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Community Engagement gains momentum in Rahim Yar Khan

Active community involvement is vital for the effectiveness of any development or reform initiative. It is only through developing a sense of ownership and contribution within the community that sustainable change can be achieved. This is the idea behind Humqadam-SCRP’s efforts to put the community at the centre of the school construction and rehabilitation efforts.

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A School Fit for Learning in a rural setting

Over 800 boys of the Government Higher Secondary School, Ziarat Talash in Lower Dir now have a good reason to look forward to a fulfilling day. Until recently, their classes were held in a dilapidated building with depressing rooms. The building long neglected has now been transformed into one with a row of neat rooms with galvanised windows, fans, a smooth floor and an insulated roof giving the place a spick and span look.

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An Upsurge of Interest in School Construction and Rehabilitation Programme

The Humqadam- School Construction and Rehabilitation Programme is starting to gain recognition as a leading infrastructure development programme. This was reflected in the Orientation for Contractors in Peshawar on Wednesday where representatives from more than 87 construction companies attended a session organised by the team.

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British High Commissioner channels his inner teacher in Mardan

It is seldom that an ambassador takes time out to visit students of a government school. The students of Government Higher Secondary School, Mayyar and Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Shah Dhand in District Mardan greeted a rare visitor on Thursday when the British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew spent almost a full day with them.

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Leading Construction Companies Connect with Humqadam in Lahore

More than 50 leading construction companies attended an Orientation for Contractors organized by Humqadam-SCRP in Lahore. The purpose of the orientation was to introduce prospective contractors and partners to the Humqadam-SCRP Programme, its principles and procedures. The orientation session is an important step for Humqadam-SCRP as the Programme prepares to enter its second phase.

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Addressing school neglect: Glimpses from Kasur

Years of neglect of the school buildings turned a sizeable number into “dangerous structures” declared unsafe for class work. This set in motion a process of holding classes in the open exposing children to harsh vagaries of weather. Kasur district is one of the 16 districts where Humqadam is reconstructing new class rooms as part of its programme for improving educational environment.

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Community Member’s Generosity in RYK

The students of the Government Boys Primary School, Basti Haji Essa in District Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab Province received the exciting news of a timely donation of a plot of land for the expansion of their school premises. Local landowner and community member Riaz Ahmed donated 7 marla (approximately 242 square yards) of land adjoining to the school. This donation will assist the school to take full advantage of Humqadam-SCRP’s support.

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IMC Worldwide Leadership steps up support

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.

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New DFID Country Head on ground at the Kinnaird Girls School in Lahore.

In a practical demonstration of the importance of a 'hands on leadership role' in the successful delivery of Pakistan's trailblazing Humqadam School Construction and Rehabilitation Programme (SCRP), DFID-Pakistan‘s new Country Head Ms. Joanna Reid, paid a quick visit to Lahore to see for herself the work in progress at the Kinnaird Girls School.

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Replacing dangerous buildings with safe places of learning

Feeling elated as their call to help is finally being answered, the students, parents and teachers of the Government Kinnard Girls High School cannot hide their happiness as they talk about the new blocks of class rooms rapidly coming up on the premises. The latest person to lend an ear is none other than the IMC Worldwide Board Director and Adviser, Mathew Honey.

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