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.”
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