Highlights from Pakistan: Developments in Literacy (DIL)

Developments in Literacy (DIL) believes no child in Pakistan, no matter how poor or underprivileged, should be denied access to quality education. DIL educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating schools based on a student centered model and providing high-quality professional development to teachers and principals across Pakistan.

The learning environments in each of the 124 DIL schools and the emphasis on activity-based learning showcase DIL’s focus on supporting student’s ability to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively.  Students develop a unique and crucial set of skills at DIL schools as the result of DIL’s harmonization between curriculum, teacher training, libraries, and technology programs. DIL believes ensuring teachers are adequately trained is the key to providing quality education and impacting the most students.  DIL’s teacher training programs allow for students in schools outside of their network to receive quality education as DIL teachers often move onto work at government schools. DIL has also recently taken on the management of 30 government schools in an effort to bring their curriculum and training methods to teachers across the country.

Specializing in building the capacity of educators working in underserved areas of Pakistan, DIL’s Teacher Training program addresses content knowledge gaps. DIL’s training provides teachers with workshops demonstrating best practices in student-centered teaching instead of rote learning methods typically used in most public schools. DIL delivers training using in-person, peer coaching, blended learning, and e-learning models including their own highly successful mobile learning intervention program, which provides teachers with unlimited access to instructional video lessons in math and English, resulting in 47% growth in content knowledge.

The child has always been and will always be at the heart of what DIL does. Compelled by the belief that all children should have equal opportunity to reach their full potential, DIL exercises an uncompromising commitment to high quality education delivered at a low cost. With 18 years of experience, DIL continues to grow and strengthen its long-term impact in the areas where they serve the children of Pakistan.

DIL has local Chapters throughout the United States. If you are interested in becoming involved in your own local DIL Chapter, please reach out to DIL’s Executive Director, Kendra Puryear, at kendra@dil.org or 949-474-5303.