Sindh Labour and Human Resource Minister, Saeed Ghani, inaugurated the 160th charitable school of the non-profit Green Crescent Trust (GCT) in the province for educating children of underprivileged areas. The GCT’s new school is situated in the underprivileged Wadoodia Muhallah of Ittehad Town in Baldia Town.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Saeed Ghani held out the assurance to the audience that the Sindh government would fully support in whatever way it could the non-profits striving hard to educate children in the remote and underprivileged areas of the province that lack basic facilities.

He said the provincial government had the complete realization that alone it couldn’t achieve the cause of educating each and every child of the far-flung and lesser developed areas as it required active support of the non-governmental organizations for the purpose.

“The government and the state are under an obligation as per their moral principles and constitution to educate every child but the ground realities show that we alone couldn’t do this task,” he said.

He said the Sindh government would support the NGOs and charities that wanted to adopt the government-run schools or establish educational institutions on their own for the provision of quality education to the children of low-income families.

Ghani said that he had adopted the policy of facilitating to the maximum possible extent the NGOs and non-profits that managed schools during his tenure as the Sindh Education minister sometime back.

He said that during his stint as the Education minister he had also worked to ease the procedure of adopting the government schools for upgrading them as the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) also worked for this cause.

He told the audience that children of the backward areas when provided with a quality education also got the prospects of progress and development not just for their own self but also for their families and coming generations.

Ghani gave the example of himself while saying that his father had become the first educated member of his family as afterwards his coming generations had the chance to brighten their future after getting a quality education.

He said education provided opportunities for underprivileged people to successfully come out of the situation of poverty and ensure economic stability in their lives in the shortest possible time. He wished success to the charitable work being done by the GCT to run schools in the backward areas

GCT CEO, Zahid Saeed, told the audience that his non-profit had established its schools in such backward areas in the province where there had been no prior facility to educate the children.

He said the GCT’s charitable network enrolled 1950 orphan children who were not just provided with education but the pressing economic needs of their families were also regularly fulfilled.

He said the GCT had been acting upon its Vision-2025 to enroll a total of 100,000 out-of-school children in Sindh by increasing the number of its charitable schools to 250 in the next three years.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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