Sindh Govt to set up 600 temporary schools in 4 most flood-hit districts under public-private partnership
As the post-flood rehabilitation of damaged schools infrastructure across Sindh will take a long time to complete, the provincial government and Save the Children has planned to set up 600 Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in four districts with an aim to resume students’ educational activities stalled following the devastating floods.
The provincial government has already declared 23 districts as ‘calamity affected areas’ and major damages and displacements have occurred in the province especially in Dadu, sanghar , Shikarpur and Khairpur districts.
“Under this initiative, scheduled to continue for two years, 600 TLCs will be established in Dadu, sanghar, Shikarpur and Khairpur besides scaling up the response and support for flood affected children on immediate basis,” reveals a Letter of Understanding (LoU) signed between Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), Save the Children, and Legal Rights Forum (LRF) at a meeting held here on Tuesday, 11th Oct 2022.
Managing Director SEF Abdul Kabir Kazi, Country Director Save the Children, M. Khurram Gondal and Chief Executive Officer LRF Muhammad Tahir Iqbal signed the LoU. Global Humanitarian Director, Save the Children, Gabriella Waaijman was also present on the occasion.
The Sindh government has already declared Save the Children as its strategic partner for the Pakistan Flood Response 2022, following the permission by federal interior ministry to carry out humanitarian activities in all floods-affected districts of Pakistan, in coordination with NFRCC, NDMA, and respective PDMAs.
Main objective of this LoU is to strengthen public private partnership for Education in Emergency in Sindh. All the three signatories will initially work together to respond to the education needs during the current flood emergency as a short term objective and work for the improvement of education in the province in the long term.
They will also collaborate for development, implementation, assessment and oversight of the formal and non-formal education projects in the province, including establishment of TLCs in Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Sanghar, Dadu and Khairpur and expansion in other flood affected districts.
Country Director Save the Children, M. Khurram Gondal and Global Humanitarian Director Save the Children, Gabriella Waaijman also *visited temporary learning centers, child friendly spaces, provided Food/ Non-Food Items, dignity kits and other necessary relief items to the flood affected communities in district Dadu*.
“We are ensuring resumption of students’ education despite the damage caused to the schools due to the recent flood,” Khurram Gondal said on the occasion.
Gabriella Waaijman was of the view that Save the Children is putting in all resources and efforts so that students’ education activities are resumed to recover education loss as much as we can.
At the LoU signing ceremony, Managing Director SEF Abdul Kabir Kazi said that the provincial government wants resumption of education activities and hoped that they would achieve this goal with the sustained cooperation of SCI and LRF.
In his remarks, CEO LRF Tahir Iqbal said that this initiative would enable them to expand the temporary learning centers in other districts and achieve the desired results.
The LRF has already signed an MoU with SEF for setting up 50 non-formal education (NFE) centers for girls in Shikarpur district to cater to the learning needs of 1801 girls in the district.
All NFE Centres are currently inundated and damaged due to the intense rains and floods.
Under the LoU, Save the Children will carry out fundraising efforts to support joint initiatives with SEF and LRF, provide technical and financial assistance to establish the planned TLCs while prioritizing the most flood affected districts and work jointly with SEF and LRF to rehabilitate the flood affected schools.
It will also conduct orientation and training on the use of different online and virtual platforms, train the SEF and LRF teams on SCI education focused community mobilization and campaigning activities.