A CONCEPT CRUISING FROM COLONIAL TO MODERN ERA

One room school is a school with one classroom where a single teacher teaches academic basics to several grade level. The one room school started in the colonial times with a unique concept of free, nonsectarian public education. It got popularity very soon. It was not only the place children and sometimes immigrants learned but was also a site where social, literary meetings and debates took place. Despite young, not highly educated teachers, children were learning enthusiastically. It was the place where children of all ages learned. It was possible for a farm boy to drop out to work and re-enter school without the embarrassment of being assigned to a beginning class.

Pakistan is far behind from developed countries in education sector. Mainly due to rapid population growth, less number of professional educationists, parental concerns about safety and mobility of their daughters.

Pakistan has inadequate financial resources to build schools and hire professionals and allocated only 2.4% of its GDP for education. 8.3 million Children and young people are out of schools. To cope with the situation introducing a concept of one room school in Pakistan with the blend of local culture and experience learnt from the system used to be the part of developed countries like America, would be a great idea.

One room school can curb the costs because they have less overhead due to small building and minimal staff. Cost aside, there are number of other potential benefits. One room school often mix ages, a practice which provides built in tutorial opportunities for young students, automatic review for the older students, and greater role-model relationship for all. Due to the small size of the school teacher have the potential to know their students better and can craft learning to meet their individual needs. It can create a hub for young and old people and can have a way to take advantage of a wide disparity in a classroom and everyone can learn more, faster and more enjoyable than a traditional classroom of students with the similar abilities.

With the traditional family responsibilities that women, especially housewives, hold in families this schooling concept makes easy for them to empower themselves. They can have a great impact especially on girls` education and to the community as a whole. Traditional societies like in Pakistan, the female teacher encourages some parents to send their children to schools. Girl children can be inspired by their teacher in terms of their dressing habits, mannerisms, presence among men and how they interact.

The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan says,

“The state of Pakistan shall remove illiteracy and provide free and compulsory secondary education within minimum possible period.”

Keeping all the educational sector problems in mind, Dosti Welfare Organization is bridging the literacy gap in the society by initiating some unique educational projects like Dosti Mobile Schools and One Room School. It is highly likely that Pakistan education will ever be repaired unless we think outside of the box.

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