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Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) is a five years USAID funded project to improve reading skills of children in Grade 1 and 2. IRM is mandated to implement both components of PRP in Balochistan and FATA. These components include ‘Improved Class room Learning Environment’ (cohort 1) and ‘Improved Policies and Systems for Reading’ (cohort 2).

a. PRP Balochistan
So far, this programme has been implemented in 11 districts of Balochistan where planned activities for both Cohort 1 and Cohort II have been completed and linear activities for Cohort 1 are in progress whereas linear activities for Cohort 2 will start during August 2017. In both cohorts of Balochistan, the target of conducting 17 meetings for each of the Teacher Inquiry Group (TIGs) was successfully achieved and thus all modules (18) for TIG training were completed effectively.

In cohort 11 districts, face to face training workshops were also completed. The project strengthened community partnership with the government enhancing the coordination level. Finally government’s ownership of the project activities was improved to a great extent.

Both cohorts’ (I & II) districts have successfully completed their regular activities. At present these districts have entered into the sustainability phase. Finally meetings with mentors and academic supervisors were held to facilitate them make it to the sustainability phase.

The participants of the training workshops received a detailed orientation of the following programme constituents:

PRP interventions for FATA started with setting up of IRM PRP head office in Peshawar. Though the PRP FATA project is largely based in two agencies (Bajaur and Mohmand), yet the IRM has obtained No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the FATA Secretariat which entitles it to implement PRP interventions in Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram and the Frontier Region (FR) D.I.Khan.
IRM has also recently set up its offices in Bajaur and Mohmand to implement PRP activities. Moreover, the required staff for both offices has also been taken onboard.
In FATA, as many as 114 TIGs (72 males and 42 female) have been formed in 602 selected schools (389 boys and 213 girls). Of all the TIGs, 32 were formed in Mohmand Agency (20 male and 12 female) and 82 in Bajaur Agency (50 male and 32 female). The same figures were verified / notified by the concerned Agency Education Offices.
On seeking approval of quarterly work plan (FY 2016-17) by the FATA Secretariat, IRM PRP staff held detailed meetings with the Secretary Social Sectors Development (SSD), Directorate of Projects (DoP) FATA, Directorate of Education (DoE) FATA, concerned political administration and the Agency Education Officers (AEOs). The officials were briefed on the objectives of PRP interventions and its projected impact on both the students and teachers.
Meanwhile, field operations for PRP FATA were initiated and accordingly schools’ data including EMIS (Education Management Information System) codes, students’ enrolment / attendance (grade one only) and teacher information were collected from the concerned agency education offices. The data was cross verified / validated in the field by physically visiting targeted schools, scrutinizing attendance register and verifying teachers’ information etc.
Till date, the program activities are focused in two (Mohmand and Bajaur) agencies, while other agencies including Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai and FR (Frontier Region) D.I.Khan will also be included in the program during 2018.

IRM Head Office
IRM Complex
#7, Sunrise Avenue, Park Road Near COMSATS University,Chak Shahzad
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 8742201-7
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