EDUCATION FOR ALL
We are pleased to inform you that the Child Health & Education Foundation was established in 2003 with the object of providing FREE education, primary health, mother & child healthcare facilities for the poor and needy by establishing Primary Schools, Computer Training Centres and Vocational facilities.
Initially a primary school (KG to Class V) was established in 2004 at Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi, a poor suburban locality. Soon after its establishment basic computer training facilities were also started where presently over 250 students are on roll. Besides, we have established a primary school at Goth Moladad off Hub Road some 25 kilometer from Karachi where over 200 students are enrolled.
We are also operating computer training centres and English language centres at our Primary Health, Mother & Child Healthcare Centres located at Qayyumabad a poor suburban locality near Defence Housing Society, Karachi and at Shah Faisal Colony, Karachi another poor and suburban area where training facilities are imparted to poor students of the area predominately girls. The training enables them to get various jobs as Computer / Data Operators thereby augmenting their families earning.
Children Health & Education Foundation is also providing uniforms, books, shoes etc. of the various goth schools located at Goth Soomar near Moladad Goth on Hub Hawksbay Road. A girls secondary school at Sharafi Goth behind Korangi Industrial Area inhabited by the oldest Baloch residents has been upgraded and renovated. A computer and Science Laboratory has been established. All these schools are located at places where no such other education facility is available.
We would like to expand our activities in the field of education but are unable to do it due to limited funds available with us. We therefore seek your kind financial and professional assistance / public grant to help us to provide the much needed educational facilities to the under privileged poor and needy people of Pakistan.
We believes that the lack of literacy is the root cause of poverty. There is a direct correlation between the average life expectancy at birth and the adult literacy rate. People who have learned to read and write are more attentive to hygiene and health, less fatalistic and are more likely to turn to a doctor in time of need. Part of the solution to problems in the developing world lies in education. Hungry people need to be fed, but also need to be able to earn their own living. The sick need a cure, but must also be taught to avoid the unhygienic practices that make them ill. The age old adage, prevention is better than cure, needs to be re-taught and adhered to once more.
Education can make the difference between temporary alleviation and long-term solutions.
In terms of priorities, teaching the basics of literacy will always come a poor second to feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and healing the sick. But illiteracy as an hindrance to development needs to be acknowledged if long-term economic and social changes are to be affected.
Definitions of what level of reading and writing ability actually makes a person ‘literate’ vary, but according to The World Christian Encyclopedia, literacy is “the ability to read and write, as measured by the percentage of the adult population who can read and write their own name and a simple statement. A higher level of competence is required for functional literacy.”
The term ‘functional’ literacy is used to describe a meaningful level of literacy that can be put to practical use. This might mean people becoming aware of their basic rights, participating in community life, learning everyday skills, expressing themselves or achieving a measure of self-reliance.
The priority for women’s literacy is understandable, not simply on the grounds of this inequality, but also because of women’s special responsibility in passing on knowledge to future generations. Teaching women to read and write helps to improve the well-being of the entire family, reduce fertility rates, ensure a greater emphasis on education for their children, balance family dietary and sanitary conditions and boost their status within the community. Education for women is, therefore, a social necessity.
“Educate a boy and you educate one person. Educate a girl and you educate a nation.”
- Ibn Badis, an Algerian Muslim Reformist.
THE BENEFITS OF LITERACY
Literacy saves lives
Education of parents has greater total effect on child mortality than any other factor. One year of a mother’s education has been associated with a 9% decrease in under 5 mortality. Teaching mothers to read can lead to a decrease in infant mortality of up to 50%.
Literates place higher value on the education of children. Adult education encourages children’s education. Children who live in an illiterate environment tend to forget what they have learned. Literacy means easier access to political and social arenas.
People who can read are better able to get involved in the society of which they are a part.
Literacy enables better money management.
People who cannot read are more likely to be fooled or taken
- Literacy enhances self-esteem and confidence.
- Literacy increases access to better paid jobs.
- Literacy means greater productivity on a national scale.
- In a recent study, a 20-30% increase in literacy produces a 8 -16% gain in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- Literacy encourages later marriage and smaller families.
We are needed because:
- Pakistan ranks amongst the lowest countries according to the human development index of UNDP.
- With an estimated 164.7 million people, it is the 6th most populous country in the world.
- Annual population growth rate is 1.8% and with this growth rate Pakistan’s population is expected to cross the 290 million mark by the year 2050.
- Of the millions added to the population each year, only half will have access to any formal education – the remaining will never see the inside of a school.
- Out of 164.7 million Pakistanis, 92 million adults of age 15 years and above (58%) are illiterate.
- 47% of all male adults of age 15 years and above are illiterate whereas for females the percentage is as high as 72%.
- 3 out of every 10 children aged 5-9 years in Pakistan do not go to school.
- 2 out of every 8 children aged 10-19 years never see the inside of a classroom.
- Once in school, the drop out rate is very high (only 2 out of 10 reach class 5).
- The state of government schools is very poor; 16.75% of them are without a proper building, 46% without a boundary wall, 39% without water, 62% without electricity and there is frequent absenteeism of teachers.
Government Expenditure on Education is only 2.49% of GDP.