DevCon is right based organization and acknowledges the right to quality education for all. Education is DevCon’s core program area. Essentially, organization has expertise and vast experience on various models of primary education-ranging from informal education, accelerated learning courses, early child education and formal education. Peculiarly, socially excluded, poor, working children in rural areas of Sindh comprise cross-cutting target group of Educational Interventions of DevCon. Organization designs its education interventions through systematic approach and contextualizes program strategy accordingly.

Approach of Intervention

Capacity Building

DevCon has build capacity of 400 teachers on Child Friendly Teaching Methodologies in 150 government primary schools. Similarly, School Management Committees’ were capacitated in these schools to contribute in transforming these schools into child friendly schools.

School Support

DevCon established 73 second shift schools for working children and provided all required support in terms of hiring teachers, building their capacity, providing learning toolkits/accelerated course books to students etc. 2800 working children acquired 5th grade competencies from 2nd shift schools. After two years of accelerated learning program these children were mainstreamed into government schools. Moreover, through advocacy with Education Department DevCon upgraded 5 Girls Primary Schools to Middle Schools. These schools are providing middle education to more than 548 girls in Sanghar.

Improving Literacy

Under different literacy initiatives in Badin, DevCon established centers to provide functional literacy and life skills to 100 working children and Families. In addition, DevCon provided non-formal primary education to 300 working children girls, 10 female teachers located in 10 villages of Badin District. Furthermore, DevCon is providing early child education to 1157 children in Badin as well.

Assisting Initiatives

DevCon is managing, supervising and monitoring 77 government schools scattered in adjacent Tehsil of District Khairpur, Ghotki and Sukkur, in partnership with corporate giant OMV Pakistan (now under United Energy Group). There are 4230 students acquiring primary education in these schools. In targeted Schools DevCon has build capacity of 120 teachers to enhance their pedagogical skills. On similar lines, DevCon has been managing 25 Rural Based community Schools, accommodating 1500 student, 50 teachers deployed in Two Tehsil of District Sanghar in partnership with Sindh Education Foundation Government of Sindh.

Advocacy and Lobbying

DevCon has developed various accelerated and multi-grade modules in local languages to support students and communities. In 2013, DevCon conducted Education Budget Analysis of five Districts in Sindh. Organization is building its advocacy campaign around findings of this research. DevCon in collaboration with UNOCH restored educational activities in 54 IDP occupied schools through Renovation and Community Mobilization in Taluka Johi, District Dadu, and Sindh Province. The intervention restored the educational activities of 3,620 girls, 6,473 boys, 40 female teachers and 270 male teachers. DevCon build teachers’ capacity on class room management skills etc.

DevCon’s Interventions on Education