Laptops Transform DIL Classrooms

DIL’s Laptops for Schools project recently provided 20 schools from Lower Dir, Khairpur, Mansehra and Sheikhupura with laptops for students—an affordable, easy-to-use and convenient alternative to computer labs. The laptops were pre-loaded with subject-specific multimedia, interactive learning programs, and in some cases internet-enabled. “Laptops for Schools” is a 15-month project aimed at improving the quality of primary education in the underserved schools of rural Pakistan through the use of high-quality multimedia learning materials. Most of Pakistan’s ...

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CHIME FOR CHANGE, Amy Thomson & Canadian Donors Give $62,000 to Build School!

CHIME FOR CHANGE and EDM music giant Amy Thomson have raised almost $62,000 to fund DIL’s Alamabad School project. Through concert fees and peer-to-peer fundraising, this contribution, along with a kick-off grant from DIL donors in Canada, helped to turn the $120,000 campus into a reality! The DIL Alamabad School project was initiated to address the need for a custom-built campus to meet the growing need for quality education for students from grades K through 8 in that area. Alamabad Village is one of many remote areas where access to education has been lacking and ...

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USAID Highlights DIL Mobile Learning Project in Pakistan!

In rural Pakistan, most teachers cannot attend continuing education training due to their class schedules, household responsibilities, and cultural and financial constraints. In response, the nonprofit Developments in Literacy (DIL) recently introduced mobile learning, or mLearning, as a way to give teachers easier access to the training and professional development courses they need to better meet the needs of their students. For Fiza Shah, the CEO of DIL and a Pakistani American, it is her way of giving back. “Our aim is to provide quality education to the ...

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A Wonderful Journey of My Life with DIL

A Wonderful Journey of My Life with DIL
Assalam o Alaikum everyone, I am Mehnoor Mushtaq from DIl Paradise School Junior 9. I am really glad to share a wonderful journey of my life with DIL from my infancy until now. I feel accomplished for being a part of that. For me, it is a “Land of Enhancement”, where I identified all my skills and it got polished. It gave me so much confidence that I am able to speak in front of so many people. It made my life meaningful. As a schoolgirl when I joined DIL in class KG, I was very shy. But, after school I practiced how to collaborate easily with everyone. Leading and ...

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Instructional Videos a Success in Grade 6 Classrooms

Instructional Videos a Success in Grade 6 Classrooms
DIL’s instructional video production project was initiated in response to feedback from the Mobile Learning mid-project evaluation. Teachers showed the mobile videos to their students as an instructional tool and the students responded positively. Hajra Saeed, a long-time DIL supporter, volunteered to do the instruction on the video using simple English (with a Pakistani-accent) at a slow pace. Ten videos were produced covering topics already introduced in the Class 6 curriculum guide and covered in the textbook. This was to ensure the topics taught in the videos ...

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Success Story: Ehteram-ul-Haq

Success Story: Ehteram-ul-Haq
My name is Ehteram-ul-Haq. I’m a student of 1st year Science. One year before I was an ordinary student and I really did not know how to operate computer and by the grace of Allah I come to know about this VTC program at Mehran School Orangi. I took admission and this was the first time I used laptop. I found the arrangement of lab exciting, with 10 laptops, printer, scanner, web camera and projector which I had never seen before in other centers where students pay highly demanding fee. I learned a lot of things related to computer, like Microsoft Office, especially ...

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Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

In 2012 Malala addressed DIL students in Orangi and said, “My intentions were clear. I was only working for peace and education.” Click here or play the video below to listen to her inspirational remarks. Developments in Literacy (DIL) extends an enthusiastic congratulations to Malala Yousafzai, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian veteran of campaigns to free children from trafficking and end child labor. Yousafzai is recognized for her courageous efforts to advance girls’ right to education in Pakistan and around ...

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Strengthening Teacher Concept Knowledge through Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology
We are addressing the urgent issue of quality education in Pakistan by providing teachers with access to learning resources delivered via mobile smart phone. The intervention is based on the premise that teachers who understand subject matter are better equipped to effectively teach those concepts to their students. The results we’ve seen with our initial group of 200 upper primary teachers have been an exciting: 40% improvement in math and 30% increase in English. We attribute this success to our localized approach which is informed by 17 years of managing our ...

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