By the grace
of Allah our plans to bring Aamnat Foundation literacy program to Thatta has
seen the light of the day. With this, we have taken yet another step forward in
our mission to spread literacy in under developed areas of Pakistan and to less
Last year, we started 15 PLP Centers in Malir /
Landhi area, followed by 11 in Ibrahim Haidri, Korangi. So far about 400 women
have been made literate.
This year, we started with a difference! First,
to improve the course quality, we decided to develop a new course and design our
own books. Second, to improve our productivity and effectiveness, we opened
Foundation’s field office and engaged a professional as against volunteers
managing the PLP Centers. This new model, based on our last year’s experience,
is being implemented in Thatta district.
spread over an area of 17,355 km sq with a population reported in 2008 at
1,395,473 and population density of 80 people per sq kilo meter.
Administratively, the district is divided into 9 Talukas (Tehsils), which are
divided into 55 Union Councils (UCs). According to the Pakistan National Human
Development Report 2003, Thatta stands 64th among 91 Districts (UNDP 2003) and
one of its Taluka Mirpur Sakro was declared the most poverty ridden Taluka in
Aamnat Foundation’s Thatta district office is
located in Gharo, a town of Taluka Sakro, situated close to historic site of
Bhambore and we selected Mr. Habibullah Palijo, an educationist of the area, as
our District Manager. In March/April, literacy need survey was conducted in UCs
Dhabeji, Gharo, and Gujjo. Based on the survey and community meetings, to begin
with, we are establishing 20 PLP Centers in these 3 UCs and have selected
teachers from amongst the community of the locations of PLP Centers.
10th May 2010, a two day ‘Teach The Teachers’
training is being conducted by an experienced literacy trainer and 20 PLP
Centers in Thatta will commence on 12th May for a period of 4 months followed by
examination and award of Certificates to successful learners. Thus, about 500
learners will be able to read and write Urdu and do simple arithmetic to join
the ranks of literate and empowered Pakistanis