Over summer 2015, 1314 9th graders from 325 schools across Pakistan participated in an online learning challenge, Learn Smart Pakistan, arranged by Knowledge Platform.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
CHIME FOR CHANGE and EDM music giant Amy Thomson have raised almost $62,000 to fund DIL’s Alamabad School project. Through concert fees and peer-to-peer fundraising, this contribution, along with a kick-off grant from DIL donors in Canada, helped to turn the $120,000 campus into a reality!
The DIL Alamabad School project was initiated to address the need for a custom-built campus to meet the growing need for quality education for students from grades K through 8 in that area. Alamabad Village is one of many remote areas where access to education has been lacking and ...
In rural Pakistan, most teachers cannot attend continuing education training due to their class schedules, household responsibilities, and cultural and financial constraints. In response, the nonprofit Developments in Literacy (DIL) recently introduced mobile learning, or mLearning, as a way to give teachers easier access to the training and professional development courses they need to better meet the needs of their students.
For Fiza Shah, the CEO of DIL and a Pakistani American, it is her way of giving back.
“Our aim is to provide quality education to the ...
Assalam o Alaikum everyone, I am Mehnoor Mushtaq from DIl Paradise School Junior 9. I am really glad to share a wonderful journey of my life with DIL from my infancy until now. I feel accomplished for being a part of that. For me, it is a “Land of Enhancement”, where I identified all my skills and it got polished. It gave me so much confidence that I am able to speak in front of so many people. It made my life meaningful.
As a schoolgirl when I joined DIL in class KG, I was very shy. But, after school I practiced how to collaborate easily with everyone. Leading and ...
DIL’s instructional video production project was initiated in response to feedback from the Mobile Learning mid-project evaluation. Teachers showed the mobile videos to their students as an instructional tool and the students responded positively.
Hajra Saeed, a long-time DIL supporter, volunteered to do the instruction on the video using simple English (with a Pakistani-accent) at a slow pace. Ten videos were produced covering topics already introduced in the Class 6 curriculum guide and covered in the textbook. This was to ensure the topics taught in the videos ...