Karachi: A staggering amount of 24 million children are out of school in Pakistan with over 8,000 ghost schools only in Sindh despite the budget spent on education growing twofold.
Syed Ali Asghar Naqvi, a doctor by profession astonished by the situation thought that something needs to be done about this. While speaking to ARY News, he told us that his cousin once called him at his tution center to teach and from there he got this thought of helping the downtrodden children of his society.
“I was very inspired by the thought that education should be given to children who do not have opportunities to get them. We started off with a one room school Ali Model English School and now we are at 450 students. I saw in Dawn Newspaper in the Sindh Education Foundation, “Adopt a school.” I thought it was a great idea because normally you cannot take a government school because it is government’s property. It is a long process but we started on. This school was in such a bad condition that there were no walls, metals rods, water, washroom, teacher or furniture. This school was also a den of all drug addicts of the area. It was a big challenge.”
The residents of the area, living there since 1986 were delighted by this initiative and said that the only this they want now is for this school to remain functional.
“Our request is only that this school stays functional. To run this school we need the same kind of order, the same face, beauty, attention so that our future generations can be successful and reach somewhere unlike us.”
However, none of it was an easy process. Speaking about the costs incurred in the whole process, Dr Naqvi said it has cost the, 30 lac up til now but it would be great to see more and more people to join his cause.
“We have spent around 30 lakhs in this school. The government had declared this as a ghost school and as you have seen we have even put a filtration plant outside so that pure water can be provided to the kids.”
He says he lives by the idea that: “Those people who have something they should give it back to the community to improve the condition of our downtrodden people