Keep Pakistan Learning
Year 1 Teaching
What is the purpose of the ‘Keep Pakistan Learning’ Fund?
Schools in Pakistan closed down on March 13, putting students like ours who live in poverty and attend under-resourced public schools at risk of suffering learning losses, mental health challenges and even dropping out. Their schools and communities lack the tech infrastructure and human adaptability required to transition to traditional remote learning and connectivity. Teach For Pakistan Fellows established innovative learning routines for students using WhatsApp, SMS, calls, and printed learning packs.
As an organization, we have also provided hands-on support to the Federal Directorate of Education and Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training for developing content and feedback mechanisms for TeleSchool, the national education television channel. We also worked closely with MoFEPT in conducting comprehensive research for strategies around school reopening, presenting our recommendations which became the foundations for a national level policies and procedures.
Moving forward, help us continue and grow our program to support the system in offsetting the learning losses, caring for emotional & mental well-being of students, and safe re-opening of schools. Help us place Fellows in 35+ public schools for the difficult year ahead, directly impacting 3500+ students under the care of our Fellows and indirectly impacting 17000+ students through improved culture and practices in these schools.
How did Fellows teach when schools were closed?
School closures across Pakistan on account of COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges. However, we were absolutely clear on making sure learning does not stop for our students. Leveraging community resources to reach each child, we conducted a rapid, two-week assessment of student’s access to technology for remote learning.
Fellows identified Specific Learning Outcomes in Math, English, Science and Social Studies and with help from parents, they established learning routines for children, delivering learning content to students via WhatsApp, SMS, Phone Calls and printed learning packs. Learn more about our Fellows’ response on our blog.
How will the funds be utilized?
Even though our Fellows continued learning with their students, public schools and educators did not sufficiently mobilize to mitigate the learning losses for all children in low-income communities. Students will be returning to school with exacerbated learning gaps and emotional and mental health challenges that schools don’t have sufficient capacity to address.
Schools in a post-Covid world must plan, prepare and implement new safety regiments and educational programs to mitigate community-wide health risks. This will require continuing and scaling our program in public schools, training Fellows to diagnose and respond to their students' mental and emotional health challenges, and providing unique coaching support; all of which would be supported by your contribution to the Fund.
What is the Teach For Pakistan Fellowship?
Teach For Pakistan’s Fellowship is a two-year, full-time opportunity for university graduates and young professionals from diverse fields to teach in low-income schools and develop their own leadership capabilities.
Are you funded by Teach For All?
Teach For Pakistan is an independent, locally governed entity. We are incorporated with the SECP as a Section 42, non-profit company. As a partner in the Teach For All global network of 53+ similar, independent national organizations, we receive partial financial support. Primarily, Teach For All provides all its partners with technical support, and a platform to share knowledge, learning and experience.
Who are your partners?
Teach For Pakistan partners with the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to place Fellows in various public schools in the rural subdivisions of Islamabad: Bhara Kahu, Nilore, Tarnol and Sihala. We have also signed MoUs with multiple universities across Pakistan for recruiting best talent from campuses.
What is your registration status?
Teach For Pakistan is legally incorporated as a non-profit company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, under section 42 of the Companies Act, 2017.
Why are you limited to Islamabad?
Our Fellows are placed in various public and non-profit schools in rural subdivisions of Islamabad; Bhara Kahu, Nilore, Tarnol and Sihala. These areas have large migrant populations, with most children’s first languages being Potohari, Hindko, Pashto or Punjabi. While urban public schools are mostly attended by children of mid-senior level government officials, white collar professionals and small-medium sized business owners, rural public-school parents are clerks, guards, drivers, mechanics, labourers, maids and agricultural workers. Rural schools have serious teacher shortages, poor infrastructure, and class-sizes of 50+ are common. Tarnol and Bara Kahu, specifically, also have large out-of-school children populations.
Teach For Pakistan is a nationwide movement to challenge educational inequity and we plan to extend the program to other regions of Pakistan in due time.
A 5-month recruitment drive to encourage top candidates to apply to the Fellowship
Selected Fellows are matched to a partner school