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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
Role playing functions of the parts of a plant
Role playing functions of the parts of a plant

Khoj School for Community Education is a model of integrative and relevant gender just education that breaks the curricular barrier that divides knowledge into mutually exclusive subjects. Linkages are developed and a teaching plan is woven around a specific phenomenon which is very close to the learners' experience and reality. Children find it easier to learn science, agriculture, mathematics, nutrition, cooking, language, social values and citizenship with a common context.They sail smoothly through the process of learning. 

Parents and the community were invited to see and experience the advantages of the new approach and method which provokes creativity and curiosity, facilitates conceptual understanding and leads to logical thinking.

To mark the international children's day, mothers and other family members from eight villages were invited to participate in a program organized to share with them the level and quality of children's learning.  The whole program was planned, planned and presented by children themselves.

Children presented their knowledge and learning in the form of songs, role plays and drama. Their performances showed their language skills, expression, confidence, conceptual understanding, presentation and organizational skills. 

Towards the end of the program, mothers expressed their satisfaction and happiness on the performance of their children. They also shared the compliments of their guests outside their villages about the high-quality education imparted by Khoj School in the remote and socially and environmentally challenged tiny village. With beaming eyes, they also expressed their pride on the virtual teaching center, library and science lab in the school, something not known in other schools in the area. 

Your generous support has made all this possible. We thank you all. Your continued support is the lifeline of the school.

Presenting social issues through drama
Presenting social issues through drama
Another view of the drama
Another view of the drama
The audience
The audience
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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
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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
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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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Students describe the habitat of Asian Black Bear
Students describe the habitat of Asian Black Bear

On Saturday, the 22nd of April, Khoj School for Community Education celebrated International Earth Day 2017.

The preparation began weeks ago when the students learned about pollutions and the advantages of a clean environment. Our students put this knowledge to practical use and, with the help of their teachers, began a campaign to clean-up their villages. Khoj School educated children from eight surrounding villages and the children mobilized other residents of their respective villages and began in earnest, a massive clean-up campaign in all eight villages,

Another activity that was arranged for the students was a tree plantation drive in their villages. Around 300 saplings were planted. Sheesham, Neem, and Keekar were planted as these are the local varieties of trees that thrive in these areas and we did not want to inadvertently disturb the area’s ecosystem by introducing any foreign variety.

The final activity and perhaps the most exciting for our students was a mini Science Fair. Students from grades 4 upwards participated. The students were divided into nine groups and given specific projects to do. To discuss some natural causes of climate change, a group of students created a working baking soda volcano and explained the environmental damage of a volcanic eruption. Another group of students were given the task of showing a human-caused reason for environmental degradation and they displayed this by making a model of a marine oil spill and demonstrating its clean-up efforts. The students spilled some oil into the model and tried to remove it best possible while informing the rest of the students of the damages to marine life citing the example of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its effects.  One group showed the mangrove forests ecosystem, its economic and environmental importance, why is it being degraded and what we can do to mitigate its effects. The other groups all took some animals whose existence is threatened in Pakistan and made models of their habitats and discussed the threats they are facing and how to combat them. The animals that were discussed were Asian Black Bears, Balochistan Forest Dormice, Fishing Cats, Markhor, Finless Porpoises and Marbled Polecats.

Overall, the students gained immensely valuable knowledge relating to our environment and the threats it is facing. Such activities will continue throughout the year. We are planning a mega social forestry program with the children in which we plan to plant more than 2000 saplings in all of the villages where we work.

All of this is only possible because of our wonderful donors whose help has enabled us to educate and nurture responsible citizens in these children, so THANK YOU for all your support! We could have never done this without you!

The habitat of the Balochistan Forest Dormouse
The habitat of the Balochistan Forest Dormouse
Excited about planting the saplings
Excited about planting the saplings
Planting the saplings in their villages
Planting the saplings in their villages
Volcanic Eruption!
Volcanic Eruption!
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Khoj-Society for People's Education

Location: Lahore - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Nasira Habib
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
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