Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan

by Khoj-Society for People's Education
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan
Educate the Most Underserved Children of Pakistan

Pakistan has been badly hit by the third wave of coronavirus with the highest number of daily cases. As a result, the schools were closed down again. 

The school's closure for months in a go has been posing serious challenges in an area where crime is rampant. School children are vulnerable and can be attracted to criminal activity.

On the 24th of May, the government opened the schools, which is just a week ago. After an absence from school for months, children will face adjustment problems. The school management and staff need to take appropriate measures to acclimatize children to the school discipline and refresh their memory.

The country is still in the grip of the deadly virus. We pray and hope that effective measures are taken, and life comes back to normal. No more school closures are required.

We are grateful for your support in the trying times.

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With the second wave of COVID - 19, schools were closed down again.

In the interim period, children were prepared to take the annual examinations due in March 2020. The week they were promoted to next grades the schools were closed again. 

The school has a distance education facility, but children don't have the necessary equipment and connectivity to benefit from online teaching. As space is not an issue, classes can be organised, maintaining the required physical distance and taking the other precautionary measures, but the government doesn't allow it. 

We hope normalcy prevails soon and children are back to school. 

We know the whole world is going through trying times. Still, we are confident that we can count on your support. We wish all of you good health and happiness.

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After a gap of six months, children are back in Khoj School for Community Education on the last day of September 2020. It is going to be a demanding task to refresh children's memory and to engage them in the educational activity after a long gap.

During the closure of schools due to coronavirus, online education could not take place at the school for two reasons. Firstly, most of the children didn't have computers or smartphones to attend classes. Secondly, the equipment of the virtual teaching centre at Khoj School was stolen, which included an LCD and a UPS. The theft made the virtual activity impossible. It was a long, tiring and a daunting police case. The case is still in court. Located in a hub of criminals, Khoj School has been facing such challenges right from the beginning.

During the Pandemic, four teachers left the job, and new teachers were recruited in August. As Khoj School uses an alternative method of learning and teaching, new teachers are always trained thoroughly. In August and September, the teachers - old and new - were introduced in the overall approach and methodology, phonetic method of teaching literacy, teaching science and mathematics through immersion in real-life situations and student-teacher relationship.

It is hoped that coronavirus remains under control and no further school closures take place.

We are grateful to donors whose support made it possible for us to come out of the challenges successfully.

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 Dear Khoj Supporters,

In these trying times we would like to thank you for continuing to support Khoj-Society for People's Education. With the advent and spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan, Khoj School has remained closed to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.

Our teachers and staff are the pillars of Khoj and in these unstable times we are doing our best to ensure that economic instability does not affect them and we continue to pay them their monthly salaries in an attempt to help.

As you know the school is located in a crime hit area and during the time of lockdown, when the school was closed, there was a theft and all of our virtual teaching equipment including our LED TVs were stolen. This unfortunate incident hit us really hard and we are trying hard to recover. An investigative report (FIR) has been submitted to the relevant authorities and we trying to get to the bottom of this.

Now more than ever we need your support and it is your support which keeps us going.

Thank you for your unconditional support and we hope you stay safe in these uncertain times.

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Khoj School for Community Education keeps receiving visitors from Pakistan and abroad. Many of them are interested in seeing the unique Khoj methodology of teaching and learning in place. But in January 2020, three members of a family came from England to celebrate part of their holiday with children at the school. As they had also visited the school four years ago, they already knew a good number of children; it was a happy reunion.

The visitors came with piles of gifts for the children, which contained a variety of pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, pencil cases and lunch boxes. And, of course, a lot of sweets! The children were excited, and their eyes were glowing with happiness because all the items were not only useful but were also colourful and aesthetically pleasing. 

They went to every class and met every child. Children sang songs and role played for them. They also shared with them their literacy and other educational skills. Later, they accompanied them to the school garden, which provides a platform for learning several concepts and skills. 

It was an exciting exchange! The senior students had a long chat with the guests, which must have given them a lot of food for thought.   

It was a unique experience for children at school; a mutual celebration! Children loved their gifts and enjoyed their chat. And, for the visitors, it was a rewarding trip!

We encourage more visitors as their presence increases and expands children's exposure to the world.

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Khoj-Society for People's Education

Location: Lahore - Pakistan
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Nasira Habib
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
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