One goal of the Shane-e-Haram school is to expand an informal nursery into a formal primary school in the economically deprived village of Latifabad in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Pakistan’s literacy rate is reportedly as low as 46% (defining literacy as someone who can read and write his name), an “average” family in the area consist of 5-6 children and a family’s income is approximately $35 (USD). Due to the high cost of education, children get drawn into the manual labour market for extremely low remuneration and far too often hazardous working conditions.
Currently the small school building comprises of a single room for over 40 students. The project will eventually expand to include the renting of a larger establishment to cater for at least 7 classrooms and 180 pupils. This will prepare the children to enter higher education with the necessary baseline educational and confidence levels. TVF will fund the provision of new furniture for the new classrooms including desks and chairs for the children and teachers. In addition, each child will be provided with a new school uniform, shoes, school bag, books and general stationery pack.