Written by: Amina Nasim Khan and Farhana Riaz-Humqadam/Islamabad
Source & Photos credits: Syed Ashas Ali and Farhana Riaz-Humqadam/Islamabad
Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) Rashakai is situated in a small town near the Nowshera-Mardan road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. In recent economic development, Rashakai is considered as an economic hub for KP as the local people are involved in cloth trading, agriculture and transportation business. The school was very overcrowded as seven classrooms were not enough to accommodate all 1,154 students. The teachers were not able to deliver their lectures clearly and the students became demotivated. This has negatively affected the overall academic performance of the students.
Humqadam-SCRP adopted GGHSS Rashakai in January 2016 and provided one additional block which comprised of 17 new classrooms, seven toilets, a principal’s room, a staff room, a library, two science laboratories and a clerk’s office. The design of the school was elaborated in a collaboration of international and local experts. The new block in GGHSS Rashakai has a ramp access, this slight modification is a low cost physical access solution to provide accessibility for mobility impaired persons. Besides the new construction, seven existing classrooms, three science labs, an IT lab, and a chowkidar hut were also rehabilitated to a higher standard. The change in the infrastructure has a positive impact on the daily lives of the students and teachers. Humqadam-SCRP has contributed in much reducing the overcrowding issue in the classrooms; now the student classroom ratio has been reduced to 56:1, from 164:1.
Humqadam-SCRP has completed construction in 13 government schools in District Nowshera, KP, all are Higher Secondary Schools, where 71 new classrooms and 68 new toilets were constructed and 156 classrooms and 91 toilets were rehabilitated to a higher standard, as of 1 February 2019.