The United Nation Children Education fund (UNICEF) and Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) signed an Agreement for the Implementation of the Project Titled as “All Children in School (ACIS)” with the objective to reactivate the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) through mobilization, extensive trainings and capacity building of the education department. The other purpose of this project is to actively involve the district government promote the education status of their respective area.
In the first phase of the Project (July 2002-December 2002) the activities were to be implemented in two Districts of Kohat Region (Kohat & Hangu) with few activities at Haripur, for which Unicef provided financial assistance as well as technical support. SRSP was responsible for undertaking Social mobilization of community for Out of School Children (OOSC) and actual implementation of project activities at the field level. The project is extended for another one year in the 19 UCs of District Kohat, Hangu and Haripur due to the success of the project in the project areas.
- Increase enrolment of students in the project area through PTA’s participation.
- Develop linkages with Education Department, elected representatives, PTAs and community members for promotion of quality education.
- 72 PTAs were mobilized in the project area.
- PTAs trained in their roles and responsibilities.
- ADOs orientations about the project.
During the first phase it was observed that the role of PTAs were not given due consideration by the government. Most of the PTAs were only in papers but they were not actually existed. Proper selection of the members of PTAs was not carried out while most of the PTAs were inactive and not properly functioning.
PTAs were totally unaware about their roles and responsibilities.
The current devolved structure of government at district level i.e. Nazims and councilors could play a vital role in the improvement of education of their respective area.
SRSP in this regard imparted different trainings to the PTAs about their roles and responsibilities. ADOs were given orientations about the importance of PTAs and how to make their role more effective.