Updated on 2003-08-11 11:06:50
August 11, 2003 Jumaada al-sani 12, 1424 Hijri

AKFP To Improve Child Learning In Sindh, Balochistan

KARACHI, Pakistan: Aug 11 (PNS) - Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) in cooperation with USAID, is implementing "Releasing Confidence and Creativity (RCC): An Early Childhood Development Programme". This programme is being implemented in 50 communities of Balochistan and another 50 in Sindh.

RCC seeks to support practices and structures in communities, schools, NGOs, and the government that effectively promote early childhood development.

AKF(P) will hold the RCC Roundtable Meeting from August 11-12 in Karachi, to assess the progress and to measure the impact of this intervention. Federal Minister for Education, Zobaida Jalal will conclude the meeting on August 12, said a press release issued here today. Also in attendance will be the programme partners and other distinguished practitioners in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Pakistan.

The meeting aims to share the updates, challenges and next steps being taken in the programme, as well as the formulation of ideas on a proposal for a national ECE policy for Pakistan.

This AKF(P)-managed childhood development programme is being implemented in collaboration with Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P); Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS); Teachers' Resource Centre (TRC); Aga Khan University-Human Development Programme (AKU-HDP); Sindh Education Foundation (SEF); Society For Community Support for Primary Education in Balochistan (SCSPEB); the Education Departments of Sindh and Balochistan, and the local government.

AKF(P), established in 1969, is a branch of the Aga Khan Foundation, a private, international development agency committed to supporting disadvantaged communities irrespective of race, sex, religious affiliation or political persuasion. As part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), AKF(P) aims to promote an effective change in social sector development in Pakistan. AKF(P) like other AKDN members works with a host of partner agencies seeking to involve communities in the development process.

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