Rural Girls Education Centre

The Chenab Development Foundation is providing access to non-formal lower secondary education for out-of-school girls living in remote rural areas of Punjab through 15 Rural Girls Education Centres, where focus is placed on an extensive teacher training process and an SMS-based feedback mechanism is used to engage parents and the community.
Year launched: 
2013
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Chenab Development Foundation (CDF)
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Punjab
City: 
Layyah
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Program Description: 

The Chenab Development Foundation (CDF) is improving access to quality education for girls in inaccessible areas of Layyah by introducing 15 Rural Girls Education Centers (RGECs) in the district. These RGECs are non-formal lower-secondary education facilities, established at the village level, and they provide education to girls in grades 6-8, after which the students are given the option to pursue higher education at Allama Iqbal Open University via distance learning. Girls who have completed primary school education within one year prior, or who have dropped out of school while in grades 6-8, are eligible for enrolment in the RGECs.

The target villages for the 15 RGECs are identified through a needs assessment, and local female teachers are hired and trained to teach the curriculum for Grades 6-8. The students complete their 3-year lower secondary education in 2 years in these RGECs, with coursework for grade 6 and half of grade 7 completed in one year, and the second half of grade 7 and grade 8 in the second year. Quarterly exams are conducted in accordance with the Pakistani government's system for student assessment.

The RGEC model places particular emphasis on the capacity building of teachers. It aims to provide the teachers with extensive training at the start of the project and has devised a unique way of monitoring their performance and punctuality, through an SMS based monitoring system. Parents and community members can send a SMS message on a centralized number to register feedback, and the information is fed into a centralized database at the CDF field office. The teachers are remunerated on the basis of per student enrolled and continuing in school, as well as student performance in quarterly exams.