Design for Change, Awareness & Sports
 Zindagi Trust students shine in Design for Change Challenge   December 2011

Students from across Zindagi Trust’s network of schools brainstormed and submitted their creative ideas to the world’s largest Design for Change School Challenge, where children aged 8-13 identify and propose solutions to the problems their local communities face.

4 of our schools were selected among the top 35 projects from thousands of entries nationwide. SMB Fatima Jinnah School and I am Paid to Learn schools in Manzoor Colony, Zia Colony and Drigh Road won prizes in the Boldest Idea, the Quickest Impact and the Maximum Potential for Lasting Change categories.
Some of the ideas our students developed included an effort to promote awareness about safe drinking water, a school enrollment drive, a viral campaign for first-aid training and a campaign to educate against child marriages. Read More...


  In this issue:

  • Football Win

  • Design for Change Challenge

  • Health Insurance

  • Sexual Abuse Awareness

  • Ex-Mayor’s Visit

  • Donate via Cellphone

  • Volunteer Spotlight:
    Kinder-garten Coordinator

  • Eid + Children’s Day Celebrated
Fatimah Jinnah wins Inter-School Football   Participates in Knockout Netball & Throwball
SMB Fatima Jinnah School's Football team won a knockout inter-school football tournament after winning successive matches against Malir Colony School and defending champions Asif School. The girls not only won the tournament but also broke a 5-year record by doing so. Rabail Lateef & Humera Rasool Baksh were the stars of the competition for Fatima Jinnah. Well done to the girls and their awesome sports teachers, specially to football coach, Ambreen Hameed!
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The school recently participated in knockout tournaments in both netball and throwball. Netball was a 5-team event in which Fatima Jinnah lost to Nasra and were knocked out. The throwball team participated in its first-ever inter-school event at Comprehensive School. The girls fought hard but went down fighting 11-15, 13-15. They enjoyed the opportunity to compete with other schools and vowed to win next time.


Also in Sports: Sports coordinator Saba Naz selected as TOPS master trainer, invited to train at the British Council.  
  Health Insurance Benefits Orientation at Zindagi Trust schools
Naya Jeevan, a non-profit enterprise that provides affordable healthcare to low-income families, has partnered with Zindagi Trust to guarantee health insurance to students and teachers in our schools. A Naya Jeevan team visited the “I am Paid to Learn” schools of the South region & distributed School Health Insurance Cards to students & teachers. They also conducted a workshop for the parents of the students at the schools, during which they explained health insurance benefits as well as the procedure to use the health insurance cards at partner hospitals and care-providers. A similar workshop was also held for parents at Fatima Jinnah School. Read More.
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Volunteer Spotlight
Munawar Jahan, a private tutor for several years as well as a certified Montessori teacher/trainer, is a passionate volunteer who serves full-time as the coordinator for the Kindergarten section at our Fatima Jinnah School.
Ever since her children finished their education, she became committed to devoting her skills and experience to community service to “pay back my debt to my country.”
She is in every morning to oversee teachers and plan interesting activities for the children based upon Montessori principles. She has also helped develop a materials room stocked with local tools for educating the young minds in a creative way.  

Munawar believes Pakistan’s real revolution will be universal education, which will itself lead to an improvement in healthcare and the economy. “I work with these children because they are Pakistan’s treasure,” she says. You and them both, Munawar—hats off to you!

If you or someone you know would also like to contribute your skills and time to help Zindagi Trust educate Pakistan’s future, please email us at!

Supporters in the US can now donate directly to
Zindagi Trust via text message, thanks to our partner, GlobalGiving. To donate $10 to our Breakfast Programme, which provides milk and meals to kindergarten astudents at SMB Fatima Jinnah Govt Girls School:
Simply text GIVE 5950 to 80088
You can text as many times as you like! Normal messaging
rates apply. Spread the word to support meals for underprivileged students at Fatimah Jinnah. Thanks to GlobalGiving for making this possible without any extra charges for you! Read More ...
Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Workshop
The parents of students of classes 3-4 at Fatima Jinnah School were invited to an awareness session on child sexual abuse led by our partner NGO, Aahung. They were educated about their child’s development, behavioural changes to look out for and the likely causes of abuse at that age.

They learned how to prevent such circumstances and how to protect their children from them. They participated with enthusiasm and supported the awareness programme, leaving with a good understanding of how to detect and handle a child abuse situation. The workshop was supervised by Nazo (Aahung) and led by the art teachers she trained in the abuse awareness course. Read More...

Former Mayor of Karachi Visits Fatima Jinnah School’s Student Awards’ Ceremony
An awards’ ceremony was held at the Fatima Jinnah School to recognize and felicitate the students of Class IX (Science & General Groups) who achieved A1 and A grades in the 2011 Board Exams.  The former mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal, visited the school on this occasion and presented award certificates to the star students. He acknowledged the efforts of not only the students, but also that of the teachers and the Zindagi Trust staff in bringing about a transformation in the academic standards as well as the co-curricular activities at the school. Read More.
Other highlights
- A workshop on safe hand-washing techniques was held at Fatima Jinnah and at all PTL schools in Karachi
- Eid-ul-Adha and Children’s Day was celebrated by all Zindagi Trust schools with festivity and fervour
- Fatima Jinnah School won 30 medals in a local athletics meet—details next month!
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