KARACHI - The Government Farabi School Jamsheed Town, adopted by Zafar Sultan Memorial Trust Canada (ZSMTC), has been turned into a model school facilitating more than 350 school students with free education, uniform, books (course) and other services. The trust spent around rupees six million annually to run this school, which was in dilapidated condition earlier,” Abdullah Feroz, the member of ZSMTC, told The Nation.

He said that the school was from class one to five, now it starts from KG-one to class seven, adding that classes will soon be expended to class eight. To accomplish this target, the trust is trying to adopt more public schools.

“The trust is running Farabi School for the last seven and half years giving free of cost education, books, uniform and milk (once in a week). The trust has also arranged medical camp for students belonging to underprivileged class,” he said.   

There is an alarming situation in Sindh province where only 6.4 million children are receiving education whereas there are a total of 11 million children who are in their school going age. About 54 percent boys are attaining education in urban areas while 46 percent are girls whereas 63 percent boys are attaining education in rural areas while 37 percent are girls. 59 percent of the people are literate in urban areas of Sindh province while 42 percent in rural areas.

Govt. urged to improve education system: On the other hand, speaking at a prizes and certificates distribution ceremony at Government Farabi School Jamsheed Town, the former provincial minister, Sardar Yaseen Malik has urged the Sindh government to take serious steps for development of education system in the province.

Members of Canadian Parliament Brad Butt, Senator Nancy Ruth, Senator Salma Attaullah jan; Haroon Khan, Abdullah Feroz, Niaz A Laghari, Latif Mughal and Zubair Khan also spoke on this occasion.

Yasin Malik said Sindh is becoming more backward province in education with each passing day as no prompt steps had been taken by the provincial government so far.

Member of Canadian Parliament Brad Butt applauded the performance of students and progress of school in the promotion of education. He vowed to continue support of Farabi School in future in order to promote education. He also appreciated the hospitality of Pakistan people. Canadian Senator Salma Attaullahjan said Pakistani origin Canadian nationalists wanted development of education sector in Pakistan.

Chairman Zafar Sultan Memorial Trust Canada, Haroon Khan, informed that trust had adopted the school in 2006 and spent 60,000 dollars on its renovation. He said 60 students were enrolled in 2006 and now the number of students has crossed 350. He said Trust had been spending 60,000 dollars per month over the last seven years on the school. He said Farabi School is the sole government that was equipped with latest technology.