- The Mian Gul Model (MGM) School for girls in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
- The Brig (R) Gulman Model (BGM) School for boys in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
- The Noor Model School (NMS) School for boys and girls who live on one of the brick kiln sites close to Peshawar
The boys and girls schools are situated in Shamshatoo, close to the city of Peshawar. Their catchment is principally from the outskirts of Peshawar and the ‘settled areas’ of FATA where populations are static and have abandoned a nomadic lifestyle.
There are currently 373 students in the MGM and BGM schools, a majority of them girls. It is of particular note that despite being of marriageable a significant number of girls remain in school, representing a shift in cultural attitudes to female education. The girls sections are registered with the Department of Education to Secondary level (O level). Currently the schools operate up to Class 9 (age 15/16) and AFPK are in the process of applying to register the MGM as a Higher Secondary School (A level).
- To provide a quality education to students from marginalised communities in the Federally Administered Tribal areas and adjacent settled communities.
- To create an environment in which communities valuer education as a path out of poverty.
- To support families that would otherwise be unable to affrd education for their children
- To encourage girls into education
- Further to the above to encourage students especially girls to enroll in secondary education on completion of primary education.
The BGM school is expanding and a new building is under construction (PICS). Currently the school has students up to Class 6 (11-12 years). The BGM school will eventually provide education up to Secondary/Matriculation (‘O’ Level)
The Noor Model schools were started in 2009 in abandoned buildings constructed for Afghan refugees in the early 90’s in the Baghbanan area. Baghbanan is a brick kiln community of about 5000 households of primarily Afghan origin, internally displaced people (IDP’s) as well as the indigenous population. Chronic rural poverty is endemic and many households subsist on an income of less than 1USD per day. Children are born into bonded labour (recognised as a modern form of slavery) and start work in the brick kilns from an early age. They have limited life trajectories and an average life expectancy of 38 years. Girls typically marry in their early teens and have multiple pregnancies with short birth spacing. The adult female literacy rate is less than 3% and the intergenerational transfer of poverty is inevitable.
The objectives of the two schools are as above with the addition of…
- To seek to reduce child labour by the provision of affordable quality education.
- To reduce malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies in the children – a significant factor in stunting – by the provision of one meal a day.
All the schools in the Abaseen portfolio of services are supported by donors in the UK via the Sponsor a Child Scheme and the families pay a nominal community contribution in order to create a sense of ‘ownership’ of the project. The meal the children receive every day is provided by a group of individuals in the UK through the ‘Feed a child’ scheme. The schools follow the government curriculum and students are provided government textbooks free of cost.