Children are weird creatures, they absorb everything love, sadness, pain, anger and an education.
Today we live in a world filled with despair and desolation with so many moving forward in a state which offers no future promises or a purpose but a life just for the sake of living.
The Community Outreach Program initiated by Fatima Memorial Hospital with is NUR Foundation Schools hopes to provide that purpose to the 1850 children currently studying in the surrounding areas of the metropolis of Lahore.
The current state of education in Pakistan may not be what it should be but we all can play our part in making it better. With your help we hope to sustain and expand our project! So do not hesitate and donate today and bring a smile to a child’s life.
Salma is been with us for almost 8 years and this is what she has to say
“I am 11 years and in class 5th studying at the NUR Foundation School since 2006. I have been here since kindergarten and math is my favourite subject. I just get math :) ” Salma
Please donate today and change lives.
The Importance of Knowledge
We give countless figures and talks about the importance of education, of healthcare, of basic human rights and all the other things that is lacking for the majority on this planet.
It is all true and there is so much that needs to be done that it seems impossible but we can all play our role however small it may be for the betterment of those less fortunate.
The state of education in Pakistan is less than satisfactory with over 25 million children out of school today. Fatima Memorial Hospital initiated its Community Outreach Program to help those within the vicinity of Lahore in 1985 with primary health care services. In 1996 it branched out to education and through the combined efforts of our donors, volunteers and our dedicated team 18,000 bright boys and girls has received primary education since than.
With your help we hope to sustain and expand our project! So do not hesitate and donate today and bring a smile to a child’s life.
My goal is near !
My name is Hajra Wilayat and I am in the last year of my school. I will be sitting for my matriculation examinations soon and will be eligible to apply to colleges. I have been studying at the NUR Foundation School since 2002. It has been ten years and it has been tough to say the least but now I am finally there.
I could have never imagined that I will make it this far, I was six when I was admitted to this school and today I see that my dreams can become reality. I can, if I want and if I work hard can wear that black robe and cap while I hold my college degree. It can all be mine and it will be mine, if I see it through. I will see it through and keep on going.
This is my goal and I will achieve it.
Not one of us can deny the importance of an education – it is the right of every human being to have an education and to understand what he or she capable of and giving them the chance to be a productive member of society.
The state of education is less than satisfactory in Pakistan with only a 58 percent literacy rate and with over 25 million children out of school, the second highest in the world. Today, 1 in 10 children out of school is a Pakistan.
Looking at the deplorable state of affairs Fatima Memorial Hospital initiated its outreach program in 1985 to provide basic health care. In 1996 it was expanded into education with the formation of schools. Today we are proud to say over 18000 children have completed their schooling through these schools in the outreach areas of Lahore with many studying further to achieve their dreams.
Currently 1850 children are studying in our school and with your help we want to induct more children who need to be educated. We are playing our humble role in educating our generation and with your help we hope to expand our reach.
“I might be young but I have dreams”
Hello, my name is Alishba Anwar and I am class 2. I have been studying in the NUR schools since 2009. I like coming to school and I am good in maths but my writing needs more practice.
I am not sure what I want to be in the future; maybe a doctor or a teacher. I like to draw so maybe an artist but one thing I am sure of is that I will finish school
Education plays a vital role in human capital formation. It raises an individual’s productivity and efficiency, consequently producing skilled manpower that is capable of leading the path to sustainable economic development. Currently Pakistan’s literacy rate is ranked at 113th among 120 nations[i] which has hampered growth in all sectors of society.
Several factors have been identified as responsible for the education problems plaguing Pakistan. These include insufficient funding, lack of adequate implementation programs and teaching methods. This has in turn led to Pakistan showing one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.
Education is a fundamental human right and through the support of our donors in this quarter Fatima Memorial Hospital continues to spread this light amongst those who were deprived of this in the peri-urban areas of Lahore.
Recent glimpses of non-formal educational activities are available with this report
The support of our patrons has made it possible for us to educate over 18,000 children in Pakistan. Today, we request that you come forward and become a part of this initiative through your donations to educate, empower and to create a better future.
[i] Business Recorder,Global Literacy rate, Posted by Imaduddin on Wednesday, 24 October, 2012,http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/87662-global-literacy-rate-pakistan-ranks-113th-among-120-nations-.html, Accessed on March, 2013.
Nabeela, now 17, is the fruit of endless efforts and hard work of Fatima Memorial Hospital’s Community Outreach Schools for Underprivileged.
Entering the School at Lakhoder as a young student herself, she successfully completed her matriculation from this school with the support of Fatima Memorial Hospital and Donors like you.
Currently she is teaching the students of Class 1 and 2, while pursuing higher education.
She recently underwent a Training of Trainers in a workshop titled, ‘Creating A Happy Classroom’. She was one of the top three Trainers chosen after a presentation in front of a panel of senior academicians.
Her single biggest achievement as she puts it is, ‘Being on the giving end of the rope’.
She knows what it is like to be at the receiving end. She wants to make that experience as memorable, long-lasting and life-altering for her students as it was for her.
She loves the shape of a star, which means so much for a student. Nabeela says, ‘ I remember how earnestly I used to wait for a star on my hand or my notebook. For me it is, to-date, the biggest applaud a teacher can bestow upon her student.’
She further added, ‘Of this workshop, my favourite part was use of star as an incentive. I want to give a star to every student of mine. But I want them to work hard too. I will use different stages of a completed star to tell each student how hard he or she needs to work, to improve and to be awarded a completely formed star.’
‘I am a winner’, she said.
You can help us create more of these stars. Each star like Nabeela will lighten up the sky for hundreds of other Nabeelas, making a change in their lives for better, for good.
In this month of giving, let us all renew our pledge, and help brighten up this world.
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