The HWA acknowledges the right to quality education for all children below 18 years of age; thus, it has set education as a primary theme. It firmly believes that developing schools and educating children in rural/peasants’ communities will lead to a healthier and more sustainable future.
Primary education in rural areas of the Shaheed Benazirabad district was worst when the HWA started the education programme in 2015. Most children were out of school due to a lack of government schools and teachers. However, many children of peasants and workers in rural areas are still deprived of education.
Objectives of Education Program
- Build a network of schools in underprivileged areas, especially for peasant and labour children
- Provide no-cost and quality education to out-of-school children, especially girls, to illuminate illiteracy
- Enable holistic development of students for enlightening future
The HWA took a step forward, assessed the remote rural/urban slum areas and developed a partnership with the Sindh Education Foundation, the Government of Sindh, under its Promoting private Schools in Rural Sindh (PPRS) program and Sindh Middle and High school program.
The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) is the core partner of the HWA. For the last seven years, the SEF has supported the HWA to provide a quality to children of peasants and workers in rural areas in the Shaheed Benazirabad district.
The flow chart of the education programme of the HWA:
Educating a girl is like educating an entire family, and HWA believes that education is the only key to empower girls. Following this, we have enrolled 43% of girls in various grades in the academic year 2021.
A Complete Environment For Curricular and Co-curricular Activities
Currently, the HWA is running seven schools in various vicinities of district Shaheed Benazirabad, where 1694 students are getting a quality education with zero cost under the guidance of well-qualified teachers. Several basic facilities and support activities include:
- School buildings were constructed with the idea of child-friendly infrastructure. Each school has wide, ventilated classrooms, computer lab, science lab, library, playing area, area for assembly, sports and physical activities, availability of the solar system, safe drinking water and washrooms
- Teachers were recruited and trained in modern teaching methodologies and techniques
- Enrolled students are being provided with free textbooks for Oxford University Press (OUP) and learning material
- Regularly international, national and cultural days are celebrated to increase knowledge/awareness among the students and parents
- Regularly health and hygiene awareness sessions are organised
- Exposure visits for students
- Student competition events at the schools level provide a platform where they can show their skills and improve more
The Future Plan
- The HWA has planned to expand this program and to establish more schools/campuses in the deprived areas of Sindh
- The HWA aims to provide solar energy lights to schools and homes of student in rural areas of Sindh so that students could study in the evening
- The HWA aims to form a team of teachers who could search and identify national and international training and scholarships for students.
- Develop a robust monitoring system with the recruitment of human resources for implementing the M&E plan