Case Study: Creating Healing Schools in the Earthquake-Affected Areas of Pakistan
IRC Pakistan, along with partners, implemented an educational support project in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan. Through various forms of teacher support and development, as well as educational policy management and administration activities, the "RISE" project ("Revitalizing, Innovating, Strengthening Education") is conveying a strong message about the need for "Healing Schools." This message fits well with the Government of Pakistan's overall objective to "build back better" after the devastating earthquake. This approach acknowledges that in the past, schools in Pakistan may not have promoted the well-being of students. There may, in fact, have been places in which severe forms of verbal and physical punishment were used on a regular basis – where children had virtually no opportunity to have a say in any of the school activities or decisions. In the post-earthquake period, the Government of Pakistan supports the concept that all schools should become places in which children can be helped to heal and thrive.