Umme Kalsoom’s impact
In 2019, SYCOP developed a plan to mobilise their community groups in Muzaffargarh to support girls’ education. The groups now lobby the government to increase the number of elementary and secondary schools for girls, implement girls’ strident policies, ensure girls have hygienic bathroom facilities and improve the quality of teacher trainings. Following the group’s advocacy, girls’ schools in Muzaffargarh started holding evening classes so girls who must work during the day can continue their education at night.
Umme and SYCOP trained 114 women councillors in the subdistrict of Tehsil Muzaffargarh to identify issues in school facilities and address the barriers preventing girls from receiving a quality secondary education. The councilors are now resolving administrative issues in schools by establishing school management committees and canvassing door to door to enrol more girls in school.
SYCOP also met with government officials and religious and community leaders in Muzaggargarth to discuss every girl’s right to learn. They encouraged these leaders to improve gender gaps in access to education by building new secondary schools for girls, enforcing the Right to Education laws and extending the constitutional guarantee for free and quality education to 12 years.