Humqadam is contributing to Abolish
Multi-Grade Teaching in Government
Schools across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
by Providing Additional Classrooms

24 Dec 2018

Written by: Amina Nasim Khan - Humqadam/Islamabad
Source & Photos credits: Naheed Naz/Mardan

Humqadam School Construction and Rehabilitation Programme (SCRP) is responsibly contributing to substantially transform the learning environments of government schools across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province by providing missing facilities such as new classrooms and toilets alongside rehabilitating the existing infrastructure.

The schools which are located in remote areas in Pakistan often face enormous issues that include multi-grade teaching, overcrowding, increased dropout ratio. Government Girls’ Primary School (GGPS) Saeed Abad No. 2 Rustam, which is located two KM away from the main city of District Mardan in KP province, with its bleak infrastructure is also facing similar issues. The two classroom school’s structure caters the needs of 120 students with very limited resources. School administration was forced to conduct six classes simultaneously in two classrooms. Teachers of GGPS Saeed Abad No.2 faced the challenge of delivering a curriculum which has been designed for mono-grade teaching to a multi-grade class. In this situation the teachers were unable to focus on a single grade level, thus the students were neglected and all the efforts of school setup went in vein.

After assessing the needs of the school, Humqadam-SCRP in November 2015 agreed to provide GGPS Saeed Abad two new classrooms. The school was handed over to the school administration on 13 July 2017. Complete with new electric works, sanitation, and adequately lighted and ventilated classrooms, GGPS Saeed Abad No 2 has completely transformed into a new learning place. Where teachers are comfortably delivering lectures and students are at ease.

“The additional classrooms have lessened the burden on the teachers. I can now comfortably deliver the lectures and I feel the students also enjoy their studies.” – Ms. Neelam, Head teacher

“Our school has entirely changed, our classrooms are well lit and spacious it has affected our teachers contend and our teachers look fresh and” – joyfully exclaimed Sara, student of grade four

Humqadam-SCRP is redefining the educational experience for many students and teachers of government schools across KP province by providing additional classrooms and rehabilitating the existing ones. In District Mardan, Humqadam-SCRP has constructed 295 new classrooms and rehabilitated 425 classrooms which includes both regular and higher secondary schools (as of November 2018).