The SEF Assisted Schools (SAS) Program is the integration of the old Integrated Education Learning Program (IELP) and Rural Based Community School (RBCS) program of the Foundation. It is one of the largest programmatic interventions of SEF based on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework, established for the purpose of promoting the twin goals of equitable access to, and improving the quality of education for all children across Sindh.
The quality inputs largely focus on capacity building in school management and administration, improving the learning environment in schools through professional development of teachers, and provision of learning resources for meaningful teaching-learning activities for children.
SAS endeavours to shift the paradigm of SEF partners from a profit-orientated approach to an education-oriented one. SEF’s vision of quality education transcends access to basic schooling and improving literacy rates with a resolve to develop and implement viable models of academic delivery through public private and community partnerships, which are contextually relevant to the local needs; and, they directly contribute to the sustainable development of the communities being served.
- To encourage private sector organizations in assisting the Government for the provision of accessible, quality education in the most underserved areas of Sindh
- To supplement government policies under Universal Primary Education by enhancing educational facilities for out of school children and youth, especially girls
- To extend free and flexible learning opportunities at the grass-roots level
- To ensure gender equality in education
- To ensure long term institutional development of schools in partnership with communities for sustainability of quality reform efforts
SEF is in the process of:
- upgrading primary schools to elementary level and elementary schools to secondary level
- providing support in establishment of audio/visual rooms, computer and science labs in selected schools
- providing support for adopting alternative energy solutions, solar energy, in selected schools
- introducing IT-based reforms in pedagogical methods
Support Extended to Schools
SEF extends monetary support to its partners (school operators) under per child subsidy model. The subsidy rate for primary schools is PKR 500/- per-child-per-month. For elementary schools, it is PKR 600/- per-child-per-month. And for secondary schools, it is PKR 700/- per-child-per-month. Apart from the aforementioned monetary support, SEF also provides free text books and copies to enrolled children and capacity building trainings to teachers and school operators.
The program extents to the whole province of Sindh.
- Renewal of Contracts necessitating operators to invest in improved learning environment and enhanced quality of education services
- Annual students’ assessment to gauge students’ learning outcomes
- Teacher-centric assessment for evaluating their pedagogical skills
- Regular monitoring of schools by employing best practices of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
- Expansion of program horizontally and vertically to make quality education more accessible
- Improvement of physical, academic and environmental conditions of schools
- Initiation of an extensive training program for teachers
- Introduction of quality audit mechanism
- Regularization of teachers’ and students’ assessment using more effective methods
- Facilitating and harmonizing the up-gradation of schools in line with defined quality standards
- Encouraging adoption of alternative energy sources, especially solar energy in more schools
- Introducing audio/visual classes and provision of LEDs and tablets for students in selected schools
- Provision of learning material and class room development initiatives
- Raising subsidy rates for primary, elementary, and secondary schools