Education is a basic human right. Like all human rights, it is universal and inalienable—everyone, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or economic status, is entitled to it. Unfortunately, the situation of education in Pakistan is in shambles. The official statistics released by Federal Education Ministry reveals that the overall literacy rate in Pakistan is 46%, while only 26% of our female population is literate. The situation is especially alarming in rural areas where girl child is prohibited to go to school due to cultural and social obstacles.
HOPE, an educational NGO in Pakistan has been providing free of cost quality education to over 10,000 impoverished students across Pakistan for the past thirteen years. Many philanthropists, volunteers and staff members have helped HOPE to achieve this milestone.
Recently, HOPE School in Zia Colony, Korangi arranged a colourful and entertaining Annual Day to celebrate one more successful year. The evening saw students, excelling in academic and co curricular activities, being rewarded for their hard work and brilliant performances in the last year. The vice-consul of Japan Consulate, Karachi was invited to attend this function – he not only generously graced the occasion with his presence but was perhaps the one person who enjoyed this gathering the most. Besides distributing prizes to the excelling students – which too, he enjoyed greatly – he even sang a Bengali song he had learnt in his previous stint in Bangladesh
Audience thoroughly enjoyed the event and lauded the efforts of teachers for putting up a fabulous show. Tiny tots also took a very active part in this event. They conveyed to the audience the importance of helping the needy and how it gives pleasure and satisfaction to all concerned.
Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, Chairperson of HOPE and child specialist in Karachi, and other distinguished guests distributed gifts among the students and shared their thoughts about the event as well as the efforts put up by HOPE to help reduce educational disparity. HOPE will continue to serve the underprivileged despite all the problems it has to face.
Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, Chairperson of HOPE and child specialist in Karachi, is hopeful that organizations and philanthropists will continue to help HOPE it its endeavours to reduce health and educational disparity.