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Project information

Improving education for the poor of Pakistan

To radically improve the quality of the education for the poor, marginalized communities in Pakistan to give them hope and enable them to get better jobs to support their families and lift them from dire poverty.

April 2012 - April 2013

Charity information: Aqueduct

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  • Need


    Marginalised, persecuted poor communities are disempowered by their lack of any education condemns them to low paid casual labour. Education offers a way out of poverty and gives hope of a better futures and improves their quality of life . Most of the marginalized communities have a literacy rate of 1-10% (Much lower for women)


    Aqueduct wants to build on the success of the existing 8 schools (Student numbers have doubled to 500 in the last 2 years ) in those communities where there is no access to education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Extend and improve the physical facilities of the schools provided by the community


    » Install toilets in 2 schools where there are none
    » Provide enches and desk where there are none
    » Provide shade in 2 schools for classes which, because of shortage of space have moved outside
    » Provide curtains to separate classes held in the same room

    What success will look like

    Success will be... demonstrated by a) photos and invoices of equipment and building works sent to Aqueduct b) auditing visits from Aqueduct , UK.

    Aim 2

    Improve the quality of teaching.


    » 6 days of teacher training per year for 3 years
    » provide lap tops and intent connection for the inspector and the head teachers to enable them to email and download educational resources

    What success will look like

    Success will be.demonstrated by a) improved monitored performance of the teachers b) improved monitored performance of the students.

    Aim 3

    Provide poor students with facilities


    » provide cloth so that the students can make their own uniforms
    » Provide school books for 3 years for those that cannot afford them

    What success will look like

    Success will be.demonstrated by.a) photos and invoices of equipment and building works sent to Aqueduct b) auditing visits from Aqueduct , UK..

    Aim 4

    4 Improve overall management of the school


    » Appoint a school Inspector’s salary for 3 years of an to set and mark school tests
    » provide him with a motor bike for school inspector with a so that he can visit

    What success will look like

    Success will be.demonstrated by. the keeping of records of the performance of the teachers and students which are used used to improve the running of the schools

  • Impact


    The project will for the first time provide good quality education in these communities.

    We will demonstrate the success of this project by:
    • The results of school tests and examinations.
    • The quality of the teaching as reported by the inspector
    • The number of students passing matriculation (GCSE) exams
    • The number of children not leaving at 8 yrs old to start work to feed their families


    There are few risks because the project is built on an existing successful system and because there are no alternatives to Aqueduct’s schools.
    The greatest risk is that the individual teachers and the inspector will not have the capacity to do what is required of them. This will be managed by
    • an existing structured local management and financial control system
    • relating performance to pay
    • careful monitoring locally and from the UK with inspections visits from Aqueduct UK.


    Aqueduct has an existing 6 monthly Newsletter and web site both of which will carry reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,700 Improving facilities toilets, desks
      £5,600 Manangemtn New Schools Inspector
      £5,500 Equipping students Cloth scholarships
      £7,000 Teachers Training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hoyes £600 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project relates to 8 schools which started some 10 years ago with only one school. (Aqueduct starts a new school every year as funds allow and as communities are able to provide a place to meet.) The schools are scattered throughout the Lahore urban area amongst the poor communities which mostly work making bricks many under a indenture system (a form of financial slavery). The schools are a tangible sign that they are not forgotten and that there is hope of getting out of dire poverty.


    Initially the 500 existing students will benefit and in some way it will enrich the lives of their families (possibly 4,000 people) and also the community possibly a total of 50,000.

    The training of the teachers will benefit students for years to come.

    Our long term objective is to use the schools as training centers for the community especially for primary health care. This poor

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Aqueduct is the only charity working with these communities
    • Aqueduct works through an existing and effective community structure
    • Aqueduct has already been running schools for 10 years in Pakistan
    • The project will just not happen without a grant
    • The teacher and management are committed because they know they have no other opportunities
    • Aqueduct does not deduct any money for its UK operations; iIt is entirely run by volunteers

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    • Bishop Younis Haroon (Pakistan)

    He leads 28 pastors and is the leader of these communities. He is passionate about education for the poor


per month will pay for a scholarship for two girls