The right to education has been recognized as a human right in a number of international conventions, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which recognizes a right to free, compulsory primary education for all, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all, on particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education, as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education, ideally by the progressive introduction of free higher education.
The right to education also includes a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals who have not completed primary education from the school and college levels. In addition to these access to education provisions, the right to education encompasses the obligations of the students to avoid discrimination at all levels of the educational system, to set minimum standards of education and to improve the quality of education.
LRF believes that Education in all its forms (informal, non-formal, and formal) is crucial to ensure human dignity of all individuals. The aims of education are therefore all directed to the realization of the individual’s rights and dignity. These include, among others, ensuring human dignity and the full and holistic development of the human personality; fostering physical and cognitive development; allowing for the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and talents; contributing to the realization of the full potential of the individual; enhancing self-esteem and increasing confidence; encouraging respect for human rights; shaping a person’s sense of identity and affiliation with others; enabling socialization and meaningful interaction with others; enabling a person to shape the world around them enables their participation in community life; contributing to a full and satisfying life within society; and empowering and allowing for the increased enjoyment of other human rights.
LRF also promote and protect the rights of education for all as enshrined in Art:25 A of the Constitution of Pakistan as fundamental right of every citizen of Pakistan without any discrimination. LRF promotes quality education in all over Pakistan, with special focus on rural areas in collaboration with its local partners working in education.
LRF has provided technical support to SHED Foundation’s Care School System and AIMS School System in Sindh for the capacity building of teachers and capacity development of school management committees to ensure quality education for all children, especially girls. LRF has lobbied with legislature and advocated for the development of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy in Sindh. LRF organized 03 policy dialogues on ECCE in Sindh in collaboration with Education Department, Government of Sindh and Early Childhood Development Network of Pakistan.
LRF has recently completed an education programme in Shikarpur-Sindh on Accelerated Learning for Girls (age 9-18) with an objective to improve wellbeing of girls through safe alternative learning and development opportunities. In order to address the serious challenge for girls not attending formal school, the Accelerated Learning approach is being used as an alternative approach to provide crucial access to education.
LRF and Sindh Education and Literacy Department (SE&LD) have been coordinating on this intervention to establish Accelerated Learning Centers (ALCs) across Shikarpur District.
LRF is currently sustaining 50 elementary level ALCs in Shikarpur for 1,801 adolescent girls in collaboration with Sindh Education Foundation, Government of Sindh. LRF is mobilizing donors and other funding opportunities to promote non-formal education for out-of-school-children and establish additional ALCs in various districts in Sindh.
To respond to the learning needs of learners during COVID pandemic, Save the Children has designed a digital learning Application “Learning Tree” for Education in Emergencies (EiE).
LRF has piloted the Learning Tree App in its Accelerated Learning Centers in Shikarpur, Sindh. The project was implemented in collaboration with School Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh.
LRF has piloted the “Learning Tree” project in Shikarpur District of Sindh for the continuation of learning during humanitarian crises (COVID-19 Pandemic) for the children of Primary and Elementary level (5 To 16 years) and their teachers. In this regard, LRF and Save the Children have developed the content, translated it in local languages, conducted baseline survey and trained 25 learning facilitators to pilot and seek the feedback for scale-up.
LRF implemented a WASH project on “Hygiene and Behavior Change” in partnership with Save the Children in which LRF distributed 52,646 Hygiene Kits among children in selected schools of 05 districts (Karachi, Dadu, Larkana, Shikarpur and Jacobabad) and constructed and rehabilitated WASH facilities (hand washing stations / latrines) in selected 102 schools in above mentioned 05 districts of Sindh to ensure safe back-to-school and the retention of the girls in schools.
LRF also plans to extend non-formal education courses to juveniles in Remand Homes and Youth Offenders Industrial Schools in Sindh in order to enhance literacy and skill education among juveniles and help them in their rehabilitation/reintegration in the society.