The Project Aims to Reach 1000 Girls in SWAT District Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has launched the ‘Institutional Support for Participatory, Inclusive and Responsive Education’ project in collaboration with CARE International, a leading humanitarian and development organization. The project aims to improve access to higher quality education for females in secondary school in the rural SWAT district of Pakistan by introducing the concept of a double-shift school system, where teaching operates in two shifts, with one group of students in the building early in the day and a second group of students later in the day. The system will make use of up to 35 existing government primary schools. ROTA has launched this project in an attempt to fulfill its ongoing mission of building cohesive societies, through initiatives that give importance to the development of society and education for countries in need. This project is also in line with QF’s mission of promoting productive change regionally and internationally. The project formal launching was on 12 September 2015 and will continue for a period of three years. Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director of ROTA said: “Our cooperation with CARE International is part of ROTA’s agenda to achieve equal educational opportunities with high efficiency and quality in areas with lesser degree of access to education, as well as providing a suitable environment to achieve this goal.” He added: “ROTA always cooperates with international and local organizations and bodies in order to enable and unlock the potential of young people to build a strong and sustainable community, and help in the restructuring of the youth role in order to serve their communities.” For the double-shift schools, 100 local teachers will be hired under flexible terms agreed with the education department. Teachers will be provided teacher training on an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) and the project aims to reach up to 1,000 female students. This initiative also aims to improve access to technical education through a package of advanced training programs. It will provide vocational skills and entrepreneurship development to 300 young men and women through training and support, and help up to 100 women working from home develop their own projects. The aim is to develop skilled laborers who do not have a support system by enrolling them in small projects that will give them an opportunity to work independently. The program will support the existing 35 schools by providing them with all the supplies, equipment and facilities needed for a suitable and comfortable learning environment. The program is also developing an action plan to overcome any obstacles to providing a quality education for girls through behavioral and community campaigns at the local and regional level.
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