Sustainable and Holistic ECD Model for Rural Areas of Pakistan: A Case Study of AW-IP Model in Hasis Village

Sajid Ali, Misbah Aman, Shehnaz Joher


Grappling with the challenges in prenatal and post-natal health, antenatal care, nutrition of mothers and children are equally important in upbringing of a strong mind and body besides child care between 3-8 years age. Community based Agah-Walidain (Informed Parents) model takes into account cognitive abilities, social skills, emotional intelligence, ethics, parental engagement, health, nutrition and hygiene by engaging communities in discourse of ECD. The model is specifically designed and developed in Pakistan to address wide array of challenges faced by children, families and communities. The model has potential to be scaled up in rural settings with scarce resources, poor infrastructure and limited access. The family support motivators help the communities to establish conducive environments within homes and villages for holistic development of children. The participation of community based organizations ensures financial sustainability and continuation of Agah-Walidain Programme. This paper assesses the effectiveness and potential of Agah-Walidain model in remote, isolated and marginalized setting of Hasis Village in Gilgit-Baltistan. It also attempts to explore the potential of cost effective community based ECD model for extension to other parts of Pakistan. The integration between different stakeholders and agencies including parents, community members, teachers and other civil society agencies like VO's, WO's, makes the community based programs like AW-IP more sustainable by generating the social capital in terms of cooperation for mutual action to bring in long-term sustainable change.

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