MUZAFFARGARH - Muzaffargarh is one of the worst flood-affected districts in south Punjab with 2,214 schools, out of which a total of 782 were affected in floods, in which 461 partially affected and 321 were fully affected. The Childrens Global Network Pakistan under Early Recovery Fund (ERF) is implementing a programme titled Creating Child-Friendly Classrooms for Children in more than 200 flood-affected schools in Muzaffargarh and Multan with the funding support from the UNOCHA. The objective of the programme is to support the transformation of education system through refurbishment of the partially damaged schools and implementation of child friendly teaching and learning practices in partially damaged schools in flood-hit areas. The programme is being implemented in collaboration with District Government of Muzaffargarh and Multan CGN-P has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the District Coordination Officers (DCOs) of Multan and Muzaffargarh Districts for implementation of programme activities in these schools. Considering the situation of schools, CGNP found it imperative to work towards improving access to and quality of education services for children in the flood affected districts. CGNPs team visited selected partially damaged schools in Muzaffargarh and Multan districts and reported that school needs white wash, repair/polishing of furniture and fumigation. Besides that most of the schools need repairs to infrastructure (rooms, toilet and boundary walls), repairs of electrical wiring, main gates, floor of rooms, doors and windows, clean drinking water facilities and restoration of sanitation services. The CGNP under the programme has conducted orientation sessions for 45 Education Department officials on the programme implementation, built professional capacities of more than 740 teachers in child centered methodologies, education in emergencies, child protection and child rights, psychosocial support and Disaster Risk reduction. The team conducted orientation sessions for more than 1,100 members of School Councils on their roles and responsibilities to improve their performance, education in emergencies and disaster risk reduction. The organisation has also undertaken sessions with communities on their involvement in education of their children, Health and Hygiene and Disaster Risk reduction. The CGNP is providing consumable stationery supplies to more than 1,000 classrooms of partner schools and has also started repair work in these partially damaged schools. More than 30,000 children of target schools are benefiting from the programme. It is also implementing a similar programme in district Thatta in Sindh. It has created a model of public private partnership to build back better and sustainable post disaster education system. The programme supports the Punjab sector reform programme under the auspices of the Chief Minister and it is in line with the Reforms Road Map. The focus is to provide access to schooling and making learning better for the children and ensuring that retention is sustainable. In this regard parents and communities partner with the school administration. It is a unique model and is planned to replicate it.