About the Project
Alif Laila was established in 1978 to find and implement solutions to the educational challenges facing Pakistan. The project started as a double-decker bus which was converted into Pakistan’s first ever children’s library. Alif Laila is also endeavoring to increase the impact of education through project-based learning. It runs four hobby clubs (arts, crafts, electronics, and computers) which foster critical thinking and life skills in the students. It also conducts teacher-training programs in government schools in order to improve the quality of education. It is developing websites to integrate IT learning into classrooms and publishes quality reading materials for public institutions. It set up a library in a government girls’ school in Sheikupura in partnership with FOSI and a mobile library that caters to diverse communities.
Alif Laila believes that all children deserve access to books and therefore runs a mobile library service which brings books to children who would not otherwise have access to a library.The mobile libraries visit schools, hospitals, disaster zones and low-income neighborhoods to promote a strong reading culture among young people in Pakistan. The impact of this social responsibilty initiative is national, influencing tens of thousands of students annually.