About Us

Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC/BUNYAD), Pakistan

NGO Resource Centre

BUNYAD, an NGO working for the promotion of Literacy & Education, especially of young girls and adolescents , living in rural areas. . BUNYAD , is committed to EFA & SDG’s, as the first step to fight poverty. One Million have been made literate, via Non-Formal Education, Adult Education, Continuing Education , CLC, Formal Education, Mobile Phone Literacy etc. in Punjab, Pakistan, in 14 Districts. Documentation of every activity in the area of Education For All (EFA) is developed, collected and shared , with the Government. to evaluate their programme and to include the suggestions and recommendations in their policies and planning,
Bunyad’s activities have been recognized at the National and International level, having been awarded the following medals and prizes:

  • Communions Medal, UNESCO, Paris, 1998 for innovative work in literacy
  • King Sejong Prize, UNESCO, Paris, 2002 for the best NGO for promotion of literacy
  • Presidential Award of Aizaz-e-Fazilat for literacy promotion, Government of Pakistan, Education Department, 1998
  • Best Provincial NGO Award, 2002, Punjab Commission for Literacy for EFA
  • Aizaz-e-Fazilat, a Presidential award
  • Special Award for Promotion of Literacy, 2001, Pakistan Literacy Commissioner
  • Bunyad’s outstanding work countering child labour has been recognized by the National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD) and the Prime minister of Pakistan bestowed Leadership Award to Usman Bilal, one of the learners at Bunyad Hope Surgical Center Bagwal Awan Sialkot
  • Best Coordination Award was bestowed on Bunyad by UNICEF for its outstanding working in Flood affected areas

Areas of Specialization:

Literacy, Education, Gender issues, Child Labor, Health, Lifelong Learning, Local Resource Mobilization, Material Development, Microcredit, Linkages with Line Departments(Govt) & other Civil Society Organization
One area that Bunyad touched and special for introducing Literacy through mobile phones in Pakistan
User Profile:
Policy makers; Universities; Agencies, small NGO’s; line departments and Public Private Partnership for Education & Literacy

Contact Information
Head Quarter: Opp. Village Theather, Badian Road, Lahore Cantt. Pakistan
Mailing Address: 226–Munir Road, Lahore Cantt.
Phone: (+92–42) 37167720-21
Fax: (+92–42) 37167520
E-mail: hq@bunyad.org.pk, bunyad@brain.net.pk
Website: http://www.bunyad.org.pk

Contact person:
Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman
Riaz Ahmad
Saima Fayyaz

Basic Institutional Data:
Founded in: 1994
Director: Ms. Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman (Vice Chairperson)
Countries Served: Pakistan
Working Languages: English, Urdu

Books and Documents: 25.000 library books and 250+ post literacy titles
Periodicals received p.a.: 40 Multimedia materials: 30
Others: Reports / Data / Research: 700
Teacher Training Manuals along with guide/hand books for staff and facilitators: 10+

Methods of Data Management
Methods of Data Processing
Database Software
SPSS (Data Processing); Accounts Software (AIMS); Micro–credit (Generax Solution) Software
SIS for students and TIS for teachers

Services and Special Activities
Information Services Provided
Bunyad is providing and supporting various services and projects, including the provision of training space; Literacy Through Mobile Phones; the OML project; Community Learning Centres; formal schools; a degree college; training of teachers; Non-Formal Education centers; provision of Non Formal Education to Children Involved in Camel Eaising; Bonded labor and the Worst form of Child labor; early childhood care and development; Micro-credit to female learners; vocational centers; Skill & Livelihood Enhancement Programmes; Literacy Through Mobile Phones, Mobile Libraries, Skype conferencing; Have a core group of trainers. Constructed Training spaces, 1 large, 4 smaller ones.
Bunyad have qualified staff of 1110 including 900 teachers

Publications Produced
BUNYAD published more than 260 titles so far.
Reading material for Adult Education/Continuing Education; guidelines for NFE teachers; guide-lines for social mobilisers; literature on health and hygiene; CD’s on post-literacy; annual up–date; fortnightly newsletter “The Bunyad”; newsletter; Teacher’s Training Manuals; reading corner’s in most centers/ school’s. Mobile Rickshaw library.

Special Activities

  • Micro–credit / small loans to rural women
  • Democratization – rural women to become voters
  • Literacy Through Mobile Phones
  • Utilization of different means of ICT’s for scaling up literacy & education
  • Financial Literacy for rural females
  • Mobile Rickshaw Libraries
  • Female computer centers
  • Kitchen gardening

Networking & Partners

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); ARTC – UNESCO, Aladin-UNESCO,Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE); Community Learning Centres; Ag–Ren; South Asia HDF Network; Child Rights Information Network (CRIN); ICEA, ARNEC,
Adolescent Health Awareness Network at Pakistan; Population Association of Pakistan (PAP); Pak Productive Health Network; Pakistan AIDS Consortium; Punjab Literacy Watch; SWAMP;, District Coordination Council for NGOs (DCCNGO); District Commission for Child Welfare & Development (DCCWD); NPA – CEDAW, Punjab; Dignity; COSS – Council of Social Sciences; LIFE; Ombudsman/ civil society, PPAF, PEF , BECS

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Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

  1. Adult education is not priority agenda of policymakers, no support.
  2. Growing & abject poverty of the rural families.
  3. Women bias although improved but still persists.
  4. Lack of political will to eradicate illiteracy , specially for youth & women.
  5. Culturally / traditionally gender biased society
  6. Lack of institutions and infrastructure for promotion of education and literacy

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

  1. Empowerment of rural families through literacy, vocational training, technologies and small loans (micro–credit)
  2. Awareness campaigns to organize the rural population, to demand their rights eg messages via the mobile phone.
  3. Creating pressure groups to cultivate an “Education as a right” perspective in all the political leadership

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

  1. To coordinate efforts for the social development of the society
  2. To provide mutual strength by exchange of ideas and practices
  3. To pool up the resources and avoid duplicity
  4. To share expertise, at regional level.
  5. Cooperation / partnerships / linkages