Education is the strongest pillar of the society’s development and people’s welfare. It plays a key role in solving problems which any society faces. However, in spite of its utmost significance, not many countries have been able to cater for the education facilities for its people at large — Pakistan being one of them.
Plight of Education
Education sector in Pakistan has been facing the worse deterioration of its kind. In many parts of Sindh (let’s talk about this southern province of the country!), there are absolutely no schools at even primary level, leaving thousands of the children go astray in the life’s journey! For the parts where we have schools, the school buildings are either used as ‘Otaaqs‘ (place for social meetups in the villages used, especially, by the influential persons as their private property), a place where animals are kept and fed, or are so ruined that one cannot recommend children to sit inside its rooms for learning.
For even other parts where we have schools and the condition of the building is also well, the deployed staff including the teachers would not show up even once a year. Such teachers mostly have political backing at local level, which makes it quite difficult for even the lawmakers to decide for their fate.
Having such complex situation, the education sector in Pakistan has not been able to flourish and the literacy rate has not been satisfying to those concerned. However, one cannot clearly blame the government or the teachers or the management of the schools for the dilemma. Adding to the dejection is the high dropout ratio at primary level education.
Role of Civil Society, NGOs and Philanthropists
Therefore, it’s the duty of the concerned civil society, social workers, philanthropists and the non-governmental organizations to support the government in improving the quality of education as well as establishing a network of the schools across the country’s rural areas where Education has become rare.
JORDAN, from the outset, has been striving for creating opportunities of quality education in the areas where there is severe need for that. Starting with a model school in its hometown, JORDAN provided quality education at nominal fees and that, too, was at many instances adjusted for by the donations of the philanthropists and donor agencies.
As funded project, JORDAN is also running 13 schools in District Dadu in which above 4000 children are enrolled and taught without any charges — books, stationery, tuition and all the basic needs of a child are all free for the children.
For this project and other details of the program, please check the projects section.