Give a child or adult the gift of an education. By buying this gift, you are contributing to education projects run by TEAR partners that give the gift of a brighter, more empowered future. Projects could be for pre-primary and primary school children or for illiterate adults who want to learn the valuable skills of reading, writing and numeracy. Other elements like school supplies, teacher training and community engagement are often part of education projects.
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Getting an education can be challenging enough for children in poor and marginalised communities. But what about when your school is washed away by floods? This was a reality for children in the rural Sindh Province of Pakistan in 2010, when flooding caused severe damage to homes, livestock, and crops. People had slowly begun to rebuild their lives when heavy monsoon rains and floods hit the area again in 2011.
Amidst this difficult situation, TEAR’s partner the Anglican Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad, continued to work to bring change and hope to the communities of rural Sindh. Its Village LEAP Primary Education Project provides sustainable, quality education, especially for girls, in marginalised communities. It does this by developing the skills of the local teachers and training a network of effective School Management Committees of community leaders. So far, the project has worked with local villagers and their landlords to build 84 community schools, which provide education to over 5200 children. The project helps facilitate some promising students to progress further in government schools or other Diocesan schools.
Communities have rebuilt after the floods and the program is continuing to push ahead, with around 30 of the School Management Committees now able to support the full cost of teacher salaries. Over one third of students enrolled are girls, and it’s hoped this will be 40% by 2015. The words of one parent are coming true: “If we can send a person to the moon, surely we can educate our girls instead of sending them to the fields to work each day.”
Your gift of education is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – The Anglican Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad
The Anglican Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad, runs the Primary Education Project with 84 village schools, working to meet some of the needs of marginalised communities in rural Sindh.