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Education

"Give Knowledge, Create Opportunity"

 

 

 Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) through its Corporate Social Responsibility Program launched an innovative pilot project to improve teacher capacity and learning outcomes at Shaheen Private School in Union Council Dad Laghari, Tehsil Dharaki District Ghotki, Sindh.

 

 

 

While education is acknowledged as a universal right, poor government provision and extreme poverty prevent millions of Pakistani children in rural areas from attending school. Where schools exist, teachers lack training in imaginative classroom management and morale is low. As a result, students face hours of uninspiring, memory-based learning in school premises that are often drab or makeshift.


To tap the full potential of Pakistan’s energetic young population, a bright and stimulating learning environment is essential. With the support of its donors, MGPO provides this environment by building schools and strengthening academic systems. Along with enhancing academic progress, opportunities are there to excel in art, sport and stage performance. MGPO’s education programme thus aims to develop confident young citizens capable of developing the leadership skills that will help their communities grow.

"It is not enough to build a school. You need to build character as well."

The objectives of the Education Programme are met by:

  • Building and improving education facilities
  • Providing furniture and equipment
  • Providing teaching and training materials
  • Appointing teachers to meet staff shortages
  • Training teachers and building capacity of all stakeholders
  • Facilitating coordination between school management committees and government departments
  • Raising overall administrative and academic standards
  • Mainstreaming gender
  • Building social capital

Featured Project
Government High School Bandi Sayedan

Ensconced in a picturesque valley of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K), not too far from the Line of Control that separates Pakistan from India, the inhabitants of Bandi Sayedan had for decades been denied the benefits of development. Bandi Sayedan's location high above the Jhelum Valley at an altitude of 4,700 feet has meant poor road connectivity and limited access to social services.

The destruction wrought by the earthquake in 2005 added to community woes. Cut off from supply lines and without direct access to relief goods, the people of Bandi Sayedan battled to survive a harsh winter. It was an ordeal that most believed they would never forget. However, today, traumatic memories have given way to optimism for a future filled with promise.


The new school, rebuilt by MGPO with the financial assistance of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), has become the focal point of joy and hope. The handsome new building, designed and equipped to a high standard, now motivates students to attend school regularly. The school facilities that sustain their enthusiasm range from brightly painted classrooms to a computer laboratory, playgrounds and opportunities to develop extra-curricular skills. Parental involvement has grown as a result of setting up school management committees that encourage parents to play an active role in monitoring school functioning.

The most powerful transformational impact of the new school on the village has been the community's willingness to allow girls to attend high school classes in the boys' school. Such a bold step from a conservative community indicates a widening of perceptions and an acknowledgement of new needs and priorities.

"Now we can study science subjects and hope to get admission in medical college," says 16 year old Uzma, a girl student whose ambition is to be a doctor. She reflects the hopes and aspirations of many girls who could never have dreamt before of a higher education.

"This school has transformed the future of our new generation," says the principal in a voice brimming with confidence and visible emotion.