ILM Possible – Take a Child to School

British Council (BC), TDEA-Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), Children’s Global Network (CGN) and School of Leadership Foundation (SOLF) are collectively implementing ILM POSSIBLE: Take a Child to School Project in four provinces of Pakistan – Punjab (25 Districts), Sindh (18 Districts), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (12 Districts) and Balochistan (5 District). The aim of the project is to enroll 135,000 out of school children (5-11) primarily in Government Primary Schools but in areas where government schools are not available or their capacity is full, enrollments will be made in private schools that offer free education (e.g. Charity Schools). Of the newly enrolled children, 80% are expected to stay in school during the life of the project. These goals and objectives will be achieved through a set of following activities:

  • Child enrollment will be increased with the increased level of awareness of the right to education, importance of education and related processes among parents and communities
  • Improved service delivery and infrastructure in schools with the help of Mohallah Committee interventions

Life Skills, Education and Sports Coaching Sessions in selected schools within Dosti Initiative will be held

Role of FAFEN:

  1. To build the programmatic capacity of British Council’s partners through periodic trainings, constant feedback and on-site mentoring through FAFEN District Coordinators of Partner Organizations.
  2. To conduct monitoring of Enrollment, Retention, Muhallah Committee Formation and Advocacy Initiatives and furnish periodic reports on project’s achievements of specified targets along with presenting the recommendations for further improvements in the project.
  3. To develop and update the online utility of ILM Information System for reporting of all programme activities;
  4. To provide facilitation to British Council’s partners on the technical aspects of the project particularly the use of ILM Information System through FAFEN District Coordinators of partner organizations to be hired and trained for the purpose.
  5. To develop and execute targeted education governance reforms through advocacy campaign at the national and provincial levels in order to complement the efforts of British Council partners in 60 districts.

Project Achievements- Year 1

  • In the first year of the project TDEA-FAFEN developed a robust and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation methodology to ensure all the activities conducted by strategic partners of the project and/which are monitored on timely basis.
  • TDEA-FAFEN brought all the partners together by indigenously developing an online reporting utility “ILM Information System” which enabled all partners to report their activities in real time.
  • Community mapping was conducted in all 60 project districts where the child enrollment rate was found to be lowest. During the community mapping exercise, 293 union councils were profiled and many of the union council’s Secretaries were interviewed. Furthermore, to measure supply side indicators of education, 1475 schools were profiled. The school profiling included measurement of indicators relating to infrastructural services, service delivery and access to schools.
  • Baseline study, designed in coordination with the British Council, to assess the districts and schools for their enrolment and retention’s trends. The baseline study is focused on the identification of out-of-school children and one of the major factors behind low enrollment. Baseline study has measured the schools infrastructural needs, provision of services, availability of basic and support facilities.
  • A total of 2604 volunteers were profiled out of which 2135 were men and 469 were women. This indicates that despite of engaging women in the project their participation remained 1/4th of that of men.
  • 37 Mohallah Committees were formed out of 250 by Children Global Network in the project districts. However, the monitoring results show that all of them were found to be verified.
  • Total 20644 children were reported on ILM Information System. Of the total, 5534 children were enrolled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10436 in Punjab and 4674 in Sindh. Among the total reported children 41 % were girls and 59% were boys.