School education for 750 under-privileged children

by Al-Mustafa Welfare Society
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children
School education for 750 under-privileged children

When we were kids, we used to dream about summer vacations, the never-ending plans to have fun, go for outings, play with friends from morning to evening, stay awake past 11 P.M., to have whatever amount of ice-creams we wanted. The kids these days may have similar fantasies for summers, but one thing has changed for sure i-e to have loads of screen time. Well, whatever fantasies the children may have made, they all start missing school at the end of summer vacations, yearning to meet friends and teachers. The excitement levels go tremendously high when it's the start of a new academic session right after the summer- break, new books, notebooks, stationery, and new classes for the upcoming session make children happier and more energetic. 

It got even more exciting for us since we have achieved a new milestone of 1000 students at Al-Mustafa Academy. It is indeed a great success for Al-Mustafa to provide quality education to 1000 students in a backward area such as Korangi. All the credit goes to the teachers and administration, especially to Ms Amber Arif, the Academy's principal. 

The First Day of the New Session

The kids came running to school with happy faces, toothy smiles, giggles and non-stop chatters. The teachers and school administration welcomed them and started the new session with more energy and new hopes.

Activities

Though the past quarter mainly consisted of the summer break, we still managed to have a few exciting activities for students and teachers.

Annual Day

The annual school day is the most important day for a student and the school itself. It is the culmination of the academic year. This day celebration was made for graduating the current grades and promotion to following classes. The extraordinary performers were applauded and given gifts for their achievements. 

Parent-Teacher Meeting

This meeting was held on the Annual Day. Teachers and parents discussed together the performances of their children, the hindrances the child may be facing in learning, the ways to increase their child's learning outcomes and the plans for the coming academic session. 

Eid Party

Eid is the most celebrated festival in Pakistan; we celebrate Eid with family and friends at home. But when our students returned from Eid vacations, we had a blast together. Teachers and students played games and had lunch together. 

Training Workshop for Teachers

The most important thing for any professional is to continuously improve and evolve professionally and personally. Teachers are the ones who have the power to mould children and make or break their personalities. Their grooming and professional development are essential. The summer break is the perfect time for such activities. The principal took this opportunity and arranged a 2-Days Training Workshop for teachers at Al-Mustafa Academy. In the training workshop, the teachers were given new insights on the following topics:

  • Child Psychology
  • Reading Skills
  • Teacher's attitudes toward students
  • Personal Grooming
Teacher's Training Session on Child Psychology
Teacher's Training Session on Child Psychology
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Assalam-o-Alaikum and Eid Mubarak!

Eid is an occasion of happiness and peace, and here we come with another great news for you to double the delights of this joyous occasion. The hard work of our Al-Mustafa Academy's administration and Al-Mustafa's Educational Committee is paying off, and we have 157 new students enrolled at the academy. 

Grades and Sectioning at Al-Mustafa Academy

At AM Academy, the students are sectioned and grouped on a pattern followed generally in Pakistan.

  • Preschool (for the age of 3 to 5 years),
  • Primary (grades I through V)
  • Lower Secondary/ Middle (grades VI through VIII)
  • Higher Secondary (grades IX and X).

To avoid overcrowding and improve the classroom's learning experience, each grade is divided into two sections.

Library and Computer Lab

To enhance the learning and thinking capabilities of the children and improve their creativity as well scientific skills, we have a well equipped and functional Computer Lab and a Library loaded with engaging books on multiple exciting topics. 

The computer Lab can accommodate 20 Students at a time, while the Library's capacity is for 30 students at a time. 

Tree Plantation Drive

Tree Plantation drives combat many environmental issues like deforestation, soil erosion, desertification in semi-arid areas, global warming, and enhancing the beauty and balance of the environment. We have arranged a Tree Plantation drive in which all the students were encouraged to take part. Students and teachers planted trees on the school campus and nearby areas. Involving the students in this healthy activity created awareness among them about the effect of trees on the environment and sowed seeds of compassion and care for the surrounding in the innocent hearts of our children.

All of this was made possible with your support. We will continue to send you more updates from the field; till then, enjoy your Eid and sow new seeds. 

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Can a world be imagined without colours? Not at all! Nature has many colours, making the world look brighter and beautiful. Colours are indeed the "smiles of nature".

Celebrating colour day is great to accentuate the importance of each colour in students and help them to learn different things associated with colours.

Red Day Celebrations at Al-Mustafa Academy

The kids celebrated "Red Day" at Al-Mustafa Academy. It was a wonderful learning activity that helped children to understand the concept of Primary Colours. It helps the children to sort and classify objects based on colours thereby reinforcing cognitive skills.

Activities

The teachers arranged art activities including drawing, colouring & papercraft, Red colour fruits introduction, and reciting rhyme which they enjoyed with immense interest. It was a fun-filled day with innocent faces shining and reflecting brightness, joy, and enjoyment. The tiny tots were attired in Red dresses and looked bright, lively and cheerful.

Learning Outcome

The kids understand the significance of one of the colours, Red and feel the joy of having a vibrant colour in their immediate environment.

 

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Yes, you read it right, an election campaign is the highlight of the story today...

Democracy is what we believe in and democracy is what we want our children to learn. The best and the most effective learning experience a child can have is only through practical experiences and that's why the management of Al-Mustafa Academy organized an election campaign to elect Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Captains and Vice-Captains of different houses and clubs, in order to demonstrate to our children the right ideas of what actually democracy is.

Detail of Elections and Campaign:

Election Campaign:

An awareness campaign week was held. Flags were designed, badges were distributed, slogans were raised, charts were prepared and the nominees visited the classes and delivered speeches seeking votes to help them win. The campaign inculcated courage and confidence in them. Campaigns were highly participative, each nominee performed really well throughout the time period.

Balloting:

Each student was supposed to cast a vote and exercise the right. Vote casting took place. Ballot box for each house was maintained; ballot chits were arranged, specifying the names of the nominees representing respective houses. Stage draft was prepared to make a setup for background and tables were arranged to place the ballot boxes and ballot chits. Students were brought grade wise to cast the votes. Voters received an impression on their thumbs to verify.

Vote Counting:

After the votes were cast, the counting took place.

Oath Taking Ceremony:

The elected Presidents along with the Vice-President, Captains and Vice-Captains were announced. and sashes were presented to the winners. Thereupon, the oath was taken by all the winning officeholders to take up the elected positions with a great sense of responsibility in uplifting their respective house and club systems.

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed reading this report, we will soon come up with some more interesting events happening at Al-Mustafa Academy. 

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We have a firm belief that schooling is not all about studying inside the educational curriculum, studying also includes learning new skills and new passions outside the curriculum. It also includes learning the art of being able to enjoy and simply be happy. Happiness, learning new skills and developing passions also play a vital part in a child's development and extracurricular activities are the main source to provide this vital element

We make sure that during this pandemic, our children at Al-Mustafa Academy have their hands on both educational as well as extracurricular activities. Following is a glimpse of activities during the past four months:

Operational Strategies of Educational Process:

We followed safety steps to keep students as safe as possible in school for continuing the educational process.

  • Physical classes and precautionary steps

During the physical classes, the following precautionary steps were taken to control the covid-19 spread and to ensure that students and staff can stay healthy and physically together in school. 

  1. Ensured adult students and staff vaccination.
  2. Testing and screening of staff and students.
  3. Proper use of masks and maintaining a physical distance.
  4. A ban on nonessential visitors, volunteers, and other activities,
  5. Staggered school arrival and drop-off timings, an alternate schedule of students and decreased class size.
  6. Modified layouts, cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.
  • During the lockdown Operational strategies to continue the educational process.

Although most schools and educational institutions moved to online delivery of classes and evaluation to avoid the disruption of the educational process during the lockdown in this pandemic, the digital platform still remains unfamiliar for most people in a low-middle income zone. Dissemination of learning through a digital/online education would require internet access, laptop/computer and electronic gadgets for the students, which given the inequality amongst the socio-economic strata, remains unreachable for students belonging to low-income groups in underprivileged areas. In this challenging time period for continuity of schooling during the lockdown, we engaged the students with the help of assignments, projects and study packs.

  • Annual Assessments & Examination.

 The ongoing situation that has emerged owing to the Covid-19 pandemic has created special challenges for educational institutions for the assessment and evaluation of students. In terms of methods to assessment & examination, the current situation was needed cogent beyond the conventional methods typically used. We followed and implemented all SOPs of Covid -19 during the examination which Government and the health department had developed. Health and safety measures were followed to ensure the continued well-being of Students and staff. We adopted the following non-conventional assessment methods and alternative forms of examination for evaluating students’ skills, knowledge, attitude and ability.

  1. Assignments & projects
  2. Class Presentation
  3. MCQ’s based evaluation paper
  4. One-on-One Oral Exam
  5. Open Book Exam

 

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Earth Day Celebrations

With an aim to save and protect the planet and environment, the students demonstrated the following activities on 22nd April 2021. 

  • Reuse & Recycling activities
  • Plantation
  • Drawing/ Poster Competition
  • Switching Off Lights
  • Tableau/Role Play performance on global warming & save the Earth
  • Walk & awareness campaign
  • Documentary (The Inconvenient Truth) watched to educate students about Global Warming
  • Students Project on Solid waste Management

 

  • Cultural Diversity Day Celebration 

This day gives incredible reimbursements including humanity’s rich immaterial legacy and endorse our pledge to edifice a more peaceful world and build cultural awareness. Students learned about different cultures and differences in customs through demonstrations and acts. This consents them to interrelate in a larger range of social groups and feel more confident in themselves as well as in their connections with others.

 Students demonstrated the following activities on that day.

  • Cultural posture Exhibition
  • Cultural Dress show
  • Enjoyed different Cultural Food
  • Played Cultural Games
  • Cultural/ Traditional Gifts Exchange

This was a summary of the past quarter, we will continue to send you more progress reports in the coming months. 

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Al-Mustafa Welfare Society

Location: Karachi, Sind - Pakistan
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Twitter: @MustafaSociety
Project Leader:
Ahmed Raza Tayyab
Karachi, Sindh Pakistan
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