Broad Class – Listen to Learn


Grantee:

The Communicators Pvt. Ltd.

Description:

Most government schools in Pakistan lack of well-trained teachers; physical infrastructure and other facilities to impart quality education. Those who get enrolled end up not picking up the knowledge, skills and attitudes that can make them productive part of our workforce. Improving the quality of students graduating from government schools.
Beneficiaries: DDCF piloted a project in district Haripur, “Broad Class – Listen to Learn” showcasing radio as an instructional tool. Curriculum-based lessons in numeracy and English language were broadcast daily in the 500 classrooms of government schools to improve teaching quality and learning outcomes.

  • Results: 18% Attendance Improved
  • 10% Enrollment Increased
  • 14% Increase in students’ participation in classroom
  • 92% Teachers using teaching techniques in classrooms

Adoption and Scale-up:

It uses locally manufactured radio for delivering instructions. The schools don’t have to worry about electricity or internet connectivity issues. Teachers require a couple of training to use radio as teaching aid costing PRK 9000. This is hardly 15% of the current cost of doing comparable training. The average cost per class room per year is Rs.68,500. A big chunk of this average is fixed cost of airing lessons that will remain unchanged if we implement the model in 100 schools or 100,000 schools. That makes it logical to implement it at a wider scale.