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Sep 29, 2017

Bicycles for Girls' Education

Asma inaugrating the bicycle project
Asma inaugrating the bicycle project

The girls at Khoj School for Community Education were in a state of euphoria. I had never seen them so excited, energized and happy before. It was a day of personal freedom that could open and augment countless opportunities for self-actualization.

On 27th September 2017, Khoj-Society for People’s Education made a humble beginning by making two bicycles available to the girls of Khoj School for Community Education situated in village Thathi Bhanguaan in the province of Punjab in Pakistan. Girls come from eight villages to the school whose mobility is restricted and there are many girls who wish to study but cannot do that because there is nobody to pick and drop them from their homes to schools and back.

The bicycle project also aims at improving girls’ self-image and self-belief that they are capable of doing everything which boys can do and they can also perform even better if they strive to do that.

The project was inaugurated by the once national champion of table tennis Asma who is a great source of inspiration, especially for girls.

The girls were asked to try and master the art of cycling. They were told there is nothing wrong in faltering and falling but if one has self-belief one will emerge victorious overcoming all the hurdles. It was great fun watching struggling, failing, trying, helping each other, improving, anxiously waiting for another turn. Not all girls got the permission to cycle in the villages but there was no bar on them to learn how to cycle.

They are expected to be the road in a week’s time and we are very confident that this would open countless avenues of fulfilling their dreams of ‘if I were a sparrow……..’- a story they wrote recently. Each story was full of boundless imagination and dreams that also reflected the restrictions they live with.

Offering a vehicle of empowerment, self-dependence and self-actualization was our dream at Khoj. We are so grateful to our supporters and donors who are helping us making our dreams a reality. For this initiative, we are grateful especially to Shoes by Shaherazad at www.shaherazad.com.

We know just two cycles are not enough but we are confident that your continued support will help us achieve many milestones.

Stepping out of the school gate
Stepping out of the school gate
Enjoying themselves
Enjoying themselves
Struggling
Struggling
Improving
Improving
Feeling confident
Feeling confident
Aug 28, 2017

From Oblivion to Leadership

Farzana speaking at International Youth Day event
Farzana speaking at International Youth Day event

Farzana, a student of grade 9 at Khoj School for Community Education, represented youth and their problems in the rural areas at the International Youth Day organized by Bargad Organization for Youth Development on 12th August 2017. As International Youth Day was just two days ahead of the Independence Day, the event was planned to celebrate both days.

Coming from a tiny village of Denuwala and speaking in front of an audience in the metropolitan city of Lahore was no ordinary feat and was a huge leap forward for once a very docile, under-confident and poorly performing Farzana.

Khoj School for Community Education offers opportunities and environment that helps children actualize their potential. Gender equality and gender equity are an integral part of Khoj curriculum. Participation in the International Youth Day and the appreciation that was showered upon her has done wonders to her self-image.

Farzana has become a role model and a source of inspiration for other children how one can emerge from oblivion to leadership.

Fourteen other girls and boys from the school also participated in the event. The exposure to the outside world, we believe, is much more educating than the books. Such exposure trips always fill the children with energy; they are full of new ideas and get encouraged to prove themselves.

The School is making an impact because YOU SUPPORTED GENEROUSLY! Your continued support is absolutely vital to keep Farzana and 150 children getting an education that is bringing about real, positive change.

Children registering for the event
Children registering for the event
Jun 27, 2017

Drop Outs Receiving Fast Track Quality Education

Making a Vacuum Cleaner
Making a Vacuum Cleaner

Khoj continues to make a difference in one of the most neglected areas of Pakistan through its school - Khoj School for Community Education, village Thathi Bhanguaan in Pakistan. 

Hina and her classmates belong to a group of 15 drop-out adolescent children in the age bracket of 12-15.  They joined Khoj school as grade1 students. They took advantage of Khoj fast track method and has been promoted to grade 7 in 2 and a  half years. In the next two years, they would be prepared to appear in grade 10 examination. If there was no Khoj School they would have no opportunity to reach this level.

 
They are gaining new knowledge and learning new tools through doing and undoing about problems and challenges they face in life. In a hub of criminals, they are learning about citizenship through community service, social forestry, save our earth campaign and many other such engaging positive activities. 
 
Girls are getting unimaginable opportunities to actualize their potential and boys are being weaned from antisocial mindset and activities. Khoj School for community Education is the only place to offer them such platform to become thinking and contributing citizens. 

The School is making an impact because YOU SUPPORTED GENEROUSLY! Your continued support is absolutely vital to keep Hina and 150 children getting an education that is bringing about real, positive change. 
In Organic School Garden
In Organic School Garden
Making Anemometer
Making Anemometer

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