Second Shift Schools for Girls

Through this project NRSP is engaging with local communities to run "Second Shift Schools" for 1,500 girls without access to education, at nearby rural boys’ schools.
Implementer: 
National Rural Support Program (NRSP)
Implementer Status: 
Year launched: 
2012
Operational status: 
Education level (ISCED): 
Total number of learners served: 
1,510
Female: 
100%

Location Data

Region: 
Launch country:

 
State/Province: 
Sindh
City: 
Shikarpur
Geography type: 
Program Description: 

This project’s central focus is on providing out-of-school girls with access to improved learning by running second shifts at boys’ schools, in remote rural areas of Sindh. Launched in July 2012, it emphasizes community participation through various community-based organized structures which ensure the presence of children and teachers in schools. This ensures that teachers are accountable and communities are sensitized and equipped to deal with school affairs. The project has collaborated with the local Education Department to implement project activities. Initial baseline assessments were conducted to identify and shortlist the target schools.

The main approach of the project is participatory, a key feature being community dialogue and engagement. Once the members of the Community Based Organizatons (CBOs) are taken on board and a partnership is signed, the School Management Committees (SMCs) are engaged to provide a list of potential students and take charge of monitoring regular school activities. The girls are enrolled in the selected schools after an open dialogue with their parents, and placed in classes based on an assessment of their current level of knowledge. The schools are managed by the SMCs, which also identify teachers and facilitate regular teacher training. Teachers at the Second Shift Schools are given a monthly honorarium and quarterly incentives for better performance. The students are assessed for improvement in their learning outcomes through a comparison of a baseline and post-intervention assessment.