BUNYD LITERACY COMMUNITY COUNCIL - BLCC
About BLCC Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) is a Non-governmental, non-political and non-profit NGO founded in 1994 by a group of like-minded persons who wanted to make a difference in alleviating poverty and empowering the people through literacy. Conceived first as a project involving networking of NGO for the promotion of literacy in Hafizabad district, the program led to the realization of the critical issues of non-attendance of formal schools by girls, the need for quality education as an essential ingredient in assisting the country to reach the EFA (Education for all) goal. Bunyad sought to deliver education to girls in the rural areas through non-Formal methodology and developed a non-formal education project. The schools established under the project were known as ILM NFPE centres and were supported by UNICEF starting with literacy and education in one district Bunyad has gradually expanded both in geographical areas of operation as well as the field of its activities. It is presently active in 18 districts of the province of Punjab and particularly in more than 2000 villages and its programs, in addition to literacy and non-formal education, include projects in such diverse fields as child labour, women empowerment for poverty alleviation, saving and micro credit community development, integrated farming and sanitation, health, reproductive health and environment. Bunyad has been working in approximately 5000 villages in 500 Union councils on various projects in Pakistan. Bunyad is currently working on a large number of projects including social protection program to combat child labour in surgical instruments, carpet weaving industries and soccer ball. Programs raising awareness on child rights and advocacy aimed at elimination of child labour from hazardous occupation are being implemented in Sialkot, Multan and Shiekhupura. The rehabilitation of camel jockeys in Rahim Yar Khan is also a major project of Bunyad. It has touched about 20 Districts. Women’s economic & social empowerment is a major goal of Bunyad’s projects. Bunyad works with women through the formation of groups, providing them literacy, skills training and micro credit activities, supported by Federal Ministry of Women’s Development, Khushali Bank and PPAF. Health & employment opportunities are the support programs for women. Hundreds of young women participate in Bunyad’s initiatives as teachers acting as ‘mujahida-ilm’, the harbingers of social change. Emphasizing the need to bring rural women into politics, BUNYAD collaborated with the Election Commission of Pakistan & the UNDP in the Democratization Program. This program educated women about the election processes, the importance of democracy and their duty to vote. By encouraging and facilitating women to make their National Identity cards, Bunyad ensured their participation in the county’s elections. This met with most encouraging results. In addition, Bunyad in collaboration with Punjab Local Government and UNDP initiated the Mushaliat Anjuman-Gender Justice project in 107 Union councils of Bahawalpur. This program gave rural women a chance for getting justice at their door step. Understanding that activities for improving the lives of rural women & children need to be multi-dimensional, Bunyad has an integrated holistic approach in its projects. Combining various in-puts such as Literacy, Micro-Credit, Health, Reproductive Health etc, Bunyad effectively caters to the diverse needs of individuals and communities. Bunyad has an established training and capacity building wing engaged in regular trainings conducted at various project locations. Human resource development is an ongoing activity Bunyad as it emphasizes on the Training of Trainers, capacity building opportunities of communities & partner NGO’s and CBO’s The research and publication unit is involved in printing conscious raising material, research documents, monthly newsletters and booklets for learners who are a part of both the formal and informal education system. The achievements of Bunyad have been recognized at the national, regional and international levels. It has received two UNESCO Awards for outstanding work in the field of literacy and NFE. Bunyad ‘s activities have been recognized as it has been awarded the Comenius Medals in 1998 UNESCO, Paris & was also given the King Sejog Award by UNESCO , Paris . At the national level, Aziz e Fazilat, a Presidential award was given to Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman, for her active role in promoting Education in Pakistan. Bunyad envisions a literate, enlightened, tolerant and just society in which all individuals enjoy the rights and opportunities to realize their full potential in striving to attain both individual and collective goals. Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) was registered under Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration & Control) Ordinance, 1961 on 24th January 1994 in Lahore. It was re-registered under The Societies Registration Act 1860 on 09th January, 2006 in Lahore (Reg. No. DDSW-LD/94/973).
Assets of BLCC Institute of Community Education - ICE The Institute is in the process of being constructed on Bunyad's own land, aiming to start trainings on various subjects related to education, capacity building of communities, livestock development, Gender, Child protection and courses on NFE/AE and Primary Education. Audio visual aids, library of over 8,000 books and articles, and experienced Trainers/Facilitators are with us. ARTC -Appeal Resource Training Consortium, an Asian Region network, of which Bunyad is a member, will be the pivot of Technical support. With 58 million illiterates, ICE will go a long way in supporting the Government's initiative to eradicate illiteracy, by building the capacity of various stockholders.
Vision of the BLCC Bunyad envisions a literate, enlightened, tolerant and just society & intends to achieve this by building the capacities of rural families & communities, so they have a better tomorrow. BLCC mission is to empowerment of under privileged, marginalized groups particularly rural women and children through literacy, education Gender Justice & employability and economic to improve their standard of life and to enhance their capacity to be self dependent & to strengthen the social development process in communities through multi- sectoral programmes, targeting the marginalized, especially women and children
BLCC PROVIDES FOLLOWING SERVICES – FOCUS AREAS - -
Special Activities Micro–credit – small loans to rural women Democratization – rural women to be come voters
- Child Labour
- Education & Literacy
- Environment & Sanitation
- Human Resource & Organisational Development
- Micro credit
- Reproductive Health
- Research & Publications
- Women Development & Empowerment
Publications Produced Reading material for adult education; guidelines for NF teachers; guides for social mobilisers; reading material for continuing education; literature on health and hygiene.
Collaboration with Other Organizations Partners - - ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, UNDP, CIDA, ESRA, World Bank, Govt. of Pakistan, Govt. of Punjab, Govt. of District, Local philanthropists, Govt. College University Lahore, Govt. Women College University Lahore.
Contact Bunyad Literacy Community Council BLCC Pakistan Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) 24.5 Km Baidyan Road,Opp. Village Theather, Badian Road, Lahore Cantt. Pakistan Ph: +92 (42) 5600621, 5600692, 27061206 Fax: +92 (42) 5600293, 6661817 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Links for more Info: www.bunyad.org.pk http://www.unic.org.pk/index.php?id=blcc