Pakistan’s ground-breaking organisation The CARE Foundation has announced a major campaign to support its vision to get at least one million Pakistani children into education by 2025.
A leading educational welfare trust, the CARE Foundation announced the ambitious campaign on the United Nation’s International Day of Education [24 Jan, 2023].
CARE provides free quality education to children across Pakistan, who wouldn’t normally attend school or have poor attendance.
Currently, 300,000 children are studying across CARE schools, with 7,000 teachers; to date more than 150,000 children have graduated from CARE schools.
The City District Government Lahore approached CARE in 1998 to adopt and manage some of its failing schools. CARE initially took on 10 such schools, thus pioneering the concept of Public Private Partnership in education in Pakistan. To date, it has successfully adopted the running of over 855 government schools in the country.
The success of CARE schools is down to the curriculum being exactly the same as in the best private schools, with co-education and English language teaching.
Ms Aziz said: “We’ve never educated poor children, we just think of them as our children; the children of our nation, and the future of our country. Our children stand equal. We have a huge belief in equality of opportunity.”
CARE also runs a successful Higher Education Scholarship Programme awarding 1,000 college and higher education scholarships each year to enable CARE students to go to the best colleges and universities.
Ms Aziz said: “The vision is that one day that these children will change the destiny of the nation. Education empowers. I do believe the children of the world belong to all of us; if they’re in trouble anywhere, one should reach out. If there’s one thing you can do to help a nation move forward, it’s education.”
To support the CARE Foundation’s mission to get one million children into school by 2025, go to: carepakistan.org