What We Teach

"We opened Qalam school to give our children hope; an education and much more; to give them a better, cleaner and caring environment; to teach them how to take good care of themselves. We attend to their personal hygiene (they take baths at school if needed). They are taught how to eat properly, behave appropriately, use words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, and to share. Simply, we try to help them be good human beings.

They are taught how to read, write and express themselves in English and Urdu. They are taught Math, basic concepts of science, social studies, and general knowledge. Their education also includes the basic knowledge of their religion, a mandatory part of the national educational curriculum. For recreation, they play football, board games, and have a poems period as well.

Due to a lack of basic education and unavailability of tools that promote and develop a creative mind, we found that they came to us with somewhat of a ‘narrow vision’ (thankfully they had limited exposure to TV and internet). We therefore try to bring out their creativity and help them develop their imagination. We regularly engage them in artwork, which includes coloring, pasting, cutting, drawing, coloring and making things with simple items.

The children are also taught how to look after their health. They have annual well-being physical, vision and dental exams by a volunteer pediatrician, ophthalmologist and dentist. They are given toothbrushes, toothpaste and vitamins”.

Maliha Sikander
Principal,
The Qalam School.

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Who We Teach

Our children came to us from homes where the parents were not educated. Typically, they would leave their children at home and look for manual labor to earn menial wages. Their children would roam around . . .

What We Teach

Students at The Qalam School are taught how to read, write and express themselves in English and Urdu. They are taught Math, basic concepts of science, social studies, and general knowledge. Their education also includes . . .

Where We Teach

The Qalam School is situated in the outskirts of a small subdivision of Rawalpindi known as Gulistan Colony, behind the famous Ayub Park, off the Grand Trunk road. This area was chosen due to the presence of shack-type dwellings . . .