Women's Organisation brings education to girls in Balochistan
“I want to become a teacher after completing my education,” says 9-year old Kulsoom, a student of fifth grade in the Government Girls Primary School, in Killi Sardar Nabi Bux, a village in Balochistan province. Her friend Nazima, 10, wants to become a doctor and serve her community.
- More than 1,693,000 people benefitted from improved livelihoods in crisis affected areas.
- 60,000 people have come together in nearly 2,410 community organizations, including 879 women’s organizations.
- 479 small scale infrastructure projects implemented by the communities including hand pumps for drinking water, solar lights and water pumps, latrines, street pavements and irrigation channels.
Only one year ago, their school – the only one in the village located just 20 kilometres from provincial capital Quetta – was in a dilapidated condition with no furniture or toilets, and only one classroom with one teacher and a handful of students.
The majority of the parents in Killi Sardar Nabi Bux always wanted their daughters to seek education, but could not fulfil this dream because of the appalling condition of the only school located in their vicinity. They identified rehabilitation of the girls' primary school as their most pressing need to community organisation formed by UNDP’s Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas project in Balochistan. This project has been funded by the European Union and the Government of Japan.
Since then, Sardar Nabi Bux, a local women community organisation, has constructed four classrooms and two toilets with UNDP’s support, and the school is now thriving with about 100 students aged between 5 and 12 years.
The school has three teachers to cater to the increasing number of students. “We are thankful to RAHA for helping us in constructing extra classrooms, since earlier the students had to sit and study in the open,” says Raziya Mustafa Kamal, a teacher in the school.
More than 80 percent of the girls of school-going age in the village have been enrolled after the rehabilitation of the school.
The project’s interventions have helped improve girls' access to education from about 33 percent to 80 percent in just one year. This project also contributed to the Millennium Development Goal number 2 related to universal primary education.
All the work carried out by UNDP is community-led and helps to raise the living standards of communities in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA by focusing on providing health, education and livelihood facilities, restoring infrastructure, fostering economic stability and reviving local businesses. In all UNDP’s projects, five to ten percent of the cost was shared by the communities themselves.