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What Is DEWA Foundation?

DEWA Foundation is a non-profit, charitable, Educational Foundation, Dedicated to bring lasting improvements in the lives of the poorest communities of Balochistan, Pakistan.

Who are the people behind DEWA Foundation?

DEWA Foundation is a group of energetic youth of Balochistan, with a belief that they are responsible enough to ensure a better future of Balochistan, Pakistan. DEWA Foundation aims to make Balochistan a progressive and a tolerant province. A committed team of professionals with good knowledge and understanding about social and sustainable development provide governance and direction to DEWA.

On what basis is the curriculum designed?

DEWA Foundation School follows a relevant and comprehensive curriculum of Oxford, Rehbar, Afaaq and Gabba, which is consistent with the targets set by the National Curriculum. However, this syllabus is suitably modified and regularly updated to meet the demands of modern-day education. Furthermore, activities such as debates, essay writing, art, naat and qirat competitions along with sports help to develop DEWA Foundation’s students holistically.

Are there any tests for admission, at entry level and from grade one onwards?

In order to promote education in masses, it is imperative that admission is given to all children. Consequently, there are no tests at the entry level. Beyond entry level, tests are conducted to determine the grade in which a child can be given admission.

Education in Pakistan

What is the literacy rate of Pakistan?

Today Pakistan is crippled by an education emergency which threatens tens of millions of children. At least seven million children are not in primary schools. Three million will never see inside of a classroom at all.

To what extent does corruption and lack of funds affect the development of education in Pakistan?

Lack of funds is a major issue inhibiting the educational development of Pakistan since owing to the low funds allotted it becomes impossible to construct new schools in areas where education is otherwise inaccessible. Secondly, the lack of funds disables existing schools from improving the quality of education through teachers’ training, hiring better and more qualified faculty etc. On the other hand, the negative impact of corruption on education can’t be denied either. From inhibiting funds being allotted towards education to the operation of ghost schools and everything in between be it hiring unqualified faculty, zero maintenance of school building etc, corruption is taking a heavy toll on education in Pakistan.

What are the political factors that hinder the development of education in Pakistan?

Issues like corruption, land grabbing, politically pressuring a certain community to discourage from acquiring education are commonly heard-of occurrences hampering development of education in Pakistan.

How far is the government responsible for the dismal state of education in Pakistan?

Each government perceives the educational situation of Pakistan differently and brings about changes accordingly. While the fact that the rate of literacy has improved over the years can’t be denied but on the other hand, the fact remains that its pace has been slow. The government is trying to improve the situation but should prioritize while countering factors hindering educational development because without this the change will continue to be slow and will not yield desired results.

What are the key social, political and economic factors that are inhibiting the growth of literacy and education in Pakistan?

Lack of awareness about the advantage of education, poverty, inaccessibility and affordability of schools, political pressures on rural community, social norms discouraging female education are just some factors that inhibit educational development especially in the rural areas.

Over the years various governments have taken steps to improve the state of education in Pakistan. In your opinion which particular government was most successful in doing so?

Each government perceives the educational situation of Pakistan differently and brings about changes accordingly. Over the years all the regimes have contributed something or the other towards educational uplift therefore it is difficult to gauge the success of one over the other.

How long do you think it will take for Pakistan to reach a literacy level that is at par with the developed nations of the world?

Achieving such a high level of literacy is no doubt a time taking process and will require dedication of the government and decision makers. If however, the government and NGOs work hand in hand and a more up-to-date and standardized model of education is adopted then the process could be speeded up.

What strategy should Pakistan adopt for improving its rate of literacy?

The ideal strategy would be that the government and NGOs work hand-in-hand to cater to the vast educational deficit and adopt a more up-to-date and standardized model of education along with focusing on providing education to rural communities to speed up the process.

Why is it that the NGOs working in various sectors are providing far better facilities than the government?

This is primarily because NGOs specialize in a certain field of work therefore are able to allocate their resources better and strategize more effectively unlike the government that has to maintain a check and balance over many areas.

Education in Balochistan

The state of education in Balochistan has always been in jeopardy, with low literacy rates and a lack of access to schools — a constitutional right in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world. According to the Provincial Education Commission, there are just 12,500 primary, secondary and high schools in a province that encompasses over 22,000 human settlements. Up to half the population has no access to schools. Compounding the problem is the fact that of those 12,500 schools, 7,000 are those which consist of little more than a single room with a single teacher. Currently, 66 per cent of the province’s school-age population — some 1.8 million children — is out of school. And the situation may be even far worse than these statistics indicate, given the existence of hundreds of ghost teachers and ghost schools.

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