Why is education so important for the economy of Pakistan? Literacy is the fundamental building block of education and as vaccine is a prevention measure for a disease, literacy works in the same way for preventing the spread of corruption, hunger, poverty, crime, poor health conditions and unemployment among other socio-economic problems. Education is an essential tool for breaking the rigid and harsh social cycles of poverty.
HOPE-an Educational NGO in Pakistan, plans to establish a network of schools which provide free and quality education and helps students build an armor of confidence which allows them to hang onto their dreams and pursue it. Thus, most of HOPE’s programs are focused primarily on the rural and urban slum areas of Pakistan. Under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi, HOPE has broaden its reach towards the masses lining in squalor, mainly focusing on girls to address the deplorable educational and social status of women in many cities of Pakistan.
Among other HOPE – an NGO in Pakistan, one of its school is located in Zia colony, Karachi, constructed by Japanese embassy. The people living in this area come from a poor background and struggle to educate their children, given the expensive fee waivers the private schools unjustly ask for. Some of them are stuck at home and others end up winding at workshops or other places to earn and carry an entire burden of their family expenses. But now following the establishment of our school, almost all of the children resided in the community head to our door in hopes of getting quality education. They are also provided with provisions such as stationary, lunch boxes, books and copies for their feasibility, all of them being utterly free of cost. Extracurricular activities such as sports, art competitions, field trips regularly take place. It is now supported by individual donors.
Presently, there are 610 students studying. Students who appear in the Board High School Exams are passing with flying colors. HOPE arranges annual functions to celebrate their success which encourage them to increase their potentials.
Every year students look forward to this special occasion where they get to showcase their skills and talents through a number of ways some of them including tabloids, skits, cultural dances etc. The chief guests, Akiyo Saishu, Mr and Mrs. Amjad and Dr Jamil are ecstatic to see students who show passion and commitment towards gaining education and participating in extracurricular activities.
HOPE supports and facilitates all such activities which enhance the student’s motivation and makes them feel cared for. HOPE’s annual function at Zia colony is surely one which will melt your heart after seeing the glowing faces of the youth of Pakistan.