IDRF’s partner organization, Zindagi Trust, embarked on a project in 2007 to overhaul a government school; the SMB Fatimah Jinnah school in Karachi, Pakistan and created a model school with modern facilities and quality education. They achieved remarkable success by turning a dilapidated building into an academic institute with structural and administrative renovations which is now providing excellent education and extra-curricular activities.
Government schools remain the only means of education available for nearly two-thirds of the Pakistani population. The vast majority of these schools provide students with an extremely poor quality of education. Systemic barriers within the education system overwhelming include: inadequate financing, poor governance, outdated textbooks, and learning materials, unengaging curriculum, deteriorated educational infrastructure and a lack of qualified teaching staff. External challenges such as poverty, harmful social and cultural norms, accessibility and widespread safety and security concerns continue to affect women’s and girls’ access to quality education. The Government of Sindh has identified several key objectives related to reforming government school education following a review of a five-year education reform strategy introduced in 2013. These include improving equity and accessibility, providing quality education tailored to the specific needs of each student and addressing gaps in governance, accountability and financial management.
HOW IDRF IS HELPING
IDRF remains committed to supporting girl’s education in Pakistan. This year, IDRF in partnership with Zindagi Trust are continuing to improve the quality of education at the Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School by providing 900 female youth with the opportunity to take part in various academic and co-curricular programs. This project is supporting the health and wellness of students by providing 200 kindergarten, class 1 and 2 students with a nutritious breakfast prepared and served to students daily. IDRF is continuing to support a new initiative at the school involving the professional development of 56 female educators. This initiative is led by a professional development team working in close collaboration with teaching staff to improve daily lesson plans, diversify teaching strategies and participate in subject-specific training and workshops.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Your donation will help support academic, co-curricular and nutrition-based programming at the Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School. With your support, IDRF can improve the quality of education administered to students through structured professional development opportunities for female educators.
Note: At IDRF we are committed to managing your funds and being accountable to you as our donors with full transparency. To do this, we are committed to ensuring that the funds you have selected are designated to the appropriate country. In the event IDRF receives funds that cannot be designated to the country selected, then please know that the funds will be redirected to support other vulnerable communities that are in urgent need.