Surf Excel presented world’s largest Design For Change School Contest all across the globe over 50,000 schools. Last year it was initiated in India and was applauded the world over to a great extent. This year 25 countries participated in the contest (list of countries) and Pakistan was one of these. The contest was geared primarily towards students from classes 3-8 (8 to 13 years old) and induced Pakistani children to spread “I Can” philosophy amongst young generation in Pakistan to solve the world's greatest challenges.
About ContestThe contest timeline was from August, 2010 to October, 2010. Children were encouraged to visualize solutions to the problems that they face and execute them. It was 4 steps process; Feel-Imagine-Do and Share (Detail). Through this contest children got the exposure to sharpen up their creative and problem solving skills that each child possesses and is very crucial to nurture early childhood education.
Zindagi Trust Paid-to-learn Schools Win Three PrizesFrom Pakistan 200 schools participated in the contest. (list of schools) Three Zindagi Trust PTL schools children across Pakistan at large tackled issues related to their own context and showed their commitment to change Pakistan and won; Jinnah Prize, Quickest Impact and Most Environmentally Friendly prizes among the seven categories.(categories detail). Zindagi Trust is proud of its students who proved that they will be among the leaders who are trying to bring change in Pakistan.
ResultsSurf Excel team received 200 entries from all over Pakistan. Out of 200 entries 35 were declared winners. It was a very difficult task for the jury to group thirty five winning projects for this year’s Design for Change Pakistan contest by category. (Jury Profile)
Updates from the Field
Third batch of graduates of Paid-to-learn schools are now in Zindagi Trust’s cooperative private and government schools across Pakistan. Monitoring of the progress shows that all students are regular and their academic performance is satisfactory. One student named Arjun Maseh, who is studying in one of the north schools secured 1st position in his class. The school has acknowledged his performance through a letter of appreciation to Arjun. Zindagi Trust and its supporters are proud of their students, who are showing good academic results. Zindagi Trust thanks its supporters because without their support it would not be possible to make difference in the lives of working children of Pakistan. Though it is a first step on the road to Mainstream Secondary Education but Zindagi Trust is confident that with motivation to work and dedication to do it right, desired results will continue to come our way. Once again thanks to all our supporters & well-wishers.
About Arjun Maseeh
Arjun Maseeh and his five brothers and two sisters barely fit into what their poor father rents for their residence in Chah Sultan, RawalPindi. The daily wages that all the children and the father earn can hardly suffice to pay for the food and the utilities; hence education was never an option. Prior to joining Zindagi Trust School his future plan was to become a mechanic in years to come, but now he thinks that if he could continue his studies with the same zeal and enthusiasm, he would become a mechanical engineer. He is a determined young kid and believes that nothing is impossible. He is of the opinion that with hard work and Zindagi Trust’s support for his studies he would be able to achieve his aim of life. Right now he only wants to focus on his studies.
Ms. Zubaida Tabbasum is his class teacher. She says about Arjun Maseeh that he is a confident & a bright student who gives his best in all classroom activities. His rapport with teachers and his class fellows is very good.
First of all, thanks to all our well-wishers who supported us to continue the Breakfast Program. This is just to remind that breakfast program caters the need of 220 children studying in KG-1 & KG-2. It would be heartening to know that we have successfully completed one year of providing breakfast with healthy and nutritious menu. Addition in menu includes items like soup, egg & butter sandwich & noodles. Last year KG-2 children (110) were promoted to grade-1For the academic year 2010-2011 a major intake is in KG-1 where 110 children started their studies. To show extensive care for children a dining hall has been constructed with new furniture for the kids. It started functioning from August’10. The dining hall & furniture provide the right kind of ambiance during breakfast service. Zindagi Trust again thanks all our donors for being so supportive towards our endeavors in promoting healthy practices in education of young children.