Teach the World is honored to partner with Iqra Fund to bring our digital learning pilot to preschool students at their schools in Karabathang and Sultanabad, in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. We are working without internet access in an area several thousand feet above sea level; as a result, we have strategized offline delivery of our programming. 40 children are currently receiving our curriculum in Math, English and Urdu. We plan to expand this opportunity to more students in 2018.
Iqra Fund helps residents of one of the most remote regions of Northern Pakistan to overcome myriad challenges to their wellbeing and educational opportunity. Founded with a focus on girls’ education, the organization has expanded its response to meet the urgent needs of the area by providing medical care and education to people living in Gilgit-Baltistan, an area nestled at the feet of three of the world’s highest mountain ranges. Overshadowed by the Himalayas, the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush mountains, this region faces unique challenges to economic advancement. The geographic, social and political obstacles that limit economic empowerment for the area are particularly felt by girls and women.
Iqra Fund has built co-ed schools and recruited and trained teachers, ensuring that 3,179 children have hope of a bright future. There is an acute demand to expand these opportunities for more students and eventually to provide adult education; given the location of Northern Pakistan between India, China and Afghanistan, an increase in educated workers with multilingual skills could be a boon to international trade.