Parwaan Pakistan now makes a wide stride – in line with its vision of establishing 0.5 million ECCE centers across Pakistan by 2030 and to ensure access and provision of quality early childhood care and education to all children, Parwaan is now scaling up its tested social entrepreneurship and ECCE model whereby 1000 youth will be skilled to establish ECCE s across Pakistan, benefiting more than 25,000 marginalized children of age group 3-5 years during 2017-18.
Parwaan Pakistan and Ilm Ideas 2 signed a contract on 28 April, 2017 to scale up Parwaan Pre-school - A School Readiness Program from five to fifteen more districts in Punjab, KPK and Balochistan.The signing ceremony among others was attended by the Joint Education Advisor Ministry for Federal Education & Professional Training Prof. Mohammad Rafique Tahir, Team Lead Ilm Ideas- 2 Ms. Helen Kamal, Ms. Mehnaz Aziz President Parwaan and other senior government officials, representatives from civil society organizations etc.
Parwaan Preschool Program adopts an innovative two-pronged approach in catering to early year’s education and development needs of poor and marginalized children of age 3-5 years. The program builds capacities of unemployed educated youth through 8-weeks extensive training in entrepreneurial and early year’s development skills to open up ECD centers in their respective communities.
The youth in the first phase of the program has come forward as a positive force by providing quality early childhood opportunities to about 1500 children age 3-5 years in low-income areas in five districts - Kohat, Charsadda Bahawalpur, Khushab and ICT. Third Party Valuation has ranked 90% of the centers in the “good” category as measured against international ECD standards.
These centres are increasing the livelihood of the entrepreneurs as well as their families. The centers are also contributing to the health and physical development of the enrolled children as all the children in ECD centers across all districts were immunized against polio, while mothers of the enrolled children were sensitized about health and nutrition through health awareness sessions.
The entrepreneurs are not only provided continuous technical support to facilitate them in their efforts, but also provided microfinance facility by linking them with microfinance institutions that provide interest free loans. These loans help them in scaling up their microbusinesses and improving facilities at their centers, which increases enrollment of children and consequently their revenues.
The success of the programme has resulted in its expansion. Adding to the accomplishments is the ‘franchising of the programme’, which will be known as ‘Parwaan Preschool Global Network’. The franchise will be available to individuals and small businesses that aim to initiate the establishment of their own ECD centers. Parwaan Preschool Global Network will not only provide them with the opportunity to use Parwwaan’s brand but also the opportunity to undertake the entrepreneurial and ECD training and buy the extensive school – readiness kit for their ECD centers. The franchise model will ensure the sustainability and growth of the programme to bring early childhood education into the mainstream by not only safeguarding the future of the children but simultaneously empowering the youth to take responsibility of their future.