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Key Achievements & Success of NRDF

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Key Achievements of NRDF

  1. Free Medical CampThe NRDF has been successful to form an effective network of 12,000 Ulama in Pakistan which is supportive of developmental activities in the country. The NRDF staff frequently interacts with them on variety of issues facing the human kind. Efforts are underway to formalize this massive network for the much needed transformation in the country. The network has the representation of all sects and a separate wing of female religious functionaries. The network members have acquired a much better understanding of their role to mobilize local resources, ensure community participation and take part in the awareness raising campaign on vital issues of social importance.
  2. The NRDF efforts has proved that Ulama can be integrated into the main stream and their services can be secured for addressing the grave issues of extremism and militancy provided they are taken into confidence and frequent communication is made with them. The success of NRDF with these traditional groups rests on trust based communication both with female and male seminaries. A new direction to these drivers of change has the potential to do miracle.
  3. The advocacy work of NRDF with top most religious clerics and influential Madaris has proved that common grounds between religious and secular segments still exist. A genuine effort to bring the two sides together for vital causes has the potential for opening a new era of collaboration, working together and peaceful coexistence.
  4. Free Medical Camp
  5. The pioneering work of the organization has explored new dimensions to the community development in Pakistan and has laid down a strong foundation for more comprehensive and specialized efforts. Simultaneously, NRDF has demonstrated the capacity to successfully implement projects involving Ulama in the most demanding circumstances. The Ulama and Development model has proved its utility as a useful, socially acceptable and cost effective way of working with local communities in various sectors. These efforts has also confirmed that the religious institutions can be effectively utilize to organize communities, mobilize local resources, raise awareness and facilitate actions to solve the day-to-day problems.
  6. The research cell of NRDF has prepared 15 booklets containing 120  Kutbat/lessons on current day issues. It involved Ulama, women groups and students and teachers of universities and colleges in its preparation. The write ups highlight the moderate and liberal interpreting of Islam. This religious text can be utilized for promoting moderation, affection and respect for other religions, faiths and sects. The availability of this work to Ulama, civil society organizations and students of school, colleges and Madaris can trigger off meaningful attitudinal changes in the society. Follow up action needs to be taken in this specific area.
  7. The remarkable work of NRDF on Madaris reforms has opened a new arena for follow up actions. NRDF has been successful to bring together leaders of the Madaris for discussion on their system and evolving packages of reforms both for female and male Madaris and developing a manual for incorporating peace and tolerance related lessons in their system. These fields included Madrassa Reform Conference
    1. Broadening the scope of Madaris education through inclusion of worldly subjects in curricula
    2. Teachers training
    3. Improvements in the teaching methodologies and 4) policy reforms in the curricula of Madaris. NRDF has the required ability and know how to build on these experiences.
  8. The female team of NRDF was successful in initiating a number of activities with the most traditional female Ulama and religious institutions thus creating a foundation for future work which is highly commendable in the present circumstances of opposition and controversies. There is a strong need to carry it on in further. The links established will be of immense importance to promote female education and utilize their services to promote gender justice and other vital causes of present day importance.
  9. NRDF has successfully organized hundreds of orientations sessions, capacity building workshops, seminars, conferences, round table meetings, exposure visits with and for female and male Ulama, teachers and students of Madaris with enormous success. This indicates that more can be done to build the capacities of Ulama for bringing them into the main stream and harnessing their usefulness to promote cohesion in the society.
  10. Mother-Child Health SeminarNRDF made significant progress in networking religious institutions with civil society organization. On many fora the Ulama were brought together with people from other developmental organizations, women groups and foreign delegations for discussion on vital issues. These interactions helped both sides to understand each other views in a better way. It also paved the way for their collaboration to a limited extent. Through this work the NGO’s also got an opportunity to meet Ulama and understand the need for involving them into the mainstream of development.
  11. The Ulama were always viewed as risk factor for the entire development program in the country. The NRDF work with them reveals that they are a biggest resource of the country and their services can be effectively utilised to put an end to militancy, extremism and sectarianism and divide.