05.04.2011: In a third world country like Pakistan, education for the youth cannot be compromised in the least. In fact, the aspect of education should be paid particular attention to given its dire importance in the developing world. The disastrous flooding in the summer of 2010 in Pakistan caused widespread damage to over a third of the country. And of course, school premises were included in the list of destruction the flooding caused.
Hence bearing this in mind, Fatima Memorial Hospital – Nur Foundation decided to set up a school in the outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in a locality known as Haibat Mastui. As reported earlier on, the school began operations in November 2010 and was running successfully with over 400 students enrolled for non-formal schooling. But as April began to approach, our team of educational experts from Lahore, embarked on a three day trip to visit the schooling facility in Haibat Mastui on the 27th of March 2011.
The main purpose of this trip can be described as a three-fold process in nature. Firstly, as the academic year for schools in Pakistan begins in April, it was necessary to categorize students their respective grade levels based on their educational ability so the transition from a non-formal to a formal school could be made. Secondly, stationary and books were to be distributed amongst the children in the school. Last but not the least, proper training sessions were to be undertaken with the teachers in order to ensure they could handle various issues within the school.
Written and oral assessments were conducted by the educational experts sent in from Lahore. These tests were based on a variety of topics taught in primary level. Moreover, formal interviews with students were also carried out. On the basis of these tests, approximately 180 plus students were placed into classes on the basis of their competence, age and gender. The students were placed in the following classes: Nursery I & II, Prep I, Class I (two sections) with 1 teacher responsible for each of the aforementioned classes.
With the help of your generous donations, food items such as packets of biscuits and chips, as well as stationary and books were distributed amongst all the children which were all happily accepted. Detailed sessions on a variety of topics were held with the five teachers in charge of the above mentioned sections. Hence, the purpose of the trip was completely fulfilled.
The next trip is planned for end April where monitoring and evaluation of the school will be conducted. Furthermore, there are plans to distribute books and stationary to children as well.
Fatima Memorial Hospital - Nur Foundation is enormously grateful of all the funds we have been receiving. These children are the future of our nation and with your support we will ensure that it is nourished into a sturdy, bright and auspicious tomorrow. Please continue to visit Global Giving in order to receive regular updates about the continued success of this project.
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