Humqadam-SCRP is Making Government
Schools in Punjab province Great Again!

2nd Jan 2019

Written by: Syed Ashas Ali-Humqadam/Islamabad
Source & Photos credits: Syed Ashas Ali-Humqadam/Islamabad

Not so long ago luminaries emerged from the government schools in Pakistan, but neglected infrastructure facilities are turning these state schools into ruins. Government Girls Primary School (GGPS) Galotian Kalan is located in the city of Daska, District Sialkot, Punjab province, is one of the neglected schools where unmaintained building leads to non-conducive learning environment.

Humqadam-SCRP with eight new classrooms is contributing in lifting the learning barrier from government schools of Punjab province. The new infrastructure of the school is more conducive for learning as the new classrooms are offering comfortable and effective teaching and learning environment.

“We are properly following the time table for the first time ever as there are ample classrooms and all the children are seated under shelter. Parents are also acknowledging that their children study in complete comfort. – Aziza Fatima, Senior teacher.

“Before the new classrooms were constructed, we used to take classes out in the open ground. Due to which my uniform used to get dirty, and I had to wash it every day. In extreme cold and extreme hot weather, we had no other option but to sit outside. Ever since these rooms are built, I am really glad that we sit on the benches in classrooms. But when these rooms were constructed we felt relaxed because we use to sit on the benches. The rooms are warm in winters and pleasant in summers, temperature is controlled with no outside noise.” –Sahiba a student of grade 5.

Humqadam-SCRP is contributing to foster conducive learning environments of government schools in Punjab province. As of December 2018, Humqadam-SCRP had constructed 1,586 classrooms and 909 toilets in 103 schools in district Sialkot. The programme is continuing its intervention in Sialkot with ongoing construction in another 57 schools to positively impact the district’s educational outcomes.