Combining labor, market skills, and literacy: World Bank to launch education program in Punjab and Sindh

This project will provide two main services to the beneficiaries.

With assistance from the World Bank, a new model of non-formal education, which combines labor, market skills, and literacy, for illiterate children and youth will be launched in districts of Punjab and Sindh.

The World Bank is keen on providing $2.73 million for the pilot product, which will be implemented in partnership with Sanjh Preet Organization (SPO), a non-profit organization based in Lahore.

WB has implemented a total of 34 different projects nationwide in a partnership with public, non-public, academic and international agencies and organizations.  Some of these include JICA, Unicef and USAID.

Assessment for environmental and social management has been conducted at the concept stage through meetings with SPO personnel, and a review of relevant policy documents has also been shared by the organization.

The program will be distributed through CLCs:

The initial assessment shows that the SPO has worked with international donors and has experience in working on social issues, such as sexual harassment, gender equality, accountability, and transparency, etc.

This project will provide two main services to the beneficiaries. These are fast learning programs for out-of-school children of primary and secondary age, and integrated literacy and skills program for illiterate youth and young children.

The program will be distributed through community learning centers (CLCs) with the direct involvement of the communities. The CLCs will offer a menu of programs to beneficiaries of different age groups, along with support functions. These include counseling and moral support and daycare facilities for the receivers with young children.

To ensure the CLC management and quality of teaching activities, training will be provided to teachers, principals, and community groups. The federal and provincial governments will be involved in the curriculum development and supervision activities, through which the ability of governments to implement non-formal education (NFE) programs will be built.

The project will launch CLCs in available buildings, which are in good condition and have the basic facilities.
Some CLCs may also offer daycare facilities and such facilities would be used for additional health and safety aspects for the safety of the children and students. Such facilities are also sometimes susceptible to the risk of kidnapping, accidents, and abuse, and will need more security requirements.

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