Zindagi Trust

Our mission is two-part: 1) To provide non-formal primary education through a creative, well-designed curriculum to Pakistan's underprivileged working children, thus empowering them to become responsible citizens as well as readying them for vocational or secondary education. 2) To assist the Government of Pakistan in reforming state schools and curricula so as to bring them at par with the challenges of present time, so that the majority of the country's youth that studies in them can get an equal opportunity at a bright future.
Dec 27, 2012

A walkthrough of our Breakfast Programme

"We drink milk so we can grow big"
"We drink milk so we can grow big"

Happy Holidays!

Saba Naz, a sports teacher who was one of the first on our staff to own the Breakfast Program, presents a walkthrough of the early-morning activity in the Kindergarten Section this past week. 

Here she greets the bright, young children in our Kindergarten section as they get seated in the breakfast room and talks to them about how they start their day in school:

Kindergarten Students get seated in the Breakfast Room from Zindagi Trust on Vimeo.

 

Saba watches our teachers lay out milk and cookies for the students assembled in the breakfast room: 

Milk for Kindergarten Students from Zindagi Trust on Vimeo.

 

Saba talks to Mariam, a kindergarten student, about what she eats for breakfast at the school and why she thinks milk is important for kids like her who are growing up:

 

Mariam from kindergarten talks to us about breakfast from Zindagi Trust on Vimeo.

 

Thank you for your support and do let us know what you think of this month's video updates!

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Dec 12, 2012

Inspiration from an eighth-grade student

Sewing and tailoring from home
Sewing and tailoring from home

Motivated & focused are the first two words I would use to describe 14-year-old Alisha. Her father, Shahid, is an electrician who makes a meager Rs. 8,500 a month which does not come close to fulfilling the needs of Alisha, her three sisters and four brothers.

 

From an early age, Alisha had to work to supplement her household income, working as a tailor from home. Instead of skipping school for work, she joined Zindagi Trust’s Manzoor Colony school for working children to complete an accelerated primary education course. She had a keen interest in her studies and always ended up in the “High Achievers” list of students who topped their grades. Eager to learn and grow in every way, Alisha never missed an opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities either.

 

As a top graduate of our Paid to Learn primary education programme for working children, Alisha qualified for our Secondary Education Scholarship through which she was placed in Nimra Academy Secondary School and guaranteed a fully-paid ride through her high school graduation.

 

Now in the 8th grade at Nimra Academy, she has settled in remarkably well in the mainstream private school, given her only previous educational background was a non-formal primary education programme for working children. A position holder during her primary education course, she has lived up to her potential in her secondary education too, bagging the 2nd position in her Class at Nimra Academy for two years running. More details on her academic progress can be seen in the annual report attached.

 

Alisha is thankful to Zindagi Trust for sponsoring her education, something she has learned to value a great deal. Her family is very supportive of her studies and she continues to work from home, stitching clothes and doing embroidery. Alisha is very close to her three sisters and four brothers, and terms them an inspiration to her life. She truly treasures the bond she shares with her siblings and contributes the Rs. 50 she makes from her work every day towards their education.

 

As she makes her journey beyond the possible, she does so with hope that all things are possible. It is Alisha’s hope & belief that in future her dream would become reality, where she sees herself as a doctor.

 

Detailed Result:                                                

6th grade: 2nd position, 76% marks with 97% attendance

7th grade: 2nd position 82% marks with 99% attendance

Alisha makes 50 Rupees a day sewing clothes
Alisha makes 50 Rupees a day sewing clothes
Helping her mother with household chores
Helping her mother with household chores
In her school uniform, best part of her day!
In her school uniform, best part of her day!
Alisha in the classroom
Alisha in the classroom
Academic Report Card
Academic Report Card
Another Academic Report Card
Another Academic Report Card

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Nov 13, 2012

Graduation, Quiz Competitions and Picnics

Top position holders & graduates with their awards
Top position holders & graduates with their awards

Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s been going on at our schools for children forced into labour: End of Term, Graduation and Award Ceremonies, Independence Day Celebrations, Field Trips to the Museum and Picnics at the Park.

 

The results for the April-August academic term were announced on Results Day, with students being promoted to their next classes and final-term students graduating from the programme. A total of 240 students graduated from the primary education programme and 370 new students were admitted to schools across the country.

 

The students did well with an overall internal rating of GOOD and an impressive 49% of students scoring an A or A+ overall.  45 of the top graduates were placed in a variety of private and government secondary schools where they will continue their education with our sponsorship. Parents were specially invited to the Results Day and given information on this programme to sponsor the secondary education of the top graduates. Not only were prizes and stipends awarded to the position holders and the successful graduates, but the children got a chance to express and enjoy themselves by putting on various performances in acting, recital and singing.

 

Our schools marked Independence Day with flag hoisting ceremonies, decorations, and the singing of the anthem and other local songs. This year, a Quiz Competition was also added to the celebrations to get the children excited about reinforcing their knowledge of national history.

 

Finally, this past quarter ended with a trip to the museum and a picnic at the park. The children enjoyed the change of scenery and a day full of outdoor games, park rides, hearty snacks as well as free-spirited learning by seeing. These purely recreational activity days provide an essential outlet for the development that comes from social relaxation which a child labourer’s schedule does not allow.

 

Thank you for reading and for your continued support. Please consider donating to Zindagi Trust to support our programs for these wonderful, bright children living and working in the slums of urban Pakistan. Have a happy day!

I-Day Quiz Contest - the little girl in blue won!
I-Day Quiz Contest - the little girl in blue won!
Children play an outdoor game at the school picnic
Children play an outdoor game at the school picnic
Children pose by a jet at the museum
Children pose by a jet at the museum

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