Advocacy Campaign through Community Networking for Promotion of Girls’ Education
Summary: The Association of Global Humanists & Ethics is creating an enabling environment to influence the policy environment and mobilize wider support for education for girls in the district of Diamir by allocating more financial resources to meet girls’ education needs. --- This advocacy project intends to create an enabling environment to influence policy and mobilize wider support for the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) state government to improve the educational facilities in the targeted district of Diamir. This is done by allocating more financial resources to meet girls’ education needs such as: enhancing access and coverage of the female education services, ensuring quality of education, increasing the number of girls schools and femal...
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Description of Scale and Reach
District Diamer is the seventh District of Gilgit-Baltistan and termed to be the most remote district apart from other six districts. The literacy rate in Diamer is among the lowest in the region especially female literacy. AGHE, under the Ilm Ideas Project, started a pilot project on 15 January 2013. It was first time that any NGO with a donor funded project was intervening in district Diamir for the promotion of girls’ education. Te AGHE team started the project by conducting an intensive situational analysis on the state of girls' education in the target district and consultative meetings with the community leaders. As result of the consultative meetings, understanding local dynamics, and feedback from the field staff, the decision was made to establish six Home Based Schools in six targeted union councils on a pilot basis for one year. Prior to AGHE's intervention, there were no Home Schools in the district. The Home Based School was a one room, one teacher school with premises provided by the local community. These schools were established in the areas where there was no functional government schools for girls within the vicinity of 1 ½ Km. The major objective of establishing these schools was to provide learning opportunities to the girls who were out of school or those who never received any opportunity to attend school. Secondly, AGHE also piloted and demonstrated this Home Based School model for further replication in the whole district.