IBT – Bahrain Swat, Pakistan Institute for Education and Development

Vision & Mission Statement

IN THE BEAUTIFUL SWAT VALLEY IN THE NORTH WEST OF PAKISTAN the upper mountainous long and narrow valley beyond Madyan town is called Swat-Kohistan (not the Indus Kohistan). This valley is the most beautiful part of Swat and is a cherished destination of the tourists. The valley is about half of Swat district in area but in terms of population it is one sixth of the whole district.

The valley, Swat-Kohistan is abundantly blessed with natural resources with lush green pastures, azure lakes and snow packed peaks. Here lie the Koshen (Mankiyal peak) and Falak Sair. The Makiyal Peak is seen from Brikot of the lower Swat and it also can be sighted from the Qila Balahisar in Peshawar in clear weather.

The valley starts from Madyan and ends with the Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan in north east, with Khandiya valley in Indus Kohistan in the east; with Chitral and Upper Dir in the northwest. Bahrain and Kalam along with the gateway, Madyan, are the main towns. These three towns are visited by tourists in thousands in summer.

The valley has sub-valleys, too. Among them the most famous are Chail valley falling in Madayn, Daral Valley falling in Bahrain, Badi Valley falling in Mankiyal, Ushu Valley falling in Kalam and Ladu Valley falling in Utror. All these valleys have fairy lakes at the tops. The Daral Dand (Lake) in Daral Valley, Bishigram Dand in Chail Valley, a number of lakes in the Badi Valley; the famous lake Mahu Dand in Ushu Valley and the Kandol Lake in the Ladu Valley are some of the many undiscovered ones.

Ethnically Swat-Kohistan is home to four major language communities namely Torwali, Gauri, Gujar and Pushtun. Torwali community is in majority and inhabits most of the area from Madyan up to the border of Kalam in Peshmal; and also the Chail Valley to the east of Madyan town. Gauri is the next with its centers Kalam and Utror while Gujars also scattered over the whole area in hemlets. Pushtun community lives in Madyan.

Swat-Kohistan yields the precious Deodar timber along with other forests in abundance. Besides forest the area is also famous for its cash crops such as potato, pea, cabbages and bean. Walnut is another product of the area.

BUT as equally as it is blessed with natural beauty and natural resources Swat-Kohistan is the victim of perpetual negligence; and consequently the worst victim of acute poverty and ignorance. The main sources of livelihood here are agriculture, forests and tourism. Agriculture here is less than enough while forests are in decline and tourism deplorable owing to the overall law and security situation of the Swat Valley. The scarcity of livelihood sources is the main cause of about 30 % and 50 % permanent and seasonal migration from the area.

Education situation in Swat-Kohistan is virtually non-existing. The literacy rate in male is hardly 12 % while it is below 02% in female. The people are not organized well because of poverty and ignorance.

Owing to the prevailing dismal situation and the state negligence Swat-Kohistan needed an organization which would seek sustainable development of the whole area working alongside the community. This was the urge behind the youth who organized themselves on the platform of IBT.

IBT was established in January 2007 by the awakened youth of Bahrain in order to strive for a clean, pluralistic, peaceful and developed Swat.

Its primary focus is education but aware of the mesh of the problems Swat particularly the upper Valley face IBT broadened its scope and encompassed all areas of development in its portfolio.

IBT is a nonprofit non-governmental non-partisan organization registered with the Government of Pakistan under the Societies Act 1860. .