalized Hindu tribal community, first came to the attention of CMPs' Khairpur team during the selection process for CMPs' Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey of mothers in relation to the health of children aged 5-9 in the village of Ali Nawaz Sahito. Three mothers, two Muslim and one Hindu were selected. Azra Marwaari, the selected Hindu mother said she felt honored: Organizations doing this kind of thing usually only visit homes of Muslims...





Increased Trust and Commitment

The announcement that the Government Boys Lower Secondary Schoolin Kouro Goth would be newly constructed received positive reactions from its community members. The school, which is part of the first SBEP package of schools designated for construction, is the only one selected to be demolished and constructed anew. To leverage the momentum brought on by the announcement, CMP has quickly worked to engage the community, including holding a groundbreaking ceremony on February 17. CMP's activities in Kouro Goth Village, including the groundbreaking celebration, have already had significant impact...




It's Also About Fun and Games

The CMP team has kicked off its community mobilization activities in Sindh by engaging with the communities and assisting them to construct Social Mobilization Plans (SMPs). The community surrounding Government Boys Middle School Haji Abdul Karim Unnar in Larkana District is one of the first to develop a SMP. CMP community mobilizers met with the school's School Management Committee (SMC), teachers, parents, and students at the end of January 2014 to develop a SMP, consisting of 14 activities.





Making Way for the New

Mr. Arshad Khashkeli is a resident of Tando Mir Ali village and well known shopkeeper and local character. Thirty years ago the school management for GBHS Tando Mir Ali in Khairpur District allowed him to use some space attached to the school to open a small shop. Mr. Khashkeli was justifiably concerned that his livelihood would be destroyed when he heard that the school had been selected for new construction under USAID's SBEP program and was to be demolished to make way for the new building.