Nabeela Ramzan’s Journey to a Brighter Future

Some people start their lives in rough situations. They have big dreams for a better life, but struggle to find a way to achieve them. Sometimes, we face failure during certain stages in our lives, but the determination to fulfill our dreams keeps us going and makes us capable of achieving something big. My name is Nabeela Ramzan. I come from a poor family and like other children, I had big dreams for my future and a great desire to pursue them. My life did not start in the most ideal way. My journey began with the death of my father, leaving my mother as the sole ...

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Is Education Enough?

How are educated women in rural Pakistan becoming change agents by contributing to their communities? DIL Founder and CEO Fiza Shah explores this inspiring topic in a recent TEDx talk.  “Every child must be given the same treatment…to be exposed to the infinite opportunities that this world has to offer…to be given the confidence to reach their full potential.” Click here to Donate Online! “If we want to change the world, if we want to make it a better world, a safer, healthier more prosperous world; we all need to play our part in ensuring that gender ...

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This Ramadan, we are humbled by students like fourth-grader Zirwa…

Click here to Donate Online! As we reflect on life’s blessings this Ramadan, we are humbled by students like fourth-grader Zirwa, who attends a DIL School in Sheikhupura, and has taken it upon herself to share the knowledge she has gained with other less fortunate students. “I want to educate as many children as I can in my very poor neighborhood. Mothers are illiterate and they spend most of their time struggling to make a living, so are unable to concentrate on their children. This motivated me to start coaching them after school to help them with their ...

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DIL Student Awarded President’s Gold Medal by Pakistan Boy Scouts Association

This past December, DIL-NOWA school student Zamin Raza Mangi was awarded the President's Gold Medal by the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association. The President of Pakistan presented the award at the Presidency in Islamabad. Held every four years, the competition tests participants on both mental and physical capabilities. Ten-year-old Zamin competed against participants from 24 Sindh districts, and was awarded the title of “Best Shaheen Scout of Sindh” for the year 2015. Gold medalists from across Pakistan then competed nationally to be part of the “World Tour” and ...

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DIL Recognized as the Best Performing School Network in Pakistan

Over summer 2015, 1314 9th graders from 325 schools across Pakistan participated in an online learning challenge, Learn Smart Pakistan, arranged by Knowledge Platform.

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Upcoming visit to Pakistan

DIL’s Curriculum Director, Annie Field, and Program Development Director, Brenda Erlinger, are headed to Pakistan for their bi-annual trip in April. Annie, DIL US’s longest serving employee, is most looking forward to connecting with the team face-to-face on projects and seeing the impact our work has made in the field. “It’s always productive to be in the field together sharing our observations and collaborating as a team on how best to tackle new challenges that arise.” During the trip, Annie will review curriculum revision plans with English teachers ...

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One student’s emotional story

Twelve-year-old Altamash is a growing boy, and his skinny arms seem too long for his dusty tunic. He sits under a shady tree at the DIL Data Nagar Campus in Karachi on a day when exams are on and students have left for the day. His family lives around the corner from the school, in a derelict neighborhood of Orangi, Asia’s largest slum and home to 1.5 million people. Altamash shares the small dwelling with his parents and eight siblings. Food is hard to come by, and they do not have access to electricity or water. Even so, Altamash carries an air of contentment, and ...

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Students’ active participation earns them new computers for schools

This March, DIL Junior 1 in Orangi Town was the proud recipient of new computers and a camera. The gift was presented by iEARN Pakistan in recognition of the efforts and dedication of DIL students and teachers who participate in iEARN online projects.  iEARN is a partner nonprofit that focuses on enabling young people to use the internet and other technologies to engage in collaborative projects. These projects enhance learning, address issues of global importance and have a social impact. DIL students in 2014 worked on issues surrounding health, hygiene, income ...

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RRP student wins poetry competition

Zukhruf Sultan, a 5th grader at DIL Chappar, won first place in a poster and poetry competition for area schools. DIL Chappar is a village school that enrolls 84 students and serves a poor community in rural Rawalpindi, where families live on bare subsistence and highly patriarchal families believe a girl’s place is at home. The principal is working hard to change perceptions and improve the school’s visibility in the community. In November 2014, DIL partnered with other nonprofits to raise community awareness and advocacy around sanitation and hygiene. Read ...

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Laptops Transform DIL Classrooms

DIL’s Laptops for Schools project recently provided 20 schools from Lower Dir, Khairpur, Mansehra and Sheikhupura with laptops for students—an affordable, easy-to-use and convenient alternative to computer labs. The laptops were pre-loaded with subject-specific multimedia, interactive learning programs, and in some cases internet-enabled. “Laptops for Schools” is a 15-month project aimed at improving the quality of primary education in the underserved schools of rural Pakistan through the use of high-quality multimedia learning materials. Most of Pakistan’s ...

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