Mashal Model School is a non-profit charity school which provides education to the street children of Bari Imam, Islamabad, Pakistan. Mashal, a registered charity, follows the National Scheme of studies and Oxford university press curriculum for children who are under privileged. Our mission is to work toward changing the lives of children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. We aspire to drive and inspire street children, educate them, give hope and respect, and promote meaningful life choices. The first rule that we work on as teachers is that physical abuse, in any sense, is non-acceptable, as these children come from a background of constant mistreatment and lack of emotional and directional support. Admissions start from four years onwards and multi-aged children are admitted according to their levels of basic understanding and learning skills. Educating on issues in health and hygiene and particularly protection against abuse is one of the core aims of our modules. At present we have 20 teachers from the same community trained by the Teacher Trainer, keeping in mind the background of these children.
Children from nursery to class - 10 are admitted who have never had the opportunity to go to school before. They have been selling shopping bags, flowers,and sweets at the Darbar since a very young age. Devoid of comfort, security, love and care and have always had to fend for themselves. They are now in Mashal School. Local teachers from the community have been trained in active learning methods of teaching by a professional teacher training workshops conducted at the school special emphasis given to cater for the children's social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs. At present we have 448 students. Special emphasis is given to early childhood education and we have 200 children in our nursery classes. These classes have two teachers each.
Started the Sewing Centre for the women whose children are at the school so that they are able to stitch for there families . At the moment we have enrolled 40 mothers and sisters in these classes.