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Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan

by Fatima Memorial Hospital
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan
Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan

According to a report Pakistan is the lowest among the Asian countries in allocation of fund in its GDP which has never touched the 3% of annual GDP while Mongolia spends 8.5%, Iran 5.4% Maldives 8%, south Korea 4% India 3.7% and Pakistan 2.76% (Ghazi, 2018). Another official reports which was published in 2018 says that 22.84 million between age 5 to 16 are out of schools out of the total 51.33 million that becomes 44% of the total children population. It shows that how pathetic our situation is and we are going to be among the world most illiterate nations in the 21st century.

 

We have seen empty slogans from the government and none of the government since the creation of Pakistan has been committed to bring prosperity and innovation in education system which is the cause of our unprogressive poor nation. We believe in ideas not in practical initiatives. We have not exceeded our GDP more than 2.75% while in 1960 UNESCO conference held in Karachi had suggested to spend at least 4% for education for developing countries. The government schools are in a poor state and such conditions are not at all fruitful for education.

 

When we look at the scenario of physical infrastructure 18% primary schools have one classroom, 26% schools have one teacher 32% schools have no electricity, 22% have no toilets, 21% have no boundary walls 22% have no drinking water and 7% primary schools have no buildings. It indicates the non-seriousness by the government towards the education system.

 

There are many issues which hinder the prosperity and progress of the country and poor education system is one of them. In order to improve the education system, provision of trained teachers, enough budget, enough resources and uniform curriculum needs to be focused.

 

This shocking statistic and the poor state of Education in Pakistan since the very beginning is the very reason that Fatima Memorial Hospital took the initiative of commencing the NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP) in the year 1985. The objective of NCOP is to act as a catalyst of change in order to bring about socio-economic development of the underprivileged communities, via an integrated approach to education, healthcare and economic empowerment.

 

NUR Foundation has been providing education to the underprivileged communities (without any discrimination of age/gender/caste/religion, etc) through its chain of formal and informal schools in underdeveloped and neglected areas of Lahore. Every year, approximately 1800 students pass out from our schools. The current students enrolled in NCOP Schools located in Malikpur/Talwara, Lakhudair, Nainsukh and Gajjumatta total 1476.

 

In addition to this, NUR Foundation has also started the initiative of Adult Literacy Program in which 30 adult females are currently enrolled. The objective of this program is to provide the basic level of education to adult women who have never been to a school before.

The number of students wanting to be enrolled in our schools is rising day by day but the funds to accommodate them are limited. Also, in order to improve the quality of teaching and the overall quality of education, we require funds to train our teachers, construct a college building and develop proper facilities like computer labs and libraries. To provide such resources/facilities to our students, we rely on the generous donations of our esteemed donors. 

Therefore, we request our donors to keep supporting our cause. We once again thank you for your generosity.

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The Economic Survey (2018-2019) revealed the deploring state of education in Pakistan. The government allocated only 2.9% of the country’s GDP (World Bank Statistics) to education (which is the lowest in Asia). As per the UNDP’s Human Development Report 2018, Pakistan’s Human Development Indicator (HDI) value was 0.562 (with 1 being the maximum figure) and Pakistan was ranked 150th out of 189 countries. What adds fuel to the fire is the fact that the educational indicators suggest that Pakistan is the second last in comparison to the other countries in the region (Afghanistan being the last). Moreover, all regional countries have shown improvement in their HDIs except Pakistan.

 

The literacy rate in Pakistan is 62.3% and out of the male population, about 71.6% are literate and out of the female population, 51.8% are literate. In ASER 2018 amongst the 17% out-of- school children (age 6-16 years), 7% were males and 10% were females. The gender gap in education is due to the cultural stigma attached to the education of girls in Pakistan.

 

According to ASER 2018, there are a total of 22.8 million out of school children which is about half the children in Pakistan. This shocking statistic and the poor state of Education in Pakistan since the very beginning is the very reason that Fatima Memorial Hospital took the initiative of commencing the NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP) in the year 1985. The objective of NCOP is to act as a catalyst of change in order to bring about socio-economic development of the underprivileged communities, via an integrated approach to education, healthcare and economic empowerment.

 

NUR Foundation has been providing education to the underprivileged communities (without any discrimination of age/gender/caste/religion, etc) through its chain of formal and informal schools in underdeveloped and neglected areas of Lahore. Every year, approximately 1800 students pass out from our schools. The current students enrolled in NCOP Schools located in Malikpur/Talwara, Lakhudair, Nainsukh and Gajjumatta total 1476.

 

In addition to this, NUR Foundation has also started the initiative of Adult Literacy Program in which 30 adult females are currently enrolled. The objective of this program is to provide the basic level of education to adult women who have never been to a school before.

 

The number of students wanting to be enrolled in our schools is rising day by day but the funds to accommodate them are limited. Also, in order to improve the quality of teaching and the overall quality of education, we require funds to train our teachers, construct a college building and develop proper facilities like computer labs and libraries. To provide such resources/facilities to our students, we rely on the generous donations of our esteemed donors.

 

According to Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Therefore, we request you all to join hands with us and invest in the future of children to take them out of the dark abyss of illiteracy. Thank you!

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There are about 22.6 million out-of-school girls or boys – which makes up around half (44%) of all children in Pakistan. Out of the children enrolled in school, the vast majority receives an education of poor quality. This is because 43% of the government schools lack the basic facilities including furniture, running water, bathrooms, electricity and boundary walls. Also, 21% of the government primary schools are operating with a single teacher while 14% of the schools have a single classroom. 

In addition to this, according to a report by Pakistan Economic Survey (2017-2018), the literacy rate for entire Pakistan (including 10 years old and above) is 58% and statistics collected by Alif Ailaan suggest that there are currently 25.02 million out of school children between the ages of 5 and 16. What is worse is that the proportion of out-of-school children (OOSC) increases as the level of education rises so by the time that the children reach the higher-secondary level, almost 85% are not in school. Also, due to the cultural stigma attached to the education of girls, the literacy rate of females is 48% while that of males is 70%. According to the Human Development Reports, Pakistan is ranked 146th in Education (11 ranks below our neighboring country, India). Moreover, only 2.8% of the country’s GDP is spent on Education (The World Bank Statistics). 

Therefore, there is a dire need of improving the education system in Pakistan and hence, Fatima Memorial System took the initiative of starting the NUR Outreach program in the year 1985 with the aim of acting as a catalyst of change in order to bring about socio-economic development of the underprivileged communities, via an integrated approach to education, healthcare and economic empowerment.

NUR Foundation is providing education to indigent communities (irrespective of age and gender) in the form of formal and informal schools in remote and backward areas of Lahore. Every year, 1850 students pass out from our school and colleges. Furthermore, NUR Foundation has also recently started an Adult Literacy Program in which 25 women are enrolled currently. The purpose of this program is to provide basic level of education to adult women who have never been enrolled in a school before.

In order for us to provide quality education to our children, we need to provide proper training to our teachers; construct a college building; arrange for other educational resources (like books, stationary, furniture, etc) and develop proper facilities (like computer labs and libraries). To cater to the needs of the children at our school and colleges, we rely on the donations of our generous donors.

According to Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “There are two powers in the world, one is the sword and the other is the pen.” And Malala Yousafzai said, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Therefore, we urge our esteemed donors to join hands with NUR foundation in the cause of providing quality education to underprivileged kids irrespective of gender.

Brigham Young was so right in asserting, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Hence, step up, step out and be a ray of hope for generations of children currently living in the dark pits of illiteracy.

Thank you.

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According to a report by Pakistan Economic Survey (2017-2018), the literacy rate for entire Pakistan (including 10 years old and above) is 58% and statistics collected by Alif Ailaan suggest that there are currently 25.02 million out of school children between the ages of 5 and 16.  What is worse is that the proportion of out-of-school children (OOSC) increases as the level of education rises so by the time that the children reach the higher-secondary level, almost 85% are not in school. Also, due to the cultural stigma attached to the education of girls, girls make up more than half of all the out-of-school children. According to the Human Development Reports, Pakistan is ranked 146th in Education (11 ranks below our neighboring country, India). Moreover, only 2.5% of the country’s GDP is spent on Education (Annual Budget 2018-2019).

The above statistics show the dire need of improving the education system in Pakistan and hence, Fatima Memorial System took the initiative of starting the NUR Outreach program in the year 1985 with the aim of acting as a catalyst of change in order to bring about socio-economic development of underprivileged communities, via an integrated approach to education, healthcare and economic empowerment.

NUR Foundation is providing education to indigent communities (irrespective of age and gender) in the form of formal and informal schools in far flung and underdeveloped areas of Lahore. Every year, 1850 students pass out from our school and colleges. In addition to this, NUR Foundation has also recently started an Adult Literacy Program in which currently 20 women are enrolled. The purpose of this program is to provide basic level of education to adult women who have never been enrolled in a school.

In order to provide quality education to our children, we need to construct a college building; provide proper training to our teachers; arrange for other educational resources (like books, stationary, furniture, etc) and develop proper facilities (like computer labs and libraries). To cater to the needs of the children at our school and colleges, we rely on the donations of our generous donors.

Malala Yousafzai said, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Hence, in order to bring about positive change in Pakistan, we urge you all to join hands with NUR Foundation and help us in providing quality education to the underprivileged kids and give them hope for a better and brighter future.

Thank you.

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Education is the only important tool through which we can achieve a brighter future in our life. Unfortunately in Asian and underdeveloped countries the importance of education is mere at large scale. There is still a myth in minds of people that if we educate our children they will forget the respect of everyone in their life and become an ignorant person. They believe that education ruins our life and the only source to spend a happy life is to do work in different places as worker, laborer or as beggar. This issue is most common in rural areas where people bar their children to go to school and get their daughters married at very early age.

There is a need to create awareness among people about education. Many organizations and NGO’s are working towards betterment of society by educating people about the importance of education. Education is the knowledge of putting one's potentials to maximum use. Without education, no one can find the proper right path in this world. This importance of education is for two reasons; Education makes man a right thinker. Without education, no one can think properly in an appropriate context. It tells an individual how to think and how to make decision. The second reason for the importance of education is that only through the attainment of education; a person is enabled to receive information from the external world.

Pakistan’s literacy rate has declined from 60 percent to 58 percent, as revealed by the economic survey of Pakistan. 

The NUR Outreach program has been educating children of all ages since 1985 with a vision to act as a catalyst of change to bring about socio- economic development of under-served communities, through an integrated approach to healthcare, education and economic empowerment.

The vision of Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation is to provide all kind of formal and non-formal education to the students of unprivileged areas where the economic condition of the families is below the line and cannot bear the fees of their children for schooling. NUR Foundation is providing free education to students of those areas. Now after spending 34 years in this social cause NUR foundation laid a base for college students and also providing free education to its Intermediate and graduation students with high results.

This social cause needs a continuous support to provide hassle free education to all our underprivileged students for their shining future. This could not be possible without the support of our valued donors and we want their and your support in order to continue this work for the whole life.

We thank you for being a part of this noble cause and supporting us!

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Fatima Memorial Hospital

Location: Lahore, Punjab - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Arif Kabani
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan

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