DIL - 2012 Education Award Recipient: Asia - Pacific
Kindergarten student Sonia laughs during morning classes at Bagga Sheikhan school near Rawalpindi, supported by Developments in Literacy (DIL) , Punjab Province, Pakistan on September 28, 2012. DIL educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating student-centered model schools in remote areas of Pakistan. DIL’s holistic program includes curriculum enhancement initiatives, computer labs, libraries, reading programs and extracurricular activities which enrich the students’ school experience. The agency strengthens the system by providing professional development and support services to teachers and principals. The DIL School works as a center for community engagement and families over time take ownership over education and show demonstrable increases in adult literacy and socio-economic empowerment.