Successful completion of the CEOP project in Pakistan

HOPE’87 has successfully implemented the community-led Education Opportunities in Pakistan (CEOP) project through its local partner the Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) and with financial support of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

The seven project areas were Peshawar, Swat, Shangla, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Buner and Battagram. The project was successfully terminated on 31st December, 2020 – over 10.000 students benefitted from this programme.

The overall objective of the project aimed to give marginalized Out of School Children (OOSC), especially girls, access to quality educational opportunities in safe learning environments throughout communities in Pakistan. 

The project was relevant to community needs as it helped to bring 2.638 OOSC to school. The girls’ enrolment has been increased by 28.6% in Girls Community Schools (GCS) thanks to improved access to education facilities and learning opportunities. 

Additionally, the teachers’ training was successfully terminated and highly appreciated by ESEF, the teachers themselves and the Village Education Committees. Consequently, 409 trained teachers are - still to this day - contributing positively towards the improvement of GCS which in turn makes the schools more attractive. Parents are making efforts of enrolling their OOSC in GCS thanks to their quality education, safety/security, reduced distance from home and most importantly thanks to the teachers' positive attitudes. 

The assessment of students’ learning in early grades i.e. grade II and III was conducted through tools of Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and Early Grade Mathematical Assessment (EGMA). These tools were comprised of four sub tasks concerning reading and mathematical skills of the students in English, Urdu and other mathematics subjects.

Moreover, 150 Village Education Committees (VECs) have been reactivated and strengthened through trained Community Mobilization Associates. 

Overall, the project improved access to educational facilities, provided learning opportunities through community mobilization, built the capacity of teachers and improved governance.

Many thanks go out to the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) for their financial support of the project!