Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of a digital and globalised world in profound ways. This pandemic has hit humanity like a thunderbolt and the international community is still scrambling to contain the spread of this deadly virus. It has wreaked havoc in both developed and developing world indiscriminately and laid bare the dysfunctional governance systems that were ill-prepared to provide an effective response to this transnational pandemic. The pandemic has, no doubt, disrupted the economic, political and social world order and put the modernization theory of civilization advancement to rest.
Educational infrastructure is badly shaken in the wake of this pandemic and UNESCO reported that nationwide closures have impacted 89% of the world’s student population. Developed countries have robust technological infrastructures and have switched to digital platforms in order to cope with the evolving situation.
Students belonging to the poverty stricken areas are worse off when it comes to accessing education owing to lack of facilities.
Around 48 per cent of schools in the country do not have toilets, boundary walls, electricity and drinking water while Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa (K-P) are ahead of the other two provinces – Sindh and Balochistan – on various educational parameters.
It has been revealed in the annual Pakistan District Education Rankings, which covered all 151 districts in the country to assess their education scores – based on levels of enrolment, retention, learning, gender parity and school facilities.
According to the report issued on Tuesday, the top 22 districts are all from Punjab with the K-P’s District Mardan breaking in at the 23rd rank. FR Lakki Marwat stands on the bottom-most rung with 146th rank.
A new index for school completeness shows that only 52% of all government schools in the country have all four facilities – toilets, boundary walls, running electricity and drinking water. Only 24 of the 146 ranked districts scored more than 90 in school infrastructure score.
It also shows that a whopping 81% of all government schools are primary schools which imply that after the primary education, children in the country have limited opportunities to continue their education.
The biggest challenge is to provide these children access to higher education for which the infrastructure in poverty stricken areas is pathetic. NUR Foundation has taken an initiative of building a college in such areas.
With the challenges mentioned above, NUR Foundation started its schools in the year 1996 and since then, it has not only took 18000 children out of the dark holes of illiteracy but also helped them in attaining jobs to earn a respectable living. However, the current schools are not sufficient to cater to the needs of the rising number of students. Hence, in pursuit of its mission of providing free education to the underprivileged in Malikpur, NUR Foundation has started the project of constructing a College building for them. In order to finance the building, generous donations from our esteemed donors are necessary.
Given below is the breakdown of the funds that we require to start the college:
Furniture: Rs. 1,540,000 = USD 10,000
Computer Lab: Rs. 550,000 = USD 3,500
Science Lab: Rs. 350,000 = USD 2.250
Library: Rs. 500,000 = USD 3,250
Play Area: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Cafeteria: Rs. 100,000 = USD 645
Mosque: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Conference Room: Rs. 150,000 = USD 970
Principal Office: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Boundary Wall: Rs. 2,700,000 = USD 1,710
Guard Cabin: Rs. 30,000 = USD 200
We at NUR Foundation, request our esteemed donors to donate with a generous heart for this noble cause and help us in making this fortress of education.