Cooperation for Advancement Rehabilitation and Education (CARE)
In 2002, DIL began a partnership with the Cooperation for Advancement Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) to adopt five government schools in the Sheikhupura and Gujranwala Districts. This number eventually increased to six schools. DIL-CARE schools are situated in densely populated, poverty-stricken areas, inhabited mostly by poor tillers. Children often have to work to contribute to their family income leading to high dropout rates and even lower enrollment rates. Through the years DIL and CARE have made significant improvements to teaching quality, student enrollment and student dropout rates.
In 2001, DIL partnered with Khwendo Kor (KK) to open a girl’s school in the district of Dir in a neglected region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). KPK is the most conservative and under-developed province of Pakistan. The difficult mountainous terrain, lack of proper roads and conservative tribal traditions pose great challenges to female education. Living conditions of the local women are dire due to illiteracy and poor health. In Lower Dir, the female literacy rate is between 10% and 20% and in Upper Dir between 8% and 10%. In partnership with KK, DIL established the first-ever secondary schools for girls in Upper Dir in 2007.
Indus Resource Center (IRC)
DIL began a second partnership in the Khairpur area with the Indus Resource Center (IRC) in 2001 to provide quality primary and middle school education to girls. In 2005, DIL and IRC set up the Beyond Middle School program. This program provides scholarships and educational assistance to middle school graduates who want to attend high school.
Naz High School Old Boys Welfare Trust (NOWA)
Naz High School Old Boys Welfare Trust (NOWA) was established and registered in 1981 as a non-governmental organization to improve the education sector in Khairpur. NOWA was founded by a group of dedicated professionals – alumni of Naz Old Boys High School in Khairpur. DIL began working with NOWA in 2001, making this one of DIL’s longest-running projects. The DIL-NOWA schools have provided rich experience for other project partners to learn from. Apart from the NOWA Pirbhat DIL Project, NOWA is involved in running a private English-medium school and has recently finished a formal education fellowship program for the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF).