A new way of teaching
Despite recent efforts and improvement in school enrolment and retention rates, child illiteracy still poses a serious problem in the country. This is further exacerbated by the quality of education provided, especially in rural and marginalised, poverty stricken areas.
UNESCO reports that Pakistan is the 2nd ranked country when it comes to the number of children who do not attend school between the ages of 5 and 16, an estimated 22.8 million! This figure represents almost half of the total population in this age group.
The numbers vary based on different regions and provinces. Furthermore, a lack of skilled school staff, location of schools, socio-cultural barriers, and economic constraints are cited as the major reasons for children not enrolled in schools.
These children grow up battling poverty, due to their lack of education they do not have promising job prospects and find themselves unable to secure a stable income. They are then forced to take low paying jobs and are unable to send their kids to school, thus repeating the cycle once again.
The sad truth is, that so many of these children have the talents to do so much for themselves and their country but lack of right resources robs them of a chance to explore their true potential.
It’s time we stop hindering our progress.”
Honest school is a pilot project by Al Mustafa Trust. In the past, we have supported many schools in the country from helping with building infrastructure, sponsoring needy students to provide quality reading and writing resources. Honest School is the first school that is fully run by our team to provide high-quality education to the overall community.
We aim to provide a learning platform that equally welcomes pupil who can afford to pay tuition fees and those who can not. However, our priority is providing quality education to the most deprived.
The well-being of a child is at the forefront for us. We not only want the child to get a good education and build academic skills but also want them to thrive intellectually and emotionally, whilst being close to their extended families, their friends and their home. Our vision is to support orphans by establishing schools in their community so the children can study at ease, in the comfort of their familiar environment.
We firmly believe in investing in our future generations. We take a proactive approach to children’s education, by employing passionate and driven teachers who have the best of their pupils’ interest at heart.
Providing a welcoming, non-judgemental, and safe environment without shaming, degrading and corporal punishment is critical to a child’s progress. No child is created equal, and everyone differs in some ways with regards to their development. There is no box standard for learning, and we certainly do not advocate shoe horning children into learning boring academic jargon that does not interest them. Children have vividly fantastic imaginations, we want to help them explore their ideas, provide them the resources they need to expand their creative horizons, to let their ideas flourish, unhindered and free.
From nursery to foundation years, our focus is on communication and language, physical, social and emotional development, language development, Numeracy, Understanding the world’ expressive arts and crafts, and physical activities.
English, Mathematics, language and Science are taught as core subjects, alongside art, history, geography, technology, religion and computing. Honest school also have dedicated time for music, documentary watching and physical education. Each classroom has a bookshelf space for relevant books. Our school library has about 300-500 books on varied subjects and interests and we plan to expand our collection.
There is an assembly hall, a computer lab, a canteen, a music room and a playground. All the needy children are provided with uniforms, school bags, books, stationary and free education.
There is no discrimination or bias on the grounds of gender, race, religion, disability, or social and cultural background. Our mission is to instil beautiful values of tolerance, acceptance, and kindness in our children.
We strive to provide after school activities, including sports day, book reading clubs, arts and craft fair, and excursion trips for a well rounded learning experience.
Our staff is well trained, passionate and eager to help shape bright minds. At Honest school, we pay government standard wages. Our teachers go through a strict selection process and regular training programs, ensuring they possess the relevant qualifications and experience needed to teach at the high standard we wish to maintain.