Current Major Projects/Activities:
• FIELD is implementing Community Learning Program (CLP) in partnership with Plan International Pakistan in 11 Plan supported communities Islamabad. FIELD is responsible to carry out four major programs under this partnership;
1. Strengthening Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in all the squatter slums areas of the communities by inculcating sustainability element into the program
2. Strengthening ECE in government schools through technical and financial support to 50 Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) schools in implementing ECE syllabus derived from National ECE Curriculum 2007. Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) are encouraged to participate school improvement efforts through developing and implementing school improvement plans.
3. Initiation of a certificate program at primary level for 9-14 years children who are out of school due to any reasons by introducing accelerated and condensed Fast Track Primary Education (FTPE) syllabus and help the underprivileged children of the specific age group to pass 5th class in two and half years time period.
4. Emphasizing on parenting skills through capacity building, advocacy and campaigns on importance of education for children and enrollment of 4+ children to schools. Education committees in each community are actively involved in education program.
• FIELD has established Foresight School System (FSS) in order to provide access to quality education to out of schools, impaired and under-privileged Afghan refugee children and the host population who have dropped out and left out due to any reasons through FSS schools and Early Childhood Care and Development-ECCD initiatives in Rawalpindi Punjab. Later on the same initiative was introduced in Gilgit-Baltistan for the same purpose and target group. Afghan refugee and local unprivileged children in Rawalpindi are facilitated in their tuition fee, books, stationery and uniform in partnership with Hashoo Foundation and Aga Khan Social Welfare Board. Working children have specially been enrolled in the schools and they are given extra time and guidance in the achievement of learning outcomes. Moreover, FIELD has ensured an environment in the FSS schools, which is child friendly, where children take their active role in teaching and learning interplay and have courage to ask questions to clarify unclear themes. FIELD has introduced inclusive education in the schools and enrolled impaired children in different classes and educates them with other students by looking into individual needs of the students. FIELD has established School Management Committees (SMCs) in FSS schools as well. There is an equal representation of Pakistani and Afghan people in SMCs. The volunteer members of FIELD visit door to door of the Afghan and other under-privileged community members and convince parents to enroll their children to schools.
FIELD has established a mechanism for in-house capacity building program for teachers. Weekly need based professional development sessions are conducted on content and methodology of different subjects. Academic staff and teachers deliver sessions in their turn on specific topics. Moreover, reflective sessions are also conducted on daily basis to analyze the progress made and challenges faced that helps the staff to plan further and address challenges and move towards improvement. In addition, FIELD academic staff members are further providing on the job support to teachers in classrooms by observing their lessons and giving them feedback and targets for further improvement and delivering model lessons whenever need felt.
• FIELD in partnership with Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) is working on Youth Basic Lifeskill & Leadership Development Program (YBLDP) in Ghizer Gilgit-Baltistan. Local Support Organizations (LSOs) coordinate with FIELD in finding out youth for building their capacities in lifeskill and leadership through a series of training and other program activities.
Past Major Projects/Activities:
• FIELD successfully implemented a project “Practicum of Coordinating Schools” in partnership with USAID Teacher Education Project in Gilgit-Baltistan. USAID Teacher Education Project designed and implemented four year B.Ed (Hons) Elementary and two year Associate Degree in Education programs for classroom activity to inform discussions around key pedagogic or subject-focused themes. The project identified cooperating schools for student teachers to visit and practice their learning in the schools. FIELD implemented the project’s initiatives to provide professional development opportunities to the identified 27 practicum schools for 174 teachers in Gilgit-Baltistan.
• FIELD implemented a project on rehabilitation of flood affected government and Social Action Schools funded by USAID’s Ambassador Fund Program in District Ghizer Gilgit-Baltistan. FIELD helped 2100 students, 340 teachers, 99 School Management committees- SMCs and 25 district education officials in the district by renovating the affected schools and providing them basic missing facilities such as furniture, teaching kits, library books, heating stoves and white boards. Moreover, capacity building programs were also carried out for SMCs, teachers, head teachers and district education managers on disaster risk management, psychosocial support, role of school committees in school improvement efforts and developing and implementing School Improvement Plans-SIPs. Monthly coordination meetings with the stakeholders held and progress of activities were analyzed and remedial actions proposed to meet set targets within the given time period. Furthermore, FIELD ensured branding and marking of all items as per guidelines given by USAID Ambassador Fund Program.
• FIELD in partnership with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) built capacity of youth members of Village Organizations (VOs) and Women Organization (WOs) in District Ghizer Gilgit-Baltistan for their active participation in VOs and WOs and to develop their skills for youth and community mobilization. As a result, 80 youth members from VOs and WOs trained on the mentioned thematic area.
• FIELD is staffed by a team of dedicated professionals with experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research studies related to processes and impacts of educational interventions and programs. Furthermore, FIELD staff members have conducted a number of baseline surveys/situation analyses of different projects. For example, FIELD completed an assignment on “Mapping Youth Organizations” in Ghizer District and Gilgit funded by AKRSP. 68 potential youth organizations working for welfare of youth have been identified and planning for building capacity of the organizations in specific areas is in process.
• FIELD staff rescued and provided psychosocial support to flood affected population of 2010 in Gilgit-Baltistan. During the 2010 devastating floods, the volunteer and professional staff of FIELD in collaboration with the VOs, WOs and Ghizer Volunteer Movement rescued 900 affected population and took them to safe places. They were provided emergency food and non-food items with the support of individual donor and board of directors.