AAKHT plans to educate 10 million Pakistani children
SEPTEMBER 10: Chairman and CEO of the Bol Media Group and leading IT Company, Axact, Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh has launched a trust, which plans to provide free education to at least 10 million Pakistani children.
The first school under the ‘Aik Allah Kafi Hai Trust (AAKHT) will be launched in 2022, a spokesman of the Trust said on Friday. “At least 10,000 students will be enrolled in our first school, which will be expanded in the coming years… this will be our first stop towards attaining the goal of educating 10 million children,” he said.
The AAKHT – led by Ayesha Shaikh as its director — aims to introduce a self-sustaining English-medium education system which would meet world class standards.
Education will be made accessible and affordable to all in Pakistan, the spokesman said.
According to UNICEF, Pakistan has the world’s second-highest number of out-of-school children. An estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 do not attend school, representing 44 per cent of the total population in this age group, UNICEF figures say.
The AAKHT plans to establish its schools across Pakistan in a phased manner, targeting mainly children, both boys and girls, belonging to the low-income families.
In the AAKHT-run schools, students would also be provided fee-lodging, uniform, books, meals and laundry facilities. “The hostel rooms would be spacious and clean, comprising all the facilities and amenities,” the spokesman said.
Children would also be given access to modern educational facilities, including computers and indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including swimming, basketball, squash and cricket and hockey.
Boarding facility would also be provided to the staff.
It is only through education, Pakistan would be able to develop an efficient workforce, said the spokesman. “And AAKHT aims to make its contribution in this national cause,” he added.
The AAKHT focuses on three major sectors — education, food & shelter and healthcare.
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