All the little things that make school a school

All the little things that make school a school

One of the main obstacles preventing children from getting education is poverty. Even when school itself is free, many parents do not enroll their children just because of the affordability of related expenses such as schoolbooks, uniforms and stationery. At other times, the lack of basic facilities at schools, hold back the parents from enrolling their children. Therefore, while planning intervention for Out of School Children especially at community level, it is very important to make sure that the children have safe and conducive learning environment at school, which sometimes starts from something as simple as providing a tent for the shelter of children.

In Arando, located at Basha Valley, Alight Pakistan established a non-formal school, which had space issues. The community provided a small room and open location where classes were commencing however the building was not enough spacious and sitting in open air was not convenient especially in extreme weather conditions. This was affecting the learning pace of the children therefore Alight team not only arranged shelter for this school but also provided them with solar-powered facility and provided all the students with school bags, textbooks and exercise books, and basic stationery.

These interventions and support extended by Alight made a huge difference in children’s enrolment rate, as it motivated both parents and students to come to school. Parents were satisfied with the arrangements for their children education and confident, that the little ones would be safe at school, including the girls. And the children were excited and eager to study using the materials provided by Alight. The quality of education also improved as teachers did not have to worry anymore about the weather disrupting the classes and they had proper books and exercise books to support the teaching and learning.