$100 million financing support has been approved by the World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors for Pakistan’s efforts to increase literacy and student retention rates in the Sindh province.
The WB’s statement issued in this regard said that the amount has been approved for the Sindh Early Learning Enhancement through Classroom Transformation (SELECT) project that is aimed at helping the provincial government enhance investments in basic education in disadvantaged and remote communities.
The aim of the project is to strengthen reading and comprehension skills of primary level students, which are necessary for student’s early learning. An adaptive education system will also be instituted in the schools to effectively manage school disruptions and mitigate future school dropouts.
All of this will be achieved by using innovations in technology and communications to help students return to d and stay in school when they expect to fully reopen in August this year.
“School closures brought on by the covid-19 pandemic have disproportionately affected children, especially girls, from low-income households and hard-to-reach rural areas across the Sindh Province,” said Najy Benhassine, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan.
“The SELECT project aims to tackle learning poverty in the Province’s most vulnerable communities. It will mainly focus on early learning and ensure a safe learning environment that is equipped for remote learning, so that students can continue education in case of further school closures,” Benhassine added.
Moreover, the project also aims to transform the teaching practices for early learning through professional development programs, which “will offer interactive, distance-learning techniques using audio-visual tools that complement in-class literacy lessons and include new teaching and reading materials geared to foundational learning” the statement said.
It will also upgrade school infrastructure to ensure safe learning environments, particularly for girls through grade eight.
“SELECT [the project] will benefit more than 1.25 million students annually in grades 1-8, across 12 districts in Sindh Province where learning indicators and gender equity are low,” said Shahram Paksima, Task Team Leader for the project.
“The project will bolster the education system by training 3,500 teachers, 1,300 subject coordinators, and 600 headmasters who are responsible for resource management. It will also upgrade facilities in more than 500 schools,” Paksima added.
From : pk.mashable.com