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"New hope" - establishment of vocational training center for children

The project will be implemented in the slums of Bari Imam, on the outskirts of Islamabad. It is a district occupied by 40,000 residents, who represent the most impoverished part of the society. Most residents cannot write and have no prospect for obtaining education. Children living in Bari Imam have to begin work very early in life, having no qualifications, in order to provide for their families. For instance, they gather and sell flowers, wash cars, sell sweets and collect waste. They have no prospects, thus in order to survive, they have to join local gangs, where they become victims of abuse and maltreatment. Thanks to the work performed by the Mashal Model School in the last several years, approximately 2,000 children received primary education and a chance to change their lives. Currently, 460 students (230 boys and 230 girls) attend the school.

Forty-two teachers employed in the school come from the same Bari Imam community. They were trained to work with the youngest pupils and those who are over 16 years of age, and come from difficult environments. The Mashal School implements the teaching programme developed by the Pakistan Federal Board of Education, as a result of which children who obtained primary education can continue learning in state-owned facilities. However, due to the lack of resources and further marginalisation, they are unable to continue education and receive, for instance a vocational certificate.

"New hope" - establishment of vocational training center for children

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 31 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Islamabad and its local partner, the Mashal Model School charity organisation. Its objective is to create a vocational training centre, which will allow the youth from the marginalised Bari Imam community to acquire basic vocational skills. In the past, in order to acquire such skills, it was necessary to continue learning in a state-owned facility after completing the tenth grade, however, due to the lack of resources and further marginalisation, it proved to be impossible. As part of the project, the facility is planning to open four training classes - tailoring, advanced computer training (IT), carpentry and training for physical education instructors. Creating the training centre will allow children who are unable to continue education in state-owned facilities to acquire certain skills, which they will find useful in the future. These skills answer the needs of the market, thus they will help them to find jobs in the future, which presents an alternative to joining gangs, collecting waste and, possibly, being recruited by extremist organisations. It will contribute to the permanent improvement of their situation and, consequently, the situation of their families.

Teenagers over 16 years of age attending the Mashal school will be the final beneficiaries of the project. From July to December 2016, the number of people attending the courses will amount to 240. The course will last three months and each class will consist of 25 - 30 students.

The project is addressed to teenagers over 16 years of age, residing in the slums of Bari Iman, Islamabad. The families of the course participants, who will be provided with regular means of subsistence, will be the indirect beneficiaries of the project. It is estimated that their number will amount to approximately 1,000 people by 31 December 2016.

"New hope" - establishment of vocational training center for children

The project was implemented in accordance with the plan, from 1 July to 31 December 2016. It provided for creating a vocational training centre for the marginalised teenagers from the slums of Bari Imam, Islamabad. Four training classes were created: tailoring, advanced computer training, carpentry and training for physical education instructors. The actions taken within the framework of the project were divided into two phases. The first phase consisted in creating the centre and ensuring full functionality by renting the premises, recruiting teachers and instructors, developing course programmes, purchasing tools and printing course books. The second phase consisted in conducting three-month courses. During the implementation of the project, the Pakistani rupee exchange rate fluctuated against the euro, as a result of which the facility could spend the additional amount, which was used to purchase three additional sewing machines and two computers.

The project was co-financed by the Polish Aid grant amounting to PLN 75,148 (EUR 14,700) and its entire value amounted to PLN 147,373 (EUR 35,300). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.1749.