Natalia joined Zindagi Trust in March 2011. Excluding class 3; she bagged the 1st position every term during her entire primary education at the Zindagi Trust Manzoor Colony School for working children. She graduated in May 2013 at the top of her class and we are pleased to share her stellar record with you.
With the support of Zindagi Trust she continued her education after finishing the non-formal primary education programme for working children. She has been enrolled in Hammad Foundation School, one of the cooperative schools of Zindagi Trust.
Natalia is very much motivated with the work of Zindagi Trust & deeply thanks her teachers for being so supportive during her initial schooling. She pays tribute to her teachers & all those who are associated with Zindagi Trust.
Natalia has a friendly nature and enjoys a good friends’ circle. The secret she shared about her studies is that she studies daily according to her schedule & never wastes time in chatting or watching TV. In her spare time she helps her siblings with their homework. She helps her mother in cooking but is not interested in cooking. She wants to grow up to be a model. She is very much concerned about her studies & wants to be a position holder in her secondary school as well.
Zindagi Trust wishes her all the best for her future!
Student Name: Natalia
Father’s Name: Ejaz Tabbasum
Father Job: Estate Agency
Father Income: Monthly; Rs 12,000
Student’s Job Embroidery
Sibling: Sister 1: Brothers 4
Date of Admission: 21. 3. 2011
School’s Name: Manzoor colony
Natlia's Academic Results:
Class KG 1st Position , Result (99% ) Attendance 79%
Class One 1st Position Result ( 96% ) Attendance 77 %
Class Two 1st Position Result (96%) Attendance 81%
Class Three 2nd Position Result ( 97% ) Attendance 76 %
Class Four 1st Position Result (97%) Attendance 81%
Class Five 1st Position Result (92%) Attendance 71 %
Hello and Happy Spring!
Here's what we've been up to over the last few months:
Planting for Spring
Students in our schools for working children celebrated spring through a Plantation Week of sowing seeds, looking after baby plants, and learning about the ecosystem through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities. This activity is held across our schools every spring to create environmental awareness among children who spend most of their days on the street or at work. The children were motivated through a competition which awarded a special prize to students who looked after their plants best until they flowered.
Shiny New Uniforms
New uniforms and shoes were distributed to all the students of our Peco Road School for Working Children, thanks to a kind donor, Nadia Azam. Family poverty has forced the children frequenting this school into the rigours of working life from a cruelly early age. New, clean clothes and shoes remain an unaffordable luxury for them despite the hard hours they put in at work before and after attending our school. They were delighted at their gifts and conveyed their thanks to the Azam’s by making posters and posing with them for photographs.
Eye Exams and Care
The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT) team conducted training sessions in our schools in Karachi and Lahore for our teachers to learn how to examine students eyes to screen for common eye diseases (such as red eye, cataract, glaucoma, refractive error, Vitamin A deficiency and eye injury). Our trained teachers conducted eye exams in all our schools for working children across Karachi and Lahore and identified 197 students as needing follow-up examination and treatment. Eye doctors from the LRBT visited our schools to examine and treat the pre-screened students who were given prescription eyeglasses, prescriptions for medication or referred to specialists in the LRBT hospitals for further treatment as needed.
Thank you for your continued support which lets us bring these programmes to the working children in Pakistan's urban slums.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s been going on at our schools for children forced into labour:
GRADUATION A total of 234 students graduated from our primary schools for working children in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. Our academic team is striving hard to get the successful graduates admitted into mainstream secondary schools. It is expected that around 200 of these graduates will be placed in a private or public secondary school by the April term.
PARTNERSHIPS We are proud to announce a partnership with SPARC, a non-profit working in the Pirwadahi area of Rawalpindi, where one of our schools (School #8) for working children is located. The good folks at SPARC will help us with an education awareness campaign for the parents of street children forced into labour, in which the parents will be educated about the benefits of sending their children to school. We are hopeful that the new SPARC-Zindagi Trust team will result in a greater number of children being enrolled in our schools for working children in Rawalpindi.
CULTURAL DAYS The schools across the country organized celebrations for Iqbal Day and for Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday, with student performances of poetry, music and speeches to pay homage to Poet of the East as well as to the Father of the Nation.
ART COMPETITION Five of our students from the schools in Rawalpindi participated in an Art Competition featuring students from NGO-run schools from all over the city and did quite well to be recognized. Two of them won top prizes – Javeria and Hisbullah winning the 1st and the 4th prize respectively.
END OF TERM The term ended with a Results and Awards Ceremony in all our schools across Pakistan where academic reports of the students were announced and the top students, teachers and schools recognized. Overall, 97.5% of the students at each level passed their assessments, a result that qualified for the top internal rating of “Very Good,” which was an improvement over the previous term’s assessment of “Good.”
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!
We’ve been up to lots at our schools for children forced to pick work over school to support their families: Workshops on financial literacy, Mother's Day, a clean drinking water drive, mini summer camp and Father's Day.
Last time we sent you an update we had just heard of the student peformance results at the end of the term. Since that report, we held a ceremony where the best students were given awards and a successful term celebrated with student performances of plays and songs.
Our schools observed Environment Day in June, with teachers guiding the students to make and share posters promoting environmental awareness. The themes highlighted were: the importance of a clean environment, using renewable fuel sources, steps preventing contamination of drinking water, etc. This followed up a Clean Drinking Water Drive in May which began with a student-run survey of drinking water access and purification habits of their own households.
A Financial Literacy Workshop on Basic Banking and the Importance of Saving was conducted at our Manzoor Colony School for working children of age 12 and above. The business school students who led the workshop highlighted the importance of saving regularly, suggested ways of saving, explained how a bank account works and shared inspirational stories of success, leaving the students motivated and equipped with the knowledge of how to start changing their lives to be more financially secure.
Students also paid to tribute to their parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day through poems, cards, posters and skits.
Finally, a Mini Summer Camp was organized in July to give the over-worked students a chance to indulge in some Art, Drama and Sports. It was a fun opportunity for these working children to explore and discover their talents in areas which they don't get exposed to unlike students at regular schools.
Thank you for reading and for your continued support. Do check us out on Facebook or twitter for more frequent updates and discussion about our work. Also, please consider Donating to Zindagi Trust to support our programs for these wonderful, bright children in Pakistan. Have a happy day!
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