Education
for All

Your tool to change the world

Buksh
Foundation

Buksh Foundation is a dynamic micro-finance organization setup with the vision of scaling financial services in Pakistan and reaching out to the ‘unbanked’ and under privileged, bringing a particular focus on access to women, growth in rural markets and technological innovations.

Lighting a Million
Lives Project

Buksh Foundation has initiated 'Lighting a Million Lives' Project which aims to enable energy impoverished communities across the country to access clean and reliable sources of lighting through solar technologies to improve their quality of life. A female micro entrepreneur will be selected from each village where a solar charging station of 50 lanterns will be set up for her. She will then either rent out these solar lanterns every evening at a very affordable cost or will sell them to individual households as per the need arises. This will not only help fulfil the energy needs of the entire village but will also create a permanent source of income for the entrepreneur.

Our core philosophy

So many of the fundamental civic and social problems we face as a community stem from a lack of awareness at a grassroots level. Education and innovation is the way to initiate the collective change we want to see, one individual at a time.
Zayna Buksh, CEO

Background

Access to consistent quality education is a huge problem for youth in Pakistan. Some children are just victims of circumstance with either living too far away from a school or enrolled in a ghost school. Other children live within families unwilling to invest in education. With the lack of encouragement and motivation from school and home a child is less likely to return to school or continue with their education, ending up doing low pay labour. Young girls and women are even more at risk for child marriages, a life of financial dependence and no alternative options in the face of domestic abuse.

List of SAARC countries
by Literacy Rate

Regional comparisons illustrate the dire need for a renewed and intensive focus on education and literacy in Pakistan.
Introduction - Central Bureau of Statistics http://cbs.gov.np/image/data/2016/SAARC%20in%20Figure s%202016.pdf

A variety of problems and obstacles present themselves for children and young adults looking to gain practical benefits and life skills from a quality education

Quality of Education

58% of children in grade 5 have the reading level of a child in grade 2

54% of children in grade 5 have math problem solving skills of a child in grade 2

The rote learning and memorization techniques applied in most curriculums results in a lack of focus on the application of learning and can lead to demotivation

Teacher Training

Teachers who lack the proper training create further obstructions for children, between absentees low teacher pay and lack of incentives and curricular emphasis on memorization, critical thinking is neglected and children generally struggle to understand the information being presented

A teacher's behavior towards their students is just as important as the quality of education being provided, and low teacher sensitivity creates a hostile environment that is not at all conducive to learning and also hinders the inclusion of special needs children

Parental Involvement

A child is further demotivated when they have no support from home, and parent(s) with little or no education background are far less likely to get involved with a child's school work and show interest and encouragement in a child's learning development

Cost of tuition fees and materials also prevents families from educating children simply due to lack of resources to provide formal education for their children

Literacy

While literacy rates are improving year on year, a lack of access to quality education across a range of subjects and mediums inhibits the potential of people of all ages across the country, with young women from rural backgrounds faring especially poorly.

Literacy Rates (est. 2017)

Pakistan as a whole at 58% a decline of 2% from the previous year


Literacy rate between genders

Literacy

Literacy Rate (10 Years and Above) Pakistan and Provinces (Percent)
Province/Area Pakistan Rural Urban Punjab Rural Urban Sindh Rural Urban KPK Rural Urban Balochistan Rural Urban
2013-2014
Male 70 63 81 71 65 82 67 53 80 72 70 81 59 54 74
Female 47 36 66 52 43 71 43 21 63 36 32 55 25 17 45
Total 58 49 74 61 53 76 56 37 72 53 49 68 43 36 59
2014-2015
Male 70 63 82 71 65 82 70 55 82 71 69 80 61 54 78
Female 49 38 69 55 45 73 49 24 70 35 31 52 25 17 42
Total 60 51 76 63 55 77 60 40 76 53 50 66 44 38 61
Source: Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey, 2014-2015
Literacy rate between grades
Net Enrollment (est. 2017)
Parental Education
Economic Survey of Pakistan 2016 – 2017 and Pakistan Education Statistics 2016-2017 http://www.finance.gov.pk/survey/chapters_16/10_Education.pdf
According to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2016 – 2017, a mere 2.3% of GDP is spent on Education Sector.
Teachers at each level

Teachers in education institutes during 2016 – 2017: 1.67 million

Enrolment at each level

Proposed Solution

The Education for All initiative aims to address the plethora of issues facing Pakistani people as a result of dearth of access to consistent quality education. We are looking to introduce the future of education to communities across Pakistan, providing flexible and highly credible learning opportunities. We would like to help people understand that literacy, education and self empowerment is also possible even in the absence of the resources to attend a formal education institute.

We plan to establish an online portal that offers a wide range of completely free educational content, academic courses, vocational trainings, and social equity awareness. Educational content will be developed in collaboration with leading educational institutions in the country and the region, with certificates and credits earned from courses being transferable to colleges an d universities

Proposed Solution

We will also offer complete degree programs to enable those who are unable to attend full time school the opportunity for a certified and credible education through distance learning.

In order to promote outreach across the nation, we will set up solar WiFi stations in rural villages and communities, provide on-ground awareness generation and user training courses and partner with local schools in the area to create a computer lab for ease of access, monitored by a local member of the community, who will be provided with the relevant technical training.

Concept

Easy to navigate user friendly interface that allows learners to reach a wide variety of educational, vocational and academic content on their own time

Gain useful skills and earn reputable academic credits to drive further education opportunities and increase self-sufficiency and earning potential

Driving technological advancement and innovation in small communities

Self-sustainable energy model

The aim is to be able to study from anywhere at anytime for absolutely anybody and the most practical way to do so is through online learning

Help increase the productivity of Pakistani people through flexible and free learning opportunities

Entire lab will be self-sustained on solar energy

The whole lab will be run and regu- lated by women (who have used and now know how to use the portal) from the area

Objectives

To promote literacy, particularly for women and children demographics

Providing education opportunities for those who have little to none

Stimulate cottage industries and SME entrepreneurs to increase earning potential based on better education background

Encouraging a cultural shift towards tertiary education with transferable and accredited distance learning opportunities

Empower women to tap into their full potential, be aware of their civil rights and gain financial independence

Positive Schooling and Subjective Well-Being of Pakistani Children (A Qualitative Study) https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a9d7/fe9c8051dd340119a9da692ef517085 eb169.pdf

Breaking taboos and stereotypes against girls going to school or women being bread winners

Creating more opportunities for growth not just for individuals but communities as a whole

Making education and literacy easily achievable to be established as a universal norm that is passed down and encouraged and promoted by all social and cultural institutions

An effort to keep children and youths safe from:

Poverty

Child labor

Child marriages

Substance abuse and petty crime

Content

Content offered in both English and Urdu languages

Interactive programs for e-learning

video tutorials

discussion forums

Child marriages

quizzes and assignments

Option to contact an education professional for personalized help and guidance

Counselors available to contact for outreach and further dialogue

Different types of courses designed for children and adults

language, math, science, computer skills

reading and writing

critical thinking

arts and humanities

awareness and empowerment programs

vocational and training courses

accredited courses

Content will come in a variety of forms, both tailor-made for the platform and in collaboration with universities and schools

The goal is to create an Education Application Platform that can be used by individuals to learn from in the absence of access to formal school education. We want to include courses which would not only benefit children but also adults.The portals can be accessed through computers & mobile devices and solar powered WiFi stations.

Sustainable Implementation

Impact of Higher Education on Economic Growth of Pakistan https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/22912/2/MPRA_ paper_22912.pdf
Awareness Generation

Community outreach programs, user training and introductory seminars will be conducted on-ground at the initiation and implementation of virtual schools in each area and community

Technical Training

We will provide technical training to one or two members of the community for maintenance of the systems and to be representatives of the virtual schools

This will enable each location to be essentially self—sufficient and encourage people to teach and support each other in their pursuit of learning

Supporting Schools and Institutions

Schools and institutions will provide a range of diversified course content

Partner schools in the area can also act as virtual classroom centers, with upgrades to their computer lab and a timetable for participants to utilize the resources

Additional ways to contribute include providing volunteer tutors, hosting special live classes or seminars and sending representatives for training

The goal is to create an Education Application Platform that can be used by individuals to learn from in the absence of access to formal school education. We want to include courses which would not only benefit children but also adults.The portals can be accessed through computers & mobile devices and solar powered WiFi stations.

Feasibility

The working capital required will cover the set up of the portal and an initial roll out in the 3 major cities of Pakistan.

Roll out of the virtual schools in rural areas, inner cities and provincial districts will be funded by individual donors per location or set of locations.

Location size will be dependent on local geography, population demographics and education statistics.

Research and Feasibility

Online Portal Development

Content Development

Awareness Generation Campaigns

Initial Roll Out and Launch

The goal is to create an Education Application Platform that can be used by individuals to learn from in the absence of access to formal school education. We want to include courses which would not only benefit children but also adults.The portals can be accessed through computers & mobile devices and solar powered WiFi stations.

Feasibility

A01 New Location Roll Out
1,000-2,500 SQFT Facility
15 to 40 Computers
Population Reach: >60,000

Cost Cover:

Induction and Training Programs

Solar WiFi Stations

Computer Labs

Ground Up Construction, Finishing

Desks, Chairs and Workstations

Desktop Computers and Servers

Restroom Facilities

Cafeteria Area

Backend Offices

Community Outreach

B01 New Location Roll Out
3,000 + SQFT Facility
50+ Computers
Population Reach: >150,000

Cost Cover:

Induction and Training Programs

Solar WiFi Stations

Computer Labs

Ground Up Construction, Finishing

Desks, Chairs and Workstations

Desktop Computers and Servers

Restroom Facilities

Cafeteria Area

Backend Offices

Community Outreach

C03 Existing Location Roll Out
Located within an existing school or education institution in the area

Cost Cover:

Induction and Training Programs

Solar WiFi Stations

Computer Labs

Renovation of Existing Location

Desks, Chairs and Workstations

Desktop Computers and Servers

Community Outreach

Incentive for Donors

Starting from the initial community mobilization whereby the Buksh team shall create awareness about the project amongst the local community and inform the community about the donor what they want to do for the community by this development project

Signing ceremony shall take place between Foundation and the donor, covered by all PR modes to showcase the partnership

Documentaries, impact assessment reports and coffee table books shall be made by the Foundation’s team to endorse the donor brand and raise further awareness of the initiative

Foundation shall promote the donor on its forums and amongst all international platforms and linkages

After successful implementation based on the agreement formulated with the donor, a corporate event shall be organized to display the impact the donor has been able to create through this project for the community

The portal would hold a page dedicated towards donors, grants and CSR funds and their contributions to the project

Projected Impact

Education can change not just an individual's future but also an entire generation. We are looking to initiate the change we want to see at every level of society based on a foundation of proof of positive impact.

Projected Impact Papers and studies including Impact of Higher Education on Economic Growth of Pakistan illustrate how important it is for a nation’s economic growth and prosperity to have educated future generations and youth who carry the country forward

Case studies in districts and rural areas around the country showcase the need for diversified educational opportunities that consist of more than just traditional school classrooms to promote critical thinking and innovation in a generation of young minds across Pakistan.

Studies including Higher education and women’s empowerment in Pakistan and Assessing the Determinants of Women Empowerment in Pakistan showed respondents highlighted economic independence and an increased standing within family and society as the main benefits of higher education participation.

The major finding is that participation in higher education enables women to make an impact on a number of discriminatory practices simultaneously and thereby effect positive change within their community.

Assessing the Determinants of Women Empowerment in Pakistan http://aerc.edu.pk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ar ticle_36Paper-571-III-1.pdf

This depicts the need for future educational strategies to be developed with the aim of promoting gender equality in all areas of education in Pakistan, but particularly with the aim of increasing female students’ participation in higher education.

Numerous studies and research cases have proven that education at all levels is positively correlated to gainful employment in individuals.

Impact of Education and Health on Employment in Pakistan: A Case Study and the Positive Schooling and Subjective Well-Being of Pakistani Children (A Qualitative Study) are two studies that explore the positive impact of quality schooling on a child’s well being.

Impact of Education on Socio-Economic Status of Villagers Life:A Case Study of Shrien Wala Village of Faisalabad District http://pu.edu.pk/images/journal/pesr/PDF-FILES/4% 20JAVED%20Impact%20of%20Edu%20on%20SES.pdf

Conclusion

Across the world, distance learning is gaining more traction as the future medium of education. MOOCs (multi-user online courses) are becoming increasingly popular among students and employers alike, with platforms like Edx offering access to a wide variety of academic course content.

For the people of Pakistan, education is a sector that needs immediate attention.

The Education for All Initiative has a promising dominant impact as there is a very strong need for education in Pakistan, particularly providing access in rural areas. Education can change not just an individual's future but also an entire generation.

Children and women are the driving force of any family, society and country. One is the future and the other a nurturer, and it is imperative to empower both demographics to achieve their full potential in order for us to move forward as a nation.

In embracing innovative new technology, core values of empowerment and promoting the pillars of a strong society, the Education for All Initiative has the capacity to take Pakistan forward as a country and economy, as well as improve life on a personal scale for the 200 million people living in this great nation whose vast potential has thus far been largely inhibited.

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