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.
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.
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.
The project of Main Stream Secondary Education was initiated in April 2010 and has successfully completed one year. It was possible because of the support of our donors. In this regard Zindagi Trust’s deepest gratitude to its donors, well wishers and supporters who are providing magnificent support to Zindagi Trust students to continue their studies. All students have been promoted to grade 7 and have started their studies in their respective schools. Regional teams paid all schools expenses and supported students in purchasing school course books and uniforms.
This year 60 Zindagi Trust (ZT) primary graduated students out of 300 will get admission in ZT cooperative Private and Government schools across Pakistan for the year 2011-2012. These graduates have shown interest and have met the criteria of studying in grade 6.
This update will special highlight the academic progress of Khanzeb, studying in Nimra Academy Primary and Secondary School, Karachi. He has passed grade 6 with flying colors. He has secured 2nd position in his class. Khanzeb is talented, hard working and aspires to be an engineer. Well done! Khanzeb, Zindagi Trust is proud of you.
Apart from the position holders, remaining Zindagi Trust students’ academic performance for the year 2010-2011 has been rated ‘B’ which is considered very good. Great! Keep it up.
Once again Thank You! all our supporters.
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