Sponsoring secondary school for working children

 
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Dilber in his new uniform
Dilber in his new uniform

Hello. This time we bring you the story of Dilber Malik, one of the star graduates from our Paid to Learn primary education programme, juggling work, school and family.

 

Dilber was a brilliant student at Zindagi Trust’s Naseerabad School for working children. He graduated from the primary education programme there with flying colors in 2009. His father Abdul Malik, who had served in the Pakistan army, was martyred in an ambush by terrorists leaving Dilber the only earning member of his family. After his father’s death, he started working in the main fruit and vegetable market of Islamabad to support his family. He makes Rs.5000 a month, most of which goes towards rent and the studies of his 3 younger brothers. Dilber puts in extra time, working late nights in the market to make ends meet.

 

After graduating in the top 10% of his primary education class, Dilber qualified for Zindagi Trust’s programme that sponsors the secondary education of the top graduates.

Through this secondary education support programme, Dilber was placed in the 6th grade at Honey Public School, Naseerabad, Rawalpindi. He is now in the 9th grade, doing well in a mainstream school, with students who don’t have to work to support their families. His teachers are very happy with him - his class teacher told us that he is an intelligent student and is a cooperative group member in the class activities. He has also been appreciated for his regularity & punctuality.

 

Dilber aims to continue his studies and graduate from his first year or college, before joining the service in his father’s footsteps. His favorite subject is English and he loves to play cricket whenever he has some free time.

 

The team at Zindagi Trust believes hard work always pays off and for us Dilber is already a deserved success. We wish him all the best for the future and hope that donors like yourself continue to help us support the continuing education of these bright young minds.

Dilber in class
Dilber in class
Dilber reading
Dilber reading
Kainat at school
Kainat at school

Kainat Amin graduated in the top 10% of the class from Zindagi Trust's primary education programme for working children. As a reward for her great academic performance, Zindagi Trust pledged financial support for Kainat's continuting education. She was placed in the 6th grade at the Government Girls High School of Tench Bhata, Rawalpindi where she continues to flourish sa a student.

A star student at our non-formal school for children forced to work, she has maintained her good academic record at her new school, this time competing well against "regular" children in a mainstream school. She obtained the 4th position in the Annual Examination and was promoted to the 7th grade.

Her teachers are very happy with her. Her class teacher wrote in her monthly student evaluation report that Kainat was a willing and active student who performed well in all class activities. She is doing well at Science and Mathematics and is also a good player of cricket. Kainat is confident that her hard work and eagerness will help her achieve her ambition in life: to serve her people as a doctor.  

Kainat lives with her parents, one brother and three sisters in a humble neighbourhood. Her parents work on daily wages but are striving hard to make their children's dreams come true. Kainat is a practical girl - she realizes her family financial issues and is hopeful for a brighter future. She is thankful and proud of Zindagi Trust for supporting her and many other "Paid to Learn" graduates in achieving their goals in life and becoming better citizens of Pakistan. 

Kainat doing domestic chores
Kainat doing domestic chores
Kainat at work
Kainat at work

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At his workplace
At his workplace

This month's update comes to you from Rashid, a graduate of Zindagi Trust's Paid to Learn primary education programme for working children. Rashid used to be a child who spent all his day at work instead of at school until he joined a Zindagi Trust school providing an accelerated primary education to working children. After graduating in the top of the class in that programme, his complete secondary education at a mainstream school with children who don't have to choose between work and school was sponsored by Zindagi Trust. Here's Rashid in his own words:

 

"Hello everyone! I am Rashid Arshad presently studying in grade 7 at Nimra Academy (Campus II) secondary school. About my family background, my father works in Punjab, my mother does manual work in houses from 8 am to 6 pm & I am at Kabariya (Antique) shop earning daily wages of 50 rupees. My family consists of six members; my parents, two sisters and two brothers including me. Excluding the youngest one, the rest are all school-going children.

 

I joined a Zindagi Trust (ZT) School in 2006. The days of my primary schooling and the support of teachers at Zindagi Trust are the good memories, which will never be wiped off from my memory.

 

I am really thankful to Zindagi Trust that supports students like me to continue their secondary education.  My life in a mainstream school with regular children is totally changed from the previous one. Now I am an early bird and I get up at 5:30 am and reach school at 7:30am. My school starts at 8 am.  When I was studying at the ZT School the timings were the other way round; morning work place and afternoon school. There are three things in my life that I really love, Allah, my family & my education.

 

I want to share a little about my strength that is to adapt easily in any environment and to be a quick learner with a great passion for challenging tasks. I am happy with my mid-term grade report.

 

My spare time activities are to play with my workplace friends, to teach them thrice a week & once a while go to video shop to play games.

 

I’m keen to have my character build up and develop throughout the coming years and I am hopeful for my ambition, which is to become a computer expert.

In class
In class
At home with family
At home with family
Secondary School grade report
Secondary School grade report

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Husna with her family
Husna with her family

Husna Yaseen graduated from our primary education programme for children who are forced to choose work over school. She did so well that she made the cut for top graduates who are selected to be sponsored for secondary education (beyond the 6th grade) in a mainstream school. 

 

At our Lahore region primary school imparting non-formal education to working children, Husna was an eager student and dreamed of becoming a doctor. Upon graduation from the primary programme, she was enrolled in a school of the Hamza Girls School System at Chungi Amar Sidhu, Lahore. This admission was entirely on merit - she performed exceptionally well on their admission criteria and was awarded a seat at the school. This itself was an achievement for Husna, given the vast disparity in her background (socioeconomic status, years of education, standard of education) and that of the average student applying to a private school. 

 

Husna comes from a very humble background. Her father is a poor street vendor who struggles to feed his family of seven (He has two daughters and two sons in addidtion to Husna). Being the eldest of five siblings, Husna bears the additional burden of supporting her mother in housework, but her passion for learning can be gauged from the fact that she still helps to tutor her siblings in her free time.

 

Husna is very serious about her studies and her goals - she is working hard in school today to be able to become a doctor one day. Her committment in the face of adversity is impressive and we wish her all the luck. 

 

We hope to continue to sponsor secondary education for Husna and other star students like her, and we thank our donors for their generous support in making this possible!
Husna at a lesson at school
Husna at a lesson at school
Husna in class
Husna in class
Husna at work to support her household
Husna at work to support her household
Husna studying at home
Husna studying at home

We are very obliged to our donors, supporters and well-wishers from all walks of life, who maintain an interest in supporting our noble cause. With heartfelt gratitude thank to each one of you for extending support to Zindagi Trust projects. Children studying in mainstream secondary education are very grateful for the support that you all are providing them in getting education.

Todays' update will highlight about Irfan & his family. Irfan is a student of grade 6 in a private school of Rawalpindi region.

About Irfan

Irfan is brilliant graduate of Chah Sultan School, run by Zindagi Trust. After his father left his job due to an illness that confined him to his bed, Irfan and his brother started working at a general store to make ends meet. This meant that he could not go to a regular school.

His father was a school teacher before his health rendered him unemployed, yet his interest in education brought Irfan to a Zindagi Trust primary school for working children. Irfan was a keen student in school throughout his time at the school until he graduated in Class 5.

After graduation from Zindagi Trust's non-formal primary education programme, he was placed in a mainstream school called M.C. Boys High School in Millat Colony, Rawalpindi, where he is currently studying in Class 6.

Irfan continues to be a model student and stood 4th in his last exams. All his teachers are very happy with his performance and his attitude. His class teacher says that Irfan is intelligent and punctual, and that his academic performance is seeing a steady improvement. Irfan takes his studies seriously and spends his evenings revising his work with his father. His favourite subject is science and he wants to be a pilot when he grows up.

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