HDF started a project of Digital Study Hall (DiSH) Project with the support of Ilm Ideas Education Fund of DFID and with the funds from UKaid in July 2012 in 30 selected schools of Mardan district. The purpose of the intervention was to achieve enhanced learning outcomes and improved pedagogy through showing video lessons to students of the selected schools. Three types of Schools i.e. Private, Govt. and HDF were included and the video lessons were designed for three subjects of two grades i.e. Math and English for grade I and Math and General Science for grade III and science. It explored the possibility of resolving the problem of quality teachers by the use of technology. It aimed at improving education for disadvantaged children in rural and urban schools in Pakistan. Engaging video lessons were shown to students in targeted schools as a complementary teaching tool with the purpose of achieving enhanced learning outcomes and improved pedagogy. The students of a given class watched these video lessons with a teacher in the room, who acted as a mediator between the lesson on TV and the students, and led discussions and activities. The teacher also received additional training to help him/her improve delivery and incorporating technology into his daily lesson plan.
Upon successful completion of first phase of the project, the same project was scaled up in district Rahim Yar Khan where 65 schools were selected for implementation of the intervention where approximately 4000 students were direct beneficiaries of the project and 260 teachers were trained in delivering education through video lessons.
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CEI approaches in action
HDF's Social Mobilization wing conducted out extensive preliminary base-line surveys, followed by mid-term and end-line surveys to track the beneficiaries of this innovative learning product. The surveys led to defining the beneficiaries and extensive training and advocacy tactics ensured making an impact on the audience. Also, the program has been implemented in the HDF schools where school fees are very nominal and other schools where it has been implemented are govt. owned where fees are extremely nominal as well.
HDF initially launched its Dish program in Mardan region in 2012 in the province of KPK as a pilot. The results turned out to be exceptional with 100% attendance rate and enrollment rate. As a result of this, the same was replicated in the Rahim Yar Khan region in southern Punjab after almost a year of pilot in 2013.
We are currently focusing on sustainability of the project running in Rahim Yar Khan and Mardan. The plans for scaling up and repliation will follow after.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The project team leader is responsible to share all implementation plans, progress and reporting formats with the donor. When the project in implemented, each of the education coordinators dorectly monitor the schools where the project has been implemented. they visit each school twice a month and the team leader is boud to visit atleast once a month for monitoring. The reports are compiled and sent to the donor as well as the HDF senior staff on monthly basis.
After the project start-up a 5 days training is conducted while the school equipment is set-up. A base-line survey is conducted to asses the current situation of the community. After the initial survey, classes are incorporated. midterm assessment is conducted during the academic year to measure progress. A 2 day refresher training courses are provided to build capacity of the staff and an end-line survey is conducted at the end of the academic year.