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
Please donate today and change lives.
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.
We would like to thank you for your continuing support and confidence in our work! Your valuable donations have been crucial in helping us make a great difference in over 1700 children’s lives by sharing happiness, light and tranquility.
Your donations helped us arrange following activities for our children:
Your contribution will help in sustaining the education of outreach children of Pakistan. We look forward to fostering this relationship in the future.
“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops” … Henry Adams
Adopt a student program had been initiated by FMH with the aim and hope of brightening the future of children through education. Education will not only provide a stable future for these children but will also contribute to the overall development of our country in the long run. Only an educated community can guarantee a prosperous state. The program is running quite successfully. The upcoming activity of the program involve the refresher trainings of the teachers who are part of this educational program.
Students are enjoying the summer vacations and it’s time for their teachers to have a refresher. Free from the hectic class routines, Anjuman-e-Behbood-e-Niswan Itfal (ABNI), the sister concern of the Fatima Memorial System, taking care of all the educational and medical community services has arranged a refresher course of 4 days for the teachers of ABNI schools located in Malikpur, Lakhodair and Nainsukh, the rural communities around Lahore.
During the course, teachers will be trained for the English reading, writing and speaking skills along with the basic training of IT (computer course). For this purpose, special trainers who have hands on experience in their relevant fields have been arranged.
Such session will enable the teachers to polish their skills set which will be reflected to the students. The aim is to prepare the rural communities to abreast the new upcoming challenges. This is all possible because of the generous support of all the donors and supporters as together we can support the education of underprivileged.
“We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own” ... Ben Sweetland
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