The earthquake of 2005 has caused serious devastation in the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Over 83% of the educational institutes were affected in AJK. Friends Pakistan/KnK Japan received constant demands of community and Governmental Departments of AJK for the rehabilitation of demolished educational infrastructure. Friends Pakistan in partnership with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan through KnK Japan (Kokyo Naki Kodomotachi) has initiated Schools Reconstruction Program in AJK in March 2014.
The objective of this intervention is to improve learning environment of the demolished schools through providing the safe physical infrastructure in the form of permanent school buildings as per the approved seismic standards, providing the requisite school supplies (Furniture etc), enhancing the capacities of students and teachers to improve the teaching and learning process in schools and to enhance the capacities of the communities to have active involvement in schools affairs for overall school improvement.
The first phase of this program was completed in December 2014 and six (6) schools building have been handed over to Line Department as per specification and building code of Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and NESPAK. After the construction of new school buildings, the pre project enrollment that was four hundred and seventy eight (478) has increased to eight hundred (800) at six target schools. Fifty six (56) members of School Management Committee (SMC) and fifty six (56) members of Students Representative Councils (SRCs) were given training on their role and responsibilities and capacity building of twenty (20) teachers was enhanced on modern teaching methodologies, student’s assessment and enabling friendly classroom environment.
The second phase of School Reconstruction Program is near to completion and six more schools building will be handed over to Education Department. The direct beneficiaries of phase second project are 833 students, 23 teachers and 48 SMC members.