Fellow Since 1999
Makhi Welfare Association
This profile was prepared when Abdul Majeed Mangrio was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
In an environment where herdsmen receive zero government services and can expect the same indefinite treatment, Abdul Majeed has found a way to educate tribal people. He has created a network of locally owned and operated primary schools where students use the government designed curriculum and routinely score better on government end-of-year tests than do students in formal schools. What is most significant, Abdul Majeed accomplishes this with teachers who begin with no better than a fifth grade education.The key insight of Abdul Majeed's approach is that he couples education of children with education of the teachers, supplying a correspondence type course of study to the teachers through his organization. So, a teacher with a fifth grade education teaching third grade is simultaneously studying at the sixth grade level with the help of Abdul Majeed's organization.The community supports the teacher, who commits to teaching three hours a day for six days each week. The teacher, who is also tends herds, is paid in sheep or goats, depending on the community's livestock. Abdul Majeed supplies textbooks, monthly consultations with the teachers, and develops a course of study for the teacher.