SHAH SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOL PROJECT BACKGROUND AND UPDATES
Javed Sultan, executive director of SARID, recently visited
the Shah School to meet with the administrator, see the classrooms,
talk to the teachers about their needs and discuss possible
Nursery & Kindergarten teachers lamented the dirth of
educational toys in their classrooms. The playground was a
small, dusty square and the "computer Lab" had no
computers. SARID has since bought toys for the pre-school
classes, equipped the playground with swings and see-saws
and installed two Pentium©4 computers in the Lab.
By working with the school, SARID has identified several
key areas that are most in need of improvement.
facilities - while SARID
has funded the recent upgrading of the school's physical plant,
there is much that needs to be provided for and maintained:
- better classrooms
- recreation facilities
development & teacher training - SARID would
like to implement a more comprehensive & useful curriculum
than the one currently in use at the school in order to raise
the standard of the education received by these impoverished
students to that enjoyed by financially better off children.
Training/Adult Literacy program, Shah Vocational
Centre - while SARID's emphasis is on women and specifically
on teaching quilting it is not limited to these spheres. The
students also learn embroidery and dress making, disciplines
involving accurate measurement, focus and time management.
The needlework endeavour has spun off a literacy program for
those girls who cannot read or write. Recently, SARID initiated
a "Learn English" program to enable students to
follow manuals etc., which are predominantly in English, as
well as to develop basic conversational skills. 20 women,
ages ranging from 18 to 50 years, have enrolled to date.
By staying with
the program and continuing their education these students
will become competent, capable women with a better chance
of being the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
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