Posted on February 12, 2019

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s global programme, Educate A Child (EAC), in partnership with the British Council, is pleased to announce the ‘Ilm-Possible: Take a Child to School (TACS) Phase II’ project in Pakistan, aiming to enrol 200,000 out of school children (OOSC) into quality primary education throughout the country.

Building on the previously successful Phase I strategies of TACS, this three-year joint project is also supported by Generation Amazing, the social and human legacy programme of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, to enhance the learning experience of class 1-5 students by introducing a football for development module called ‘United Generation’ that promotes ‘life skills through sports’ as part of a normal school day in 66 public schools.

Generation Amazing is supporting EAC and partner British Council in using football in education for social change. The programme, which seeks to boost retention rates at school, has already piloted this life skills resource in eight districts. Activities are employed both in and out of the classroom to create an exciting, dynamic learning environment that promotes and encourages positive social change through sports and education in a way that is both interactive and stimulating for children. The activities fall primarily within two types of categories: Classroom Learning Discussions and Sports Sessions. 

Generation Amazing is contributing to making school environments in Pakistan more inclusive, helping teachers develop better relationships with their students through the insertion of fun activities that break the routine of the school day. Fawad Aziz, a nine-year-old student beneficiary, recently remarked: “We love Generation Amazing. We get to play football and learn things such as how to cross the road, and the importance of playing together.” Through Generation Amazing a total of 9,016 students have already been reached in the TACS II project and significant positive behavioural change has been noted, as student beneficiaries were observed to be more respectful towards teachers, parents and classmates. Furthermore, the students displayed a greater propensity towards personal responsibility and an ability to work in teams.

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Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, Executive Director, Educate A Child (EAC), states: “EAC believes that quality education has the power of positive transformation.  Reaching out of school children (OOSC) is one of the most crucial aspects of holistic growth and development for each and every nation. Through our partnership with British Council and Generation Amazing, we aim to support a sustainable future in Pakistan. Together, we strive to reach 200,000 of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalised children and inspire them with a quality primary education that will positively impact their lives, communities and country.”

Ms Faiza Inayat, Director of Ilm-Possible: Take a Child to School Phase II, states: “Under Ilm-Possible: Take a Child to School we are always looking for innovative means to support our retention objectives and to keep children engaged and supportive of their own education. The Generation Amazing model aims to do this by utilising an easy to understand and interactive approach. The Generation Amazing programme has had considerable impact in the schools where it is implemented.” 

EAA Boilerplate:

EAA is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters.  It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With that in mind, the EAA Foundation aims to enable human development through the provision of inclusive and unbiased quality education.  The Foundation is a current member of the UNESCO SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, which-in keeping with EAA Foundation’s core and founding principle-makes recommendations on how to achieve quality education for all.  For more information, visit educationaboveall.org

About Educate A Child (EAC)

Aiming to trigger significant breakthroughs and a material difference in the lives of children who have no access to primary education, Educate A Child (EAC), a global programme of EAA also launched in 2012, has been helping millions of out of school children (OOSC) all over the world, through partnership and innovation, overcome access and retention barriers blocking their path to education.  EAC strives to achieve individual and social outcomes for these children, their communities and a more sustainable world for us all.

For more information, visit educateachild.org.

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British Council Boilerplate

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for building engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide.  We do this through cultural relations.  Cultural relations are a priority for the UK, and the British Council is at the forefront of this endeavour, promoting co-existence, cooperation, mutual respect and understanding.  We work over the long-term, protecting diversity and individual identity and identifying opportunities to bring the people of the world closer.  We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. 

Over the coming years, there is a significant need for the UK to build intercultural dialogue, create opportunity for people (especially young people) to participate in the knowledge economy and tackle the threat to us all presented by the global political landscape and climate change.  Our approach to cultural relations harnesses the power of education, the arts and creativity, sport, English and governance to build relationships of mutual benefit worldwide and to address global issues. 

Our purpose is to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and to increase appreciation of UK’s creative ideas and achievements.

This work is driven by our strong belief in internationalism, a commitment to professionalism and an enthusiasm for creativity. These qualities, coupled with our integrity and our conviction that cultural relations can help individuals and the world community to thrive, make the British Council a good partner and a special place to work.

In Pakistan, British Council has functional offices in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

For further information about the British Council, please visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org

Generation Amazing Boilerplate:

Generation Amazing is the human and social legacy programme initiated during Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in 2010, which uses the power of sport to positively impact lives and create sustainable social development in communities.

The programme aims to positively impact one million lives through football for development outreach and education by 2022. Targeting vulnerable and displaced people, we will empower new generations of young leaders to transform their communities through football and create sustainable programmes which will generate exciting social development opportunities long after the last ball has been kicked in 2022.

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