Education has been provided for the purpose of human capital formation and human resource development by societies for centuries. Human capital is termed as the abilities, knowledge learned through education, improved capabilities of individuals, and promise for livelihood earnings to people. Education has the potential to increase the productive ability of individuals.
The major obstacles in the education system of Pakistan are low enrollment ratio, poverty-driven out-of-school children, higher dropout ratios, and some of the teaching quality issues in most of the rural areas of Pakistan. The national literacy rate in 1981 was 25.73 percent and is currently reported 62.3 percent by the end of the year, 2021. Therefore, a comprehensive strategy is of dire need to strengthen the education system of Pakistan
Pakistan’s official education statistics 2018-19 clearly show a high dropout rate of students after grade five which follows till matriculation that has a pass rate of just 70 percent compared to the more than 85 percent in India. The main reasons for the dropout and declining pass rate have been attributed to: a substandard education system; deficiency of well-trained teaching staff; cultural and religious causes; the affordability factor; and geographical reasons/ access/lack of schools.
Pakistan lacks the physical infrastructure, equipment and abilities to retain students and high-quality teachers in public schools. More than that, with the coronavirus, we saw the fragility of Pakistan’s education system. This presents us with a unique opportunity of implementing a hybrid model of education by balancing online and face-to-face education. ‘If kids can’t come to school, let’s bring the school to them’ – this initiative will increase access to education and make it easier for families to educate their children in an affordable manner. This is a great time to initiate this project because there are currently over 160 million smartphone users in Pakistan and by partnering up with telecom providers for free internet data, we can make online education a reality.
Remote learning is also challenging for children with disabilities and girls. Students also had to drop out due to financial losses during the pandemic. Pakistan's economy was hit hard by the pandemic.
Nearly 11 million boys and 9 million girls are enrolled at the primary level and this drops to 3.6 million boys and 2.8 million girls at the lower secondary level.
During the COVID19 Pandemic, NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial Hospital tirelessly worked on the construction and are eyeing to complete the project which is taking more time than usual due to lack of funds.
With the challenges mentioned above, NUR Foundation started its schools in the year 1996 and since then, it has not only taken 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. 1,740,000 = USD 10,000
Computer Lab: Rs. 609,000 = USD 3,500
Science Lab: Rs. 391,500 = USD 2.250
Library: Rs. 565,500 = USD 3,250
Play Area: Rs. 226,200 = USD 1,300
Cafeteria: Rs. 112,230 = USD 645
Mosque: Rs. 226,200 = USD 1,300
Conference Room: Rs. 168,780 = USD 970
Principal Office: Rs. 226,200 = USD 1,300
Boundary Wall: Rs. 297,540 = USD 1,710
Your support will go a long way and help us build this college building so that we can provide education to the needy and the most deserving.