Travelling Exhibition, Letters for Dreams & Records
Student projects displayed at Design for Change Pakistan Travelling Exhibition      February 2012

Four Zindagi Trust schools won prizes in the world’s largest Design for Change Pakistan Contest in November last year, in which children aged 8 to 13 identify and propose solutions to the problems their local communities face. The Award Certificate Ceremony for the winners of the competition was held at the Arts Council on the 31st of January 2012 along with a two-day travelling exhibition of this year’s winning stories of change. Students from 35 different schools whose winning stories of change were selected from 7000 entries from all over Pakistan were also present at the event. This was a memorable occasion for the students from Zindagi Trust’s non-formal schools for working children as well as those from our public school reform project’s flagship school, SMB Fatima Jinnah. They were very excited to be there to receive certificates and gift for their efforts, as well as interact with visitors and other students to exchange ideas. Some of them were questioned about their projects by teachers from other schools and their confident answers impressed everyone.
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     In this issue:

  • Design for Change Exhibition
  • Letter-Writing Competition
  • Record Admissions at SMB
  • Ambreen Hameed
  • Donate via Cellphone
  • Volunteer Spotlight Computer Graphics
  • Cleanliness Week
Record admissions at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School
It’s that time of the year again: New admissions at the SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School that Zindagi Trust has adopted as its flagship school for public school reform. This is the second year in a row that our new management has run the admissions process and, with streamlined notices, advance announcements, and computerized records, we hope to have made it a much smoother experience for all involved, particularly the applicants, their parents and the teachers managing everything in addition to their teaching workload. We are pleased to report that the school received a record 1000 applications for new admissions—a heartening development considering the low enrollment and high dropout rates usually associated with public schools in Pakistan!
Paid to Learn students shine in Kumak’s national letter-writing competition
Students from Zindagi Trust participated and won the Special Prize in a creative letter-writing competition organized by Kumak Pakistan, an organization striving to promote unity and ownership in the youth of Pakistan. The competition encouraged Pakistanis to share their dreams in writing. It was open to all ages and was judged by literary figures on the basis of originality of idea and creativity. Students from our non-formal programme for working children were delighted to be the youngest participants and winners at the presentation ceremony, where their work was lauded as moving and heartfelt.
Volunteer of the Month
Amna Khalid is a university student who, upon completing courses in graphics, web design and 3D max animation, became committed to teach some of the practical skills she had learned to underprivileged girls studying at the SMB Fatima Government Girls School. She approached us herself and has been volunteering her time to teach a lab full of 40 girls once a week. The class has been going well with more and more girls wanting to join, despite the fact that they have to stay back after regular school hours to attend. Amna is a selfless, committed volunteer who shies from praise, saying she isn’t doing anyone but herself a favour because teaching her skills is something she wants to do. Kudos to your attitude, Amna!

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!

In the Spotlight: Sports teacher selected in top 10 in Asian football coaching course
Ambreen Hameed, one of the star sports teachers at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School, was recently selected as one of the 18 women to participate in the 14-day training for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ Certificate Women Coaching Course held to promote the sport in the country. She was one of only six participants from Karachi and completed the course ranked in the top 10. Ambreen is now qualified to coach football anywhere in Asia—well done!

Here is Ambreen in her own words:


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     More Highlights
  • A teacher training workshop was held for the Rawalpindi region’s non-formal schools. The newly-appointed Kindergarten teachers were trained by the senior teachers and plans for the new year’s academic calendar were also discussed and finalized.

  • The Rawalpindi region held an end-of-year meeting in which the best-performing schools and teachers of the Paid to Learn programme were commended.
  • Cleanliness Week was observed in all the Paid to Learn schools across Pakistan to promote environmental awareness in the street children enrolled in our non-formal schools.
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 ...
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