Alight, formerly known as the American Refugee Committee, is an initiative seeking to enable global citizens to take meaningful action to change the world. As its mission, the organisation works with diverse partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. Alight helps people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. The organisation is committed to the delivery of programmes that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people it serves. Alight seeks to create programmes that allow every person who participates a better chance to take control of her/his life.
Over the course of a three-year period, Alight intends to reach and enrol 1,050,000 OOSC in selected districts of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Baluchistan and ICT into formal and non-formal school settings. To realise this goal, the project model is aligned closely with the Government of Pakistan’s National Plan of Action 2013-2016, which emphasises:
- Enrolling OOSC in existing formal schools;
- Enrolling OOSC through the provision of additional classroom space;
- Enrolling OOSC in new non-formal schools; and
- Targeted incentives.
Alight’s project model enlists a two-pronged ‘push/pull’ strategy to guide activities and interventions. The ‘push’ strategy includes engaging directly with government departments and local communities to lead enrolment drives, mobilise parents and devise local initiatives to enrol OOSC. This strategy will be carried out by project staff and government officials, in partnership with target communities. The ‘pull’ strategy, on the other hand, will concentrate on building new schools and classrooms in existing schools; delivering a quality teaching pedagogy; and providing improved learning environments and incentives to students.
For more information about this EAC Implementing Partner, please visit the Alight website.