2002 – 2003
A group of committed and experienced education experts, led by Mr Abdul Jahan, came forward to aggregate their ideas to create an organisation that would work towards a vision where all children would have ready access to quality education.
The materialization of these ideas took around two years, and as a result ‘Mountain Institute for Educational Development’ was established as an educational organization for children.
The determined and visionary founders of MIED stood before many local and international organizations to emphasize that all children should benefit from quality education, and that the provision of quality education requires a well integrated and holistic approach.
Thus, MIED initiated the implementation of ‘School Improvement Programme’ in 68 government-run schools in Mansehra district with the funding support from Plan Pakistan.
October 8th, 2005: one of the largest earthquakes to hit South Asia, caused over 70,000 people to die and thousands more to lose their homes. As MIED was based in Mansehra,
Just 40 km away from the epicentre of the earthquake, our staff was profoundly affected, but continued to work diligently to help dilute the sorrow that arose after the calamity.
We worked in Dharyal tent village providing Early Childhood Care & Development Centres and schools in the tents – a safe environment where children could come to play, learn and leave their worries behind.
MIED has been a vigilant contributor to ‘Rescue, Relief and Educational Rehabilitation’ processes in the unfortunate October 08, 2005 Earthquake calamity in the affected KPK and AJK regions. Our Educational Activities for IDPs in the camps were very effective in engaging children and their guardians in a systematic learning process.
In addition, our partnership with Plan Pakistan expanded to Punjab, and we started a project in Chakwal district, implementing SIP in 30 schools, and providing training to 800 teachers.
As an acknowledgement to MIED’s significant contribution in earthquake response in Mansehra and Battagram districts of KPK, MIED has been awarded with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ from Pakistan Army.
The Community Learning Programme in Islamabad was established: we started working in slum and urban areas of Islamabad providing Early Childhood Care and Development centres and a non-formal education programme.
A continuation and expansion of our earthquake response – the year saw us move from working in the tent villages back to supporting people moving home. We started to implement rehabilitation and reconstruction in 75 schools in Seren and Konsh valleys in Mansehra District in partnership with Plan Pakistan. We established 100 Early Childhood Care and Development Centres (ECCD) for children aged 3-6. We also provided psycho-social support to the students, staff and the communities.
Our earthquake response also expanded to a partnership with Care International; we implemented a ‘School Emergency Preparedness through School Improvement’ in Battagram, which incorporated disaster risk reduction as well as school improvement.
We implemented a teachers training programme in Muzzafarabad with ‘Save the Children UK’.
The SIP Mansehra programme expanded to include a Child Rights component: through working with teachers, communities and students our aim was to ensure that children in this district were aware of and enjoying their rights.
Between July and December 2007 we partnered with UNICEF working in government schools that were affected by the earthquake in District Muzafferabad. This project has been extended until June 2008 in 75 schools.
Our work with Care International in Battagram expanded to include schools in Allai: our aim was to improve the quality of education in earthquake-affected schools in both areas, and provide support to teachers and students.
We implemented a training of trainers programme for the Education Department in Peshawar as part of Education for All – to build the capacity and knowledge of government master trainers.
We worked in 27 earthquake-affected schools in Balakot. In partnership with Care International, we provided temporary shelters for schools that continued to take place in tents for a long time while keeping the children’s link to their studies intact in absence of properly built schools, and we also provided professional support to the teachers.
MIED expanded its funding base to other donor organisations and obtained a project on School Improvement Program from Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) in district Battagram. SIP intervention was initiated in 30 government schools and later on the number of schools were increased to 45 in the district.
A rather energetic year for MIED, as our partnership with Plan Pakistan in Chakwal expanded to include 76 new schools.
MIED and Plan Pakistan as partners implemented SIP in govt. schools in district Chakwal since 2005 and ECCD Centers since, 2009.
MIED started the School Improvement Program in district Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan with the funding support of PPAF in the year 2010. The project was aimed to implement school improvement program (SIP) with community involvement in 32 schools in the district.
Our work with communities in the district has yielded very promising results in support of improving the education system. PPAF and MIED combined their knowledge and expertise in the provision of quality education, child rights and gender awareness with an edge of their knowledge of the area and the needs there.
The project was initiated and implemented in two different types of schools; government schools and community managed schools.
MIED’s SIP interventions with PPAF commenced in ‘District Mianwali’ in 2009. By far, the outcomes of the SIP project in Mianwali stand as a prominent hallmark of our holistic approach successfully achieved through the support of our partner PPAF.
The changes that we brought included everything from School building Renovation & repair to provision of missing facilities from the classrooms till the playground and any other associated amenities.
MIED’s intervention in the sector of education in Pakistan proved to be effective and inspiring for not only to other donors but also for other organisations to undertake partnerships for the cause. In its endeavours to take forward the mission of improving quality of education MIED and FFC penned a partnership to implement our interventions in the schools of Ghotki in the year 2011.
Girl Power Program (GPP) Chakwal was yet another innovative intervention for MIED to implement with the funding support from Plan International in Pakistan. This project aimed to provide education of Middle level to 1900 girls and young women, dropped out in their Primary level school education, through Fast-Track Learning Centres within two years. MIED established 56 learning centres in the district and enrolled more than 2200 girls for the purpose.
MIED expanded its School Improvement Program intervention in district Chitral in partnership with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and KfW. The project was implemented in 16 schools of three most deprived Union Councils of district Chitral. The project was focussed on teachers’ capacity building, provision of furniture and missing facilities and repair & renovation of government schools.
Apart from its regular programs and projects MIED was also engaged in short term projects to cater services in capacity building and training of professionals involved in government education sector. Training to Practicum School Teachers in the province of KPK and Punjab was undertaken in the year 2013.
Provision of Inclusive Education to Afghan Refugee Children:
MIED implemented yet another project on Provision of Inclusive Education to Afghan Refugee Children in the Afghan refugee concentrated areas of district Mansehra, Mardan, Peshawar, Mianwali, Karachi, Pishin and Quetta in the year 2013. The project was implemented involving the community and parents of Afghan refugee children that increased the enrolment and retention of Afghan children to a very high level.
This project was a joint venture of MIED, UNICEF and UNHCR.
2014 – 2018:
- Lesson plan development for govt. schools in KPK
- Research study on Teaching Competencies in govt. schools in 6 Districts of KPK
- School improvement program and community mobilization continued in Community Managed Schools in District Ghizer GB
- Girls Power Program continued in 55 Community managed Learning Centers in Chakwal
- Community Mobilization for Community Physical Infrastructure (CPI) Projects in Abbottabad