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Primary Success Stories: Creating a 'garage' school

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Working with minimum resources in Pakistan, a primary teacher shares her story of how she created a garage school for street kids.

In this video, Fehmina from Pakistan explains how her chance encounter with three street kids marked the start of a ‘garage’ school for the poor and disadvantaged. As Fehmina explains, although she started with nothing but a space to teach and learn in, she soon began to create resources from old shoeboxes, calendars and socks to use in vocabulary teaching and storytelling.

Gradually the class transformed from 15–20 children of different ages into a 100-pupil ‘garage school’, with an ever-growing need for more teachers, resources and better facilities. With donations and support the school continued to grow, and some of the students achieved the required level of English to gain admission to government schools.

Reflection and discussion

One of the purposes of these resources is to help you with your own teacher development in related contexts. The questions in task 1 and task 2 are designed for you to think about and discuss with colleagues, either informally or as part of your formal professional development.

Fehmina created simple wipe-clean resources which can be used over and over again, like mini-whiteboards. Have you ever thought about making mini-whiteboards for your learners? What do you think you could use them for?