PAT Educational Initiatives Program Launched

April 13, 2009

The Publican Alumni Trust (PAT) Educational Initiatives Programme was launched at a ceremony held at the F.G. Minwala Girls School on April 13, 2009. About 80 people participated in the event.

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Report by Javed Jabbar

Dear fellow Publicans,

Salaams.

The Educational Support Programme of the Publican Alumni Trust, as you have already heard, was launched at a special ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday 13th April 2009 in the auditorium pf the F.G. Minwalla Girls’ Public School, Karachi Cantonment.
Brief details which you have not previously received, follow.

1. About 80 persons attended, 10 more than anticipated !

2. They comprised Brigadier M. Asif, head of the Directorate at GHQ in Rawalpindi that administers the network of schools in Cantonment areas, who travelled specially to Karachi for the event. He gave a most informative address and rounded it off by announcing a contribution of Rs100,000 to PAT. Later, he phoned to say that he is also authorizing immediate renovation of the auditorium and the boys’ canteen at a cost of about Rs.800,000 and that this should be seen as a joint initiative by PAT and the Directorate. I have already sent him a letter of thanks. His colleague in Karachi, Lt. Colonel Tariq Mehmood was also there, in a smart Army uniform.

3. The 2 Principals, senior staff, the 21 teachers participating in the 8-day Teachers’ Capacity-building Workshop , over 30 girl and boy students from both schools and about 20 Publicans completed the gathering.

4. The place was pleasant and breezy, despite a hot afternoon outside, no electricity ( but with a small generator we had rented ) and no special frills. Neat, adequate seating and simple, tasteful catering by La Roche was arranged by Khawaja Fariduddin. Lunch was served at about 1.25 p.m.

5. Atiq Rahman conducted the proceedings with competence. After soul-stirring tilawat by a school boy, yours truly introduced the background of PAT for the benefit of the students and advised them to spend the next 50 years building a somewhat more cohesive Pakistan than the one that got built, and unbuilt, in the previous 50 to 60 years.

6. Zohair Ashir outlined the Educational Support Programme of PAT with precise as well as approximate dates up to end December 2009, and referred also to the intent to concretise a long-term programme for the next few years.

7. Mrs Rubina Naqvi of the Teachers’ Resource Centre provided the background to the Centre, the 30,000 teachers it has helped so far and the content and process of the Workshop of the next 2 weeks.

8. The 2 Principals, Mrs M. Aslam and Mrs. R. Jalil conveyed details about their respective schools, expressed their thanks to PAT and to the Directorate. The F.G. Minwalla Girls’ School is ranked as one of the best schools in the country’s Cantt. network of over 300 schools.

9. Each Publican present, including Trustees, was acknowledged by name and applauded.

10. Admiral (r) Shahid Karimullah gave the concluding remarks, stressed the enduring value of education and the vast potential each student had for outstanding achievement and appreciated the high quality of TRC capacity building work. The proceedings were recorded for posterity on video tape and in still pictures.

11. Soon after the conclusion of the ceremony at about 3:00 p.m , the Workshop for teachers commenced.

12. Participation in the Workshop itself by the teachers and by both Principals and senior staff is most enthusiastic and attentive. I have briefly observed proceedings on 15th April and 16th April and found that Mrs Naqvi is an able and amiable Workshop director who keeps attendees fully involved and responsive. They are even being given homework !

13. Mrs Mazhar , former Principal of the F.G. Minwalla Girls, School also attended and was warmly welcomed.

14. The Workshop concludes at 4 pm on Thursday 23rd April 2009 at the F.G. Minwalla Girls’ Public School at which time each Trustee and the Chairman and members of the Advisory Council are requested to be present to hand over Certificates of Participation to each of the 21 teachers.

Note the dates and activities of the total Programme available on the web-site. Try to be part of them !

Thank you for your attention and your participation in PAT.

With best wishes

Javed Jabbar

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Dear PAT Supporter

I am writing to express my personal gratitude for your support to The Publican Alumni Trust (PAT) over the years. Your belief in the cause of education has made all the difference in the lives of children from less privileged community who would otherwise may have never seen the inside of a classroom.

I am also very pleased to share that with countless blessings of Allah and your support; the facilities of The Publican School have been upgraded to cater for students from Class 1 to Matriculation.  Besides renovation of the current school building this necessitated construction of an additional floor to accommodate additional classrooms, laboratories and library.  The current student strength stands at over 400 and the student registration is expected to grow in coming years.  Now, more than ever, we need your financial support for the following:

 

As we approach the month of sharing and generosity, let us renew our promise today … to the children studying in The Publican School … and to the many more who are languishing in failing schools or are left wandering aimlessly on the streets. Let us vow that we will not look away or leave them behind … that we will give them what they need and deserve …. a reason to hope for a better tomorrow. Your Zakat and donations can help them change their lives and give them reason to dream!

Please give your Zakat & Donations generously by making a crossed cheque in favour of “Publican Alumni Trust” and sending it to:

 

The Publican School

C‐172, Sector 35‐A, Zaman Town Korangi No: 4Karachi.

 

Or make a direct deposit in the PAT Account at:

 

Account Title:        Publican Alumni Trust

Account No:          0000 4116 5050 1568

IBAN:                     PK15 ASCM 0000 4116 5050 1568

SWIFT Code:        ASCMPKKA

Bank Name:          Askari Bank

Bank Address:      Bahadurabad Branch Zeenat Terrace, 265, Block‐3

Bahadur Yar Jang Society Karachi.

 

I wish you a blessed month of Ramadan

Regards

Chairman and Members Board Of Trustees