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Welcome To Mashal Model School

Mashal is a self-funded school (i.e. registered trust), comprising of 860 children in classes ranging from nursery to class 10. The school consists of underprivileged children, the majority of whom have never been to school before. These children face hardships at home, as well as at work, when selling items such as flowers, shopping bags and sweets, and washing cars on the streets of Bari Imam. They have little choice, but to survive on their own in the company of gangs on the street. They are vulnerable to abuse and exploitations of all forms. Despite most of the children's traumatic past experiences, through the assistance of Mashal School, they are able to overcome their inhibitions and eventually develop a sense of trust and dignity which allows them to finally live their lives as children and possess a deserved sense of belonging. 560 students have mainstreamed in Government schools due to Mashal's efforts to date (2016).

  • Donate Now

    For Donations and Sponsorships, you can directly deposit the amount in the following banks

    For Pakistan:
    Bank: JS Bank, Blue Area, Islamabad
    Account Title: Mashal Trust
    Account No. 0000281735
    Account Title 2: Mashal Model School
    Account No. 000155172

    For International:

    Intermediary Bank: Mashreq Bank London
    Intermediary Swift Code: MSHQGB2L
    Intermediary Bank AC No: 00010855

  • Help & Support

    Make a donation in person by suppling goods for the school
    - New and Used Clothes - Food and Ongoing Needs - Soap/Toothbrushes - Medical Supplies - School Books/Stationary/Furniture - Students Uniforms

  • Volunteering

    You can also volunteer for the school by teaching the students, arranging games with them, sports, student activities, clay/art work etc.

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  • 860

    children

  • 5500

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  • 41101

    Volunteers

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Zeba Husain
Director/Principal

My name is Zeba Husain and I am a mother of three with work experience of over 26 years, both in the US and Pakistan. During this time I worked initially, for five years, with elementary school children. Then I went on to work for UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) in the capacity of a social services officer for Pakistan, which dealt with health education and social issues. While in the US, I completed my elementary education degree and obtained an International Diploma from MCI (Montessori Center International London) in Early Childhood Education. On the basis of these qualifications, I went on to teach in the US for three years in the capacity of a Kindergarten Teacher. I came to Pakistan after the demise of my father, to live with my mother. Here, I worked with a USAID funded project, as a literacy coordinator for the ICT areas, and worked with 118 school as a part of CRI (Children's Resources International, USA) team. After completing my M.A in Political Sciences, I discovered that I had a benign tumor situated in my brain. As I always had a passion for helping the marginalized groups and a lifetime goal to set up an institution dealing with children belonging to low-income groups, I realized that now was the time to act and began my pursuit to take these dreams and make them mine. Thus, I began the venture of Mashal School, which I started two years ago, to provide holistic education to the street children of the Nurpur Shaha Islamabad. It is a self-funded school (i.e. registered trust), comprising of 448 children in classes ranging from nursery to class 8. The school consists of 228 boys and 220 girls who have never been to school before. These children face hardships at home, as well as at work, when selling items such as flowers, shopping bags and sweets, and washing cars on the streets of Bari Imam. They have little choice, but to survive on their own in the company of gangs on the street. They are vulnerable to abuse and exploitations of all forms. Despite most of the children's traumatic past experiences, through the assistance of Mashal School, they were able to overcome their inhibitions and eventually develop a sense of trust and dignity which allowed them to finally live their lives as children and possess a sense of belonging. At Mashal, 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. We follow the National Book Foundation curriculum set by the Board of Education in Pakistan. 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 who have been trained by the Teacher Trainer, keeping in mind the background of these children. The school also has afternoon sewing classes for the community women, mother's of students and young girls. The space created for the women, not only provides them with the opportunity to build their skills, but provides them with an avenue to share their problems, experiences, as well as joys with each other.

  • Mashal Model School, Mohalla Luss, Nur Pur Shahan, Bari Imam
  • Islamabad, Pakistan

Frequent Asked Question

Frequently Asked Questions

- How long has this school been established?
Ans. It started in December, 2008.

- Is this registered with the government?
Ans. It is a registered trust with the Government of Pakistan

- Where is it located?
Ans. It is located in G-5 Sector (Bari Imam) near the Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad.

- What curriculum does the school follow?
Ans.  National Scheme of Studies and The Oxford University Press curriculum is followed.

- What is the fee structure?
Ans. Fees is Rs. 50 ($0.5) and Rs. 100 ($1) per month but 40% of the students are studying for free.

- What does the school provide to the child?
Ans. Mashal provides safe environment for learning, books, bags, uniforms, shoes and food items. There are library facilities, medical insurance facilities, computer laboratories and science laboratories. Mashal also provides sewing and wood work classes for skill development for fathers/mothers.

- Do you accept volunteers?
Ans. Yes we accept volunteers and we want the volunteers to teach something to our children such as Art Activites, Stories, Preparing Food, Painting, Sports, Games, Claywork etc.

- How is this school getting funded?
Ans. It started off with self funding and continues to be funded by friends, relativies and is funded by embassies who give small grants for educational projects.

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