HOPE believes in uplifting communities in a holistic way, HOPE has developed a network of schools for this purpose. Education is the backbone to upward mobility and essential to securing a future for these children. These schools fill in the gaps to educate underserved communities by providing quality education free of charge.
Each school established by HOPE has the following:
- Tuition free
- Books are provided free of charge
- Use curriculum developed by the state
- Free uniforms
- Employ trained and certified teachers
HOPE formal school in Muzaffargarh (Punjab)
The students are children of farmers and laborers and come from extreme poverty and many are orphans. Today, there are 320 students and classes are held until eight grade. A well-rounded curriculum is in place which includes extracurricular activities and outdoor sports.
For years, HOPE’s formal school in Muzaffargarh was operating in a rented building; in 2018, the Japan Embassy sponsored construction of a new school which is currently underway.
HOPE Formal School Zia Colony in Karachi
In 2002, the Embassy of Japan generously sponsored construction of a new school building which supported students up to high school levels.
Nowadays, over 610 students are enrolled in HOPE’s Zia Colony school.
HOPE’s school at Zia Colony provides tuition and books at a very nominal discounted charge for those that can afford it, and free for those that cannot.
The curriculum at Zia Colony is well-rounded and students participate in sports, art competitions, and field trips. Students are passing their high school board exams with flying colors.
Most of these students come from extremely poor backgrounds and paying for quality education is a burden for their families. HOPE has been instrumental in making education accessible for everyone.
Today, HOPE’s formal school in Zia Colony relies on donations from individuals.
HOPE’s Formal School in Thatta (Sindh)
In 2006, three individual philanthropists pooled together to support construction of a large school building.
Today, HOPE’s Formal School in Thatta supports 340 students until high school. Most of the students come from impoverished backgrounds and are the children of farmers and day laborers.
HOPE has also opened two schools in Muzaffarabad, AJK.
HOPE realizes that not all those seeking an education can afford to take off work and travel to a formal school setting so HOPE takes the school to them. Informal schools are teachers traveling to students’ houses to give them the education they deserve free of cost. Over 200 of these home schools have been established by HOPE over the years with around 5,700 students enrolled across the various regions we serve.
Just like our regular schools we cover the cost of supplies for our students, this put our annual operating budget at $25,000. AGE Steel has given us a generous donation of $11,300 to upgrade the Muzaffarabad schools.
HOPE has also established semi-formal schools for underserved populations. Much like formal schools but smaller in size and finishing at 5th grade. All supplies are covered for students attending. Over 200 students attend the two locations of our semi-formal schools in Bhittaiabad and Sachal Goth.
HOPE’s home schools in urban Karachi, rural Karachi, Interior Sindh, Badin, Thatta, and Sanghar
HOPE has a flourishing network of home schools in downtrodden communities in the outskirts of Karachi. There are 145 home schools total: 30 in urban Karachi, 35 in rural Karachi, and 45 in Badin, Thatta, and Sanghar.
A total of 6,570 students are enrolled in these home schools, 80 percent of whom are girls.
Home schools take place within the homes of community females. The teachers are given a salary through HOPE and are provided with teaching supplies (blackboard, books, stationary) free of charge. Students traditionally sit on the floor on a large mat, but if space and costs permit, chairs and desks are provided as well. Classes are held until fifth grade, and in many cases until high school.
HOPE’s home schools are an excellent option for these impoverished areas because they are a low-cost method which uses the resources already available within a community. More importantly, they are giving girls who have historically been left behind an opportunity to learn.
HOPE’s home schools in Azad Kashmir
HOPE has 35 registered home schools which cater to a remote population living in the mountainous area of Azad Kashmir. Presently, HOPE’s home schools are the only functioning schools in this area which is approximately three hours from the capital city of Muzaffarabad.Currently, 1810 students are enrolled, 80 percent of whom are girls. Classes are offered until eightgrade, and in some areas until high school.
Home schooling is a highly effective method of education, which has not reached its potential in Pakistan’s rural and remote regions. In the winter, many areas in Azad Kashmir are cut off to transportation due to treacherous roads. Constructing physical school buildings is impractical in these areas. Furthermore, many girls are adversely affected by sociocultural barriers to education as compared to urban areas.
Home schooling offered by HOPE is a flexible, cost-effective, and innovative solution which addresses all of these issues.
MGYW’s Partnership with HOPE Schools
Since 2017, Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) has collaborated with the U.S. based Odyssia Learning Program (OSL) organization to introduce English as a second language online (ESL) courses at HOPE School located in a local low-income neighborhood of Korangi Karachi. OSL includes coaching teachers in Basic & Intermediate ESL courses customized according to a school’s needs. This program initially involved MGYW providing most of the financial support for conducting OSL courses for 16 teachers for 16 weeks. This program is now progressing toward conducting ESL courses for about 100 HOPE School students in grades 8 and higher. The Odyssia Team is working closely with the HOPE school teachers and management and has provided deep discount to their cost structure to make this course accessible. Kausar Ahmed of Odyssia Team has also assisted in providing donation of 14 computers from Karachi Electric Corporation to set up a computer lab at HOPE School.
As a result of an MOU, MGYW has been sponsoring 40 young women from HOPE schools in Gadap & Korangi in Sindh, and in Muzaffarabad, AJK for about seven years.
To find out more about MGYW – please visit https://www.mgyw.org/