Fahmida Manzil School opens its doors to its first students!

The Foundation is delighted to announce that the Fahmida Manzil School has welcomed the arrival of its first group of students. The school, based in Karachi in Pakistan, is a core part of the Foundation’s flagship centre to support the communities of Mehran Town through the Fahmida Manzil Trust.

High-Quality Educational Provision

Providing access to high-quality educational provision is core to the Trust’s approach.  At the heart of the Trust’s services is the recent opening of the Fahmida Manzil primary school.

Recognising the poor quality of local schools, the Trust has recently established its own school provision for 4/5-year-olds.  The Trust has employed experienced teachers to ensure that these young people get the best possible start to their education.  The school has opened with 49 students and the aim is to increase this to 64 students.

Thanks to the purchase of a 20-seater Toyota Hi-Ace van, the Trust is able to supplements students’ formal studies with educational visits to which they would otherwise not have access.  Recent visits include those to the Pakistan National Museum and the Air Force Museum.

In addition to the Trust’s own school, it supports education through the following schemes:

  • The Trust supports 40 children to enable them to attend the Mehran Government School.  As well as financial assistance, the Trust provides transport and access to its wider educational services.
  • Special Educational Needs provision. The Trust currently supports five children to attend the ABSA School and College for the Deaf.

Commenting on the opening of the school, Foundation trustee Rukhsana Sheikh who oversees the development of the Fahmida Manzil Trust, said:

The Fahmida Manzil Trust was established in honour of our beloved late mother.  It is therefore with much pleasure that we have today welcomed our first group of students to the school, enabling young people facing such hardship to benefit from an education so that they can flourish.  Our mother placed great store in the importance of a good education so this exciting development is a fitting testament to our mother.
Rukhsana Sheikh
Foundation Trustee, COSARAF

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