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2023/24 School Year ๐Ÿ“… Ceremoniously Concludes for 11,000 HOPE Students ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“

Dear HOPE Friends,

Just as millions of children across the world ๐ŸŒ were blessed to complete another school year, so too were HOPE students throughout underserved districts in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ.

In early June 2024, students in Thatta, Zia Colony, and Muzaffargarh Formal Schools all participated in end of school year ๐Ÿ“… ceremonies. Students ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ from all three schools ๐Ÿซ prepared various cultural performances ๐ŸŽญ, speeches ๐ŸŽค, skits, and even presentations which highlight and feature traditional customs from the different provinces of Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ during the weeks prior to the school year ending.

The ceremonies for the three schools began with the afternoon prayer ๐Ÿคฒ๐Ÿป and were followed by performances by the students ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“. After much anticipation, the runner ups ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ and highest achievers ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ for each class were announced. For each school ๐Ÿซ, community leaders and corporate mentors were invited to present certificates and prizes ๐Ÿ† to the students ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“. Last, but not least, Founder and Chairperson of HOPE Pakistan, Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla made it a priority to attend the ceremonies in Thatta and Zia Colony and personally speak to the students, motivate them, and commend them for their hard work ๐ŸŒ .

HOPE operates 3 Formal Schools ๐Ÿซ along with 200 Informal (Home Schools) throughout Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ which provide a free/nominal cost education ๐ŸŽ“ to 11,000 underprivileged students total.

๐Ÿซ 3 Formal Schools (2,000 Students ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ Total):

๐Ÿ”ธ Thatta - Preschool till Matric levels (one hour away from Karachi, Sindh)

๐Ÿ”ธ Zia Colony - Preschool till Matric levels _(urban slum within Karachi )

๐Ÿ”ธ Muzaffargarh - Preschool till 8th Grade (Punjab)

For the past 25 years, HOPE has recognized and acted upon an critical window of opportunity ๐Ÿ’ซ in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ by reviving the underutilized concept of home schooling ๐Ÿ›–. Home schools ๐Ÿ›– are a cost-effective and innovative solution to addressing the availability of schools ๐Ÿซ barrier ๐Ÿšซthat has been overlooked in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ. They engage the very communities they serve by employing educated females (whom parents trust) as teachers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ. HOPE has found that the most effective and sustainable long-term solution for education ๐ŸŽ“ in urban slum districts ๐ŸŒ† and remote regions in Pakistan such as Azad Kashmir ๐Ÿ”๏ธ is the home school ๐Ÿ›– system.

๐Ÿ›– 200 Informal (Home) ๐Ÿ›– Schools with 9,000 Students ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ total:

๐Ÿ”ธ 165 Home Schools scattered throughout Interior Sindh and Balochistan (7,000 students total, 70% girls)

๐Ÿ”ธ 35 Home Schools in Azad Kashmir ๐Ÿ”๏ธ (2,000 students total, approximately 80% girls)

The students in HOPE's Formal ๐Ÿซ and Home ๐Ÿ›– Schools all come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds. Despite living in dire straits and facing formidable challenges, they are eager to attend school ๐Ÿซ and beat the odds ๐ŸŒŸ. End of year ceremonies are a special time in their lives in which they are able to look back and see how far they have come and look forward towards brighter futures โœจ.

We are humbled to report that our students pass their board exams โœ๐Ÿผ with flying colors ๐ŸŒ  and that girls ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ (who have historically faced more obstacles in obtaining an education) have been consistently outperforming the boys ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“!

Education ๐ŸŽ“ is the cornerstone of HOPE's poverty alleviation model and we are so grateful to our supporters who have provided the means necessary to give thousands of children a fighting chance to break through the vicious cycle of poverty โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน.

Warm regards,

The HOPE USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, HOPE UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, and HOPE Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Teams

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