School Education & Literacy Department
Education Sector of AAP Project aims at reducing stunting and malnutrition in Sindh. Main interventions under this sector include curriculum reforms, teachers training and mother care groups. The nutrition concepts and skills covered in school curriculum from ECCE (Early Childhood Care & Education) to intermediate level will be strengthened through development of instructional material, enhancing delivery skills of teachers and creating know-how of mother care groups for addressing the issue of malnutrition and stunting in school and community.
As part of the Life Skills Based Education, School Education and Literacy Department (SELD), Government of Sindh will be conducting trainings of 50,000 teachers. Components pertaining to nutrition and WASH will also be incorporated in these trainings. Additionally, the department has also collaborated with Indus Health Network (IHN) for the Kiran Sitara, the program aims to reach out 600 schools and train 8000 teachers on theme of nutrition. This will result in the training of 450,000 Kiran Sitaras who will have a reach of 7 million households across all 29 districts and 1112 union councils, directly impacting a population of about 48 million.
SELD in collaboration with Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI) for the Sindh People’s Health Program is working on a three-year Child Health Initiative wherein 600,000 children are being reached out in the communities in the selected districts. 4 sessions per school per month have been planned for creating awareness among students. Furthermore, various Special Events (including sports, demonstration, Healthy Food Day, Health Days, Cleanliness Drive, shoes distribution, etc) and competitions for students like quizzes, debates, and arts have been planned for 2018. Under USAID Community Mobilisation Program, mother-care groups will be formed to share information and best practices.
The department in collaboration with UNICEF and Water Aid Pakistan is working on the implementation of SELD WASH strategy 2017-22 for improving access to safe water, hygiene, sanitation, and MHM.