In a hectic, yet inspiring day long visit to Lahore, marked by intensive interaction with Humqadam team members and their DFID stakeholders, Gavin English, the Managing Director of IMC Worldwide, emphasised the importance of innovation across the Programme's hard and soft ware delivery. He visited the construction sites of two of our schools in Lahore to address on the job urgencies, with a focus on boosting the Programme’s performance. Offering on the spot feedback, Gavin pledged to the Humqadam Team that IMC Worldwide was fully committed to provide whatever support was necessary to ensure that the Programme’s tangible and holistic goals are realised.
Gavin matched the succinct briefing by the engineers, community leaders, teachers and partners on the work in progress with IMC's vision based on over five decades of successful work in 80 countries. Beyond construction work, he was given a pre-test demonstration of the SCRP Project Information Tracking System (SPITS). This system will enable real time centralised school project tracking that ensures speed, transparency and quality of work are brought to the process of monitoring school construction projects spread over a wide geography.
Following the pilot run of SPITS, Gavin remarked that “Innovation is not just in the building, it has to be in the way we actually deliver the work... this includes the use of technology... so that it is reflected throughout, not just in the construction processes but also in the management of this very challenging Programme.”
Energised by the keen interest of the IMC Leadership in the successful delivery of the Programme without any delays, Community Leaders and Teachers voiced their full support for accelerating the pace of the work. Khawaja Asif, the Vice Principal of the Ghoray Shah Higher Secondary School for Boys, where 20 new class rooms and 22 toilets are in the final stage of completion said that "This is a Programme that has truly motivated us to put in our best efforts to give our children the best schools that are safe, secure and child friendly in letter and in spirit". Work at Ghoray Shah School is in full gear where over 3,100 students are cramped in an inadequate space needed additional classrooms. By April 2016, with the competition of additional classrooms, over 800 students will be able to enjoy joyfully learning in a stimulating environment.