Knowledge is power and education is the foundation of knowledge. An educated nation is a powerful one. Developed nations have a greater influence in the world. They influence the world due to educational excellence. Underdeveloped nations lag behind due to their illiteracy and struggle to do well economically.
Situation in Pakistan
The state of education in Pakistanis is below standard. United Nations’ 2013 report ranked Pakistan 146 out of 187 countries on a human development index. According to a UN report “Pakistan has one of the lowest investments in terms of education — it spends 1.8 percent on education”. Moreover, almost 75 percent of the students drop out of schools before reaching class-X, while millions leave in the first two years in the primary schools.
In response to such alarming facts Alkhidmat took up various projects to contribute in improving education level in Pakistan. Alkhidmat provides vocational and formal educational assistance regardless of age, gender, or location. Alkhidmat has gone as far as to undertake various educational programs in Pakistan’s prisons.
- Talent Scholarships –Talent Scholarship Program is run with collaboration of Alfalah Scholarship scheme. The Scholarship program is helping deserving students all over Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Students ranging from Matriculation to university level have benefited from the program. To date, 6106 students have received scholarships and other educational assistance from Alkhidmat Alfalah Scholarships while 1184 are receiving it currently.
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- Schools – Alkhidmat constructs new schools and assists existing ones. Alkhidmat works in collaboration with different well-reputed organizations such as Ghazali Education Trust, Baithak Schools System, and READ Foundation, Azad Kashmir. Alkhidmat has established a network of schools both in the urban and rural areas. It has constructed 82 schools till date. The syllabus taught at these schools has been prepared in accordance with up-to-date academic requirements. There are separate educational institutions for boys and girls. Alkhidmat has also provided support to partner entities for construction of new school buildings. Alkhidmat also helps them add computer lab facilities.
- Hostels –Residence is a major problem for students who study away from their homes. Alkhidmat has built hostels for out of town students in order to provide low cost residential facilities. Three student hostels are being established by Alkhidmat. The existing Alkhidmat hostel in Chitral has an area of 4 canals. It has been serving the students since 8th October 2010. More than 600 students have benefited from the hostel till now. It has 2 halls and 16 rooms and 128 students can reside in it. Alkhidmat has been constructing another hostel in Gilgit which will soon be functional. Hostels are also under construction in Lahore and Bagh, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
- School Supplies – Alkhidmat gives out school supplies to underprivileged students. There are a large number of poor students in Pakistan, particularly in remote rural and slum areas. More than 3,500 underprivileged children have benefited from this program to date. The school supplies which Alkhidmat distributes among deserving children include books, school bags, pencils, notebooks, geometry boxes, and other objects. Alkhidmat also provides assistance to partner organizations in terms of constructing computer labs and increasing their capacity.