• A joint venture of DAC and US Embassy, implemented in two settled districts of Kohat and Swabi and two tribal districts of Khyber and Muhmand. Women village Councilors, school teachers and children and local notables were the target groups. TV and radio programs were telecasted on the subject. 

    In Pakistan, 22,528 children were reportedly assaulted in the last seven years. The cases are on the rise as in 2010, 2,252 incidents were reported, and in 2016, 4,139 cases of child sexual abuse were reported. The unreported cases are estimated to be ten times higher than the reported figures with a visible continuous increase on a daily basis.Child protection cases remain un/under-reported due to ignorance to legal remedies and forums; general distrust in the legal and justice system, and the stigma attached to the profiling of such cases.

    Given that the Social Welfare Department (SWD) is mandated to support the eradication of social evils - one of which is child abuse - these gruesome statistics reveal that the progress on curbing child abuse is too slow. The reasons being fragmented, ad-hoc structures and limited capacities of the Govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Besides, child protection is a cross-sectoral subject, which requires a clear distinction of boundaries between SWD and other departments such as Health, Education, Local Government, Labor, Home, Police and Judiciary.

    Being mindful of these two major issues at the government level, this project aims to tackle the issue of child abuse from two levels: a) awareness training of head teachers of  girls schools and women village councilors, b) Conducting Policy workshops at high level with relevant government agencies from KP and FATA to share the outcomes of the porject activities and build support for rollout.

    Child protection cases remain un/under-reported due to general distrust in the legal and justice system and the stigma attached to the profiling of such cases. The reason of unreported cases of child sexual abuse are: non-cooperative attitude of police; complex, expensive and lethargic legal justice system; disclosure of sexual abuse being a social taboo; ignorance to legal remedies and forums; illiteracy & wide spread poverty. In girls, the disclosure of sexual assaults means stigmatizing & ruining their future. Children from low-income families, particularly rural areas are vulnerable when their parents are often away from home, work abroad or work in fields. Sometimes children are raped and brutally murdered for fear of identification of the culprits. The brutal rape and murder of a four-year old girl Asma in district Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and seven-year old girl Zainab in district Qasur, Punjab are examples of barbarous crimes committed recently.

    To support the Government of KP in building the capacities of major stakeholders the project aims to train the major stakeholders -women village councilors (whose job is to resolve social issues to develop a stronger community), and head teachers of Government Girls schools (who are in contact with the female students on daily basis and whom are reverred and idolized by the students). After being sensitized in relvant rules the councillors and HTs will spread the message to the people in their community/schools. An informed and awared community will be in a better position to thwart such evils and if God forbid any incident happens they will be aware of legal remedies available to combat child abuse. Besides, the outcomes of this first-ever project that involves multi-sector stakeholders will be shared with the GoKP and FATA to replicate the model for sustainable awareness and mitigation. 

  • Under the Directorate General Basic Education Community Schools Project Ministry of Education Islamabad, TPV for the Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) is a province wide comprehensive baseline primary data collection, physical verification and validation intervention. The intervention included, BECS in all the districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. State-of-the-art techniques (Android based GPS) were used in physical verification and validation by recording the GPS coordinates, pictures, snaps, meeting with Village Education Councils/Community and online reporting of the information. The project was funded by the Directorate General BECS, Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.

  • Under the Directorate General Basic Education Community Schools Project Ministry of Education Islamabad, TPV for the Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) is a comprehensive baseline primary data collection, physical verification and validation intervention. The intervention includes BECS in all the seven agencies in FATA and six Frontier Regions (FRs). State-of-the-art techniques have been used in physical verification and validation by recording the GPS coordinates, pictures, snaps, meeting with Village Education Councils/community and online reporting of the information.

  • A joint venture of DAC and American Government (AEIF), the Women Councilors in Village/Neighborhood Councils, in 4 districts of KP namely Kohat, Abbotabad, Malakand and Swabi were trained in Local Government Act 2013, planning and execution of development projects at VC/NC level and created awareness among them about women legal rights.

  • This was a joint venture of Australian Government and DAC and about 2000 out of school children were enrolled in Tehsil Ghazi of District Haripur and Tehsil Charsadda.

    Article 25 A of the Constitution provides for free and compulsory education up to age 16. Under 18th Amendment, provinces have enacted legislations of free and compulsory education, called Right to Education Act (RTE), however, girls education is still not a priority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province due to local customs and traditions, wide spread poverty, issues of access, lack of awareness and above all the evident threat by the extremists. According to a report, more than 900 schools have been blown up in the province out of which 65% were girls’ schools. Teachers were threatened to shut down schools and parents were terrorized not to send their daughters to schools. As a result, education indicators of the province are very low. Just 45% girls are able to complete primary education cycle and the rest dropout from the school.

     

    There is a need to create awareness amongst the School Management Committees, known as Parent Teacher Councils (PTCs) to operate in their respective communities as per Article 25A of the Constitution and to convince parents to enrol their daughters in schools and allow them to complete education. Head teachers and women councillors are the major stakeholders of PTCs as per PTC Guide 2007. In the recent local government elections, nearly 7,000 women village councillors have been directly elected for the 3500 village/neighbourhood councils in the province. However, they are not aware of their roles in improving education system and have not been trained in PTC, RTE and local government system as a result they are not performing their duties. Similarly, the head teachers are not discharging their responsibilities due to lack of influence in their community. Creating synergies between the women councillors and head teachers of government girls’ primary schools will motivate the community to send their daughters to schools to avail their basic right.

    For this purpose, the women councillors (member PTC) of two sub districts/tehsils and head teachers of government girls’ primary schools (Secretary PTC), will be trained. In these districts 43% school age girls (5-16) are out of school coupled with high drop outs due to fear of extremist attacks on girls’ schools and other factors enumerated above. The women councillors and female head teachers will be trained in three areas: a) their role under the local government system, b) provisions of free & compulsory education Act and c) provisions of role of PTCs under the free and compulsory education Act.

    Key Objectives:

    1. Effective role of Women Councilors in mobilizing community to enroll girls;
    2. Implementation of the  “Right to free & compulsory Education” (RTE) Act for girls;
    3. Participation of parents especially mothers in management of schools;
    4. Increased monitoring by women councillors;
    5. Removal of Gender Disparities through encouraging parents to send their daughters to schools;
    6. Improved teachers’ and students’ attendance;
    7. Reduce dropout;
    8. Women empowerment and economic independence;
    9. Improvement in the existing conditions of the school.
  • The project was implemented for Government of KP, in Education, Health, Agriculture and Population Welfare Sectors, initially in 8 pilot districts in selected service delivery units, which was later on extended to the entire province. The model resulted in significant improvement in service delivery in all the sectors. The success was due to need based budgeting and close monitoring under a structured regime of KPIs, Outputs and Outcomes.

    The PBB was a bottom up model which has been replaced with a top-down OBB by DFID funded project (SNG), which is more of a cosmetic nature, having no link with field establishment and thus no improvement in service delivery.

  • There are no accurate consolidated figures at provincial or national level about the Public Sector Spending on Education. This project provides consolidated fingures about original approved budgets and Actual Expenditure on education by Sector like Primar, Secondary, Tertiary, Special Education etc. The information encompasses the Federal Budget and all the four Provincial Governments. The exercises is being carried out every year since last 5 years with the support of I-SAPS Islamabad. The compendium is published and available on the website of I-SAPS (link provided under the Publications Section).

  • This is a comprehensive review of the Annual Development Program of KP, in the context of Integrated Development Strategy and Agenda for Change, The study has sparkling findings and the report can be accessed under Publications Section.

  • Developed Manuals and conducted Capacity Building Workshops for District Officers (Finance and Planning), Education and Health Sectors in the application of GFR, Treasury Rules, Delegation of Financial Powers, Procurement Rules and Chart of Accounts.

  • The Centers were established at Divisional level and Chitral. A comprehensive study of the District Health Development Centers in the context of optimal use of the capacity and reforms as a result of the findings. Only 3% of the capacity was found utilized, triggering reforms in the system and alternative use of the DHDCs. Report available.

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