Karachi (PR): Promoting Private Schooling in Rural Sindh(PPRS) program is a key intervention undertaken by the Sindh Education Foundation in collaboration with the World Banking 2008-09 and is envisioned to span a decade.The program aims to enhance the quality of education and promote long-term public private partnerships through providing per child fee subsidy to 1,000 private schools catering to 250,000 direct beneficiaries across Sindh.
In line with SEF’s objective of providing quality education to the marginalized of Sindh, SEF conducted extensive renovation of PPRS schools to ensure an enriched and conducive learning environment for the children. In the month of July 2013,the Foundationbegan renovation in 393 schools located in the different PPRS districts including Badin, Benazirabad, Dadu, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Khairpur, Larkana, Tharparkar, Sanghar, Thatta and Umerkot.
Prior to the activity, all SEF Regional Directors shared updates with the Foundation on the areas of improvement in their respective regions. Schools were categorized by their requirements, ranging from ‘in need of minor improvements’ to ‘extensive repair necessary’ in each district. The renovation process included the beautification of the school building, increasing the availability of classrooms, provision of furniture and ceiling fans, improving building ventilation and ensuring the functionality of washrooms. All these repairs form an integral part of rejuvenating the learning environment and enhancing the quality of education imparted.
To ensure that renovations are taking place and the task is completed in the given time frame, the Assistant Director PPRS undertook continuous visits to the districts and conducted numerous meetings with the entrepreneurs to be apprised of the progress. Entrepreneurs who did not comply with the renovation agreement had action taken against them until such time the task had been completed.Currently 80 percent of the schools have been renovated and those remaining are expected to be completed by December.