This project will provide additional classrooms enabling the school to enrol 400 children. The development will also include an adult literacy facility, life skills learning center and teachers training and resource facility
Background: What Issues is the Project Addressing?
The area of Shamshatoo, close to the City of Peshawar, capital city of Khyber Pakhlunkhwa in North West Pakistan, is centuries behind in all areas of social progress. This is particularly the case in the area of education where the literacy rate for girls is around 3%. This is the result of there being a significant number of afghan refugees in the area, many of which were displaced during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and a legacy of hard line fundamentalism which has influenced social and education policy in this time. This has led to there being poor life expectancy and minimal job prospects, particularly for girls.
How is the Abaseen Foundation Addressing these Issues?
The Abaseen Foundation has initiated an education programme for this area and is working to address these chronic social issues through community education and health projects. It has successfully been running two schools (boys and girls) for children of Brick Kiln workers 6-8 km inside the settled area since 2009. These schools continue to grow and develop, as does the literacy rate. The Mian Gul School will serve the female population of Shamshatoo, Peshawar and the displaced tribal families and others in adjacent settled area.
Gender equality is a key agenda for the Foundation’s work with a focus on female education, as this had been discouraged under the radicalization of the area. By educating the girls the Abaseen Foundation believes it provides the best opportunity for women, families and community development in the future.
The Mian Gul School
The Abaseen Foundation has secured a 2.75 acre site with the help of the community to establish an educational complex which will house a girls school, adult literacy facility, life skills learning center and teachers training and resource facility. There will be 16 class rooms, a Community Hall with blocks of toilets and a wash area.
The school is open for all girl pupils and the very poor of the area are being encouraged to take admission through Abaseen Foundation scholarships. Mian Gul Model School has already surpassed the target for the academic year of 65 girls all of whom are from the adjacent tribal area.
To counter the entrenched social stigmas surrounding educating girls and the reluctance of many families of the area to send their daughters to school, the School Management Board members have overcome this through a comprehensive communication & education programme which has included visiting local villages to talk about the importance of girl education.
Once the 16 class rooms have been constructed the project will be able to enroll total of 400 girls in 10 classes up to secondary level and 240 boys in classes to primary level.
Remaining amount required: £49,900