The M.H. Sufi Foundation has 3 main targets for achieving its objective of providing quality education to the children in Hafizabad who are otherwise denied of it. These targets are:
- Establishing a total of 25 schools (each from primary to high school) throughout Hafizabad, over 5 to 10 years (depending upon availability of funds).
- Each of the schools at optimum operation should cater to a total of around 1,200 students (boys and girls), separated into 14 grades, with 30 students per grade, and 3 sections per grade. Thus, at any given time around 30,000 students would be enrolled in the Foundation’s 25 schools providing education to 15% of Hafizabad ’s school going population.
- The quality of education has to be ensured in each of the schools, and at all levels.
Progress against targets (i) and (ii) are monitored in terms of the numbers as indicated. The educational quality standards are monitored through:
- A teacher selection process based on merit, training, and assessment.
- Cass-based students’ appraisals and tests.
- Students’ performances in the independent Board examinations for higher classes, i.e. 8th to 12th.
Around 4,206 children (33% female) of Hafizabad are currently receiving formal, quality education in the Foundation’s schools. This allows them to develop their intellect in the short term, and become responsible, independent, and successful citizens in the longer run. Current students are also having a positive influence on their siblings and parents. Moreover, since the establishment of the foundation, hundreds of students have graduated from the schools and are engaged in higher studies in prestigious colleges and/or have entered professional careers.
The main instrument to measure the impact of the Foundation’s services is through the grades achieved by students in their Board examinations from grades 8 to 12. Around 80% of the Foundation’s students have been achieving first division (60% plus) marks in the past several years, with a large proportion of which receiving ‘A’ grades (high first division). Such success in the Board exams has played a pivotal role in building the lives and livelihood of these children.
The Foundation’s diligent efforts in providing quality education to rural areas have had a fundamental impact on the lives of its pupils. We have always believed it is every citizen’s right to have an easy access to education and to be given equal opportunities in life so to progress and prosper. An educated society is one that contributes to its full potential in the development of a nation.