Spring Festival, Green Classes, Picnics at the Park & a New Term
We’ve been up to lots of exciting activities at our schools for children forced to pick work over school to support their families: Spring Festivals and urban gardening classes, a day at the cricket, trips to the air force museum, tableaus for Pakistan Day and school picnics at the park!
SPRING FESTIVAL AND GREEN CLASSES
Our students celebrated the arrival of spring by sowing seeds and planting herbs. Teachers walked them through the hands-on activity, providing them with small pots, soil, seeds and spray bottles. They explained the lifecycle of a plant to the children through colourful charts to encourage an interest in gardening. The activity was integrated into the Science and Urdu classes which helped make everyday classroom learning more interactive and relevant. Do check out the attached pictures for the resulting healthy, plants being shown off by the proud students who were thrilled to have successfully grown sunflowers, onions, garlic, mint and coriander. They responded well to the responsibility of "owning" a plant and would get excited just taking turns to water their plants.
PICNIC AT THE PARK
We took our students from all the schools for working children in Rawalpindi to the Lake View Park in Islamabad on the banks of Rawal Dam for a picnic. They felt like they had been let free to have a ball! They spent most of their time in the big play area with rucksacks, slides, a Ferris Wheel and swings.
Most of them had never been to the park before and were delighted just to be surrounded by the natural green beauty, remarkable pottery and famous sculptures. They also got to see electric powered buses, bicycles and cars, while enjoying live music and playing impromptu games of football and cricket. Between the frolic in the play area and lunchtime, the children sat on the sun-soaked grass and relaxed by telling jokes, play-acting, and impromptu speeches, songs and dance.
As most of these students work and live in the slums of a crowded city, getting away for a day and being surrounded by greenery, fresh, unpolluted air and a stunning view of the Rawal Lake proved to be an outing they could not get enough of. We hope to organize more picnics by the park in the future.
The students at our Lahore schools enjoyed a day at the cricket, watching the final of the Pentangular Cup and getting a chance to meet some Test stars.
The students from our Karachi schools saw the latest models of planes and learned about other interesting aeronautical displays on a trip to the air force museum.
Children at our schools across the country celebrated Pakistan Day with tableaus and skits, delivered speeches & quiz competitions to highlight the importance of the movement for independence.
And finally, the NEW TERM begins!
The new academic term for our schools started last month. The academic staff in each school welcomed the returning students as well as the new admissions, all of whom were enthusiastic about the start of the term, especially about getting new books and stationery. The academic teams from across Pakistan reviewed student performance in the previous term. The results from the last term are encouraging, with 97% of the students having passed their classes – falling in the “Very Good” category according to our internal academic assessment. A total of 242 students who graduated successfully and more than 50 of the top graduating students were placed in the 6th grade at various schools though our continuing education support initiative.
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