Mercy Pak Schools
Co-operation between National Education Foundation (NEF) and Mercy International Pakistan (NGO) for the Establishment/ Operations of Primary Schools. An agreement was signed between NEF and Mercy International Pakistan (NGO) on 6th December’ 2003 for the Establishment/ Operations of Primary Schools, the agreement became effective w.e.f 1st January’ 2004. As per agreement, NEF was to act as an implementing agency while Mercy International Pakistan was declared as financing agency for the operation of selected Primary Schools. Initially, 08 schools (6 NEF facilitated Community Model Schools in ICT, Riffah Model School Rawalpindi and Al-Noor Model School, Muzaffarabad AJK) were selected for adoption.
The purpose of this joint effort was to bring out of school children of poor families into school and provide them educational facilities free of cost to retain them in school at least for 5 year cycle of Primary Education.
There are two types of schools catering the educational needs of school going children working in two different spheres and as per their own established criteria. Public schools are government owned have rigid criteria for admission-specific age, test, interview and identify catchment area which is beyond the reach of the children which belonging to poor and illiterate parents to fulfill. The children of poor families and illiterate parent could not get admission in government schools due to rigid criteria of admission. Again, the children of poor parents and illiterate families cannot afford admission due to high fee of Private Schools. As mentioned above the children of poor parents and financially weak families, can not get admission in schools due to rigid criteria of admission for government schools and high fee of private schools, with the result a large fraction of children is out of schools.
In order to facilitate poor and illiterate families and enrolled the children of these families in schools, NEF in collaboration with Mercy Pak an NGO (Peshawar Based) has launched a separate and unique scheme in the name of Mercy Pak Schools. No fee is charged from the students. The teachers’ salary is paid by Mercy Pak and NEF jointly, books are provided to the children free of cost, Rs. 2000/- per school is paid as utility charges. The teachers salary has been fixed as per qualification i.e. Matric Rs. 3,000/-, FA/FSc or equivalent Rs. 4,000/- and BA/ BSC or equivalent Rs. 4,500/-.
Under this scheme, out of school children have been located in the remote rural areas of Islamabad to provide them educational facilities, 6 schools upto have been established in rural area of Islamabad. Presently 618 students from class Nursery, Prep, Class One to Five have been enrolled in these schools. 17 teachers have been appointed in these schools. The monitoring of these schools is also done by NEF & Mercy Pak jointly. These schools are working in Islamabad for the last ten years and providing free education to the out of schools children of poor families.
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