Education

The education component of NUR Community Outreach Program was launched in 1996 through setup of NUR Community Schools, now known as NUR Foundation Schools. As of 2017, 18,000 students from under-privileged backgrounds have completed their primary & secondary education from NUR Foundation Schools. Currently, 1750 students are studying in peri-urban areas of Lahore i.e. Malikpur, Lakhudair, Gajjumatta and NainSukh In 1985, the primary education component was set up through the NUR Community Outreach Program, with the formation of NUR Foundation Schools in outreach areas of Lahore. The education component began with three schools in Malikpur, Nainsukh and Gajjumata, with a strenghth of 18 teachers and 1435 students (660 in Nain Sukh375 ,inMalikpur and 400 in Gajjumatta).

As of 2014, 18,000 students from less privileged backgrounds have completed their primary and secondary education. Today, there are 12 NUR Foundation Schools, in Lakhodair, Nainsukh, and Malikpur, Talwara, HaibatMastoi etc.

Schools

A total of 11 schools and 1 degree college are currently being operated by ABNI and NUR Foundation, the details of which are given below.

  1. NUR foundation primary School Malikpur Jalo Mor Lahore.
  2. NUR foundation High School Malikpur Jalo Mor Lahore (for girls)
  3. NUR foundation High School Malikpur Jalo Mor Lahore (for Boys)
  4. NUR foundation Degree college Malikpur Jalo Mor Lahore (for girls)
  5. NUR foundation primary School Lakhudair GT Road Lahore.
  6. NUR foundation High School Lakhudair GT Road Lahore (for girls)
  7. NUR foundation primary School Talwara Bata Pur Lahore.( 2 non formal schools)
  8. NUR foundation primary School Gajjumatta Ferozpur Road near Kannah Nuh Lahore
  9. NUR foundation primary School Nishter Ferozpur Road Lahore
  10. NUR foundation primary School Main Stop Gajjumatta Ferozpur Road Lahore
  11. NUR foundation primary School Nain Sukh near Sheikhupura Road Lahore (12 non formal schools)

As of today, there are more than 1,800 students currently enrolled in the NUR Foundation Schools, 921 girls and 804 boys. The students have traditionally performed well. A snapshot of the results in 2015 is given below.

 Students Comparison of Achievement of Govt. School, Private School and Private Students in Grade 5,8 and 10 Grade-5
Grand Score (Mean) Male (Mean) Female (Mean)
Private School Students 288 282 298
Govt. School Students 265 257 273
Private Students 248 239 261
NUR Foundation Schools School 317 310 324
 Students Comparison of Achievement of Govt. School, Private School and Private Students in Grade 5,8 and 10 Grade-8
Grand Score (Mean) Male (Mean) Female (Mean)
Private School Students 314 306 232
Govt. School Students 294 285 304
Private Students 260 252 273
NUR Foundation Schools School 311 313 310

Operational Model

The process of admission is as follows.

A comprehensive strategy is adopted to increase enrolment in the schools. The salient features of the enrolment strategy are as follows:

The committee is commission each year 4 months prior to admissions. The committee develops an annual target, action plan, and sets aside resources to prepare parents and other community members to become turnaround advocates and leaders themselves. This involves extensive community awareness campaigns for the same.

Through the health and nutrition camps, awareness sessions and community engagement sessions, standardized messages are given to the community to ensure they send their children to school. The intent is to increase enrolment in any school.
Inform the community members through every possible source and tools.

Throughout the year communities are inquired about their perceptions about NUR Foundation schools through common space conversations, public forums, surveys and focus groups—in order to understand and address local issues and concerns. The fact that community is able to observe and experience the seriousness of NUR Foundation is taken up very positively and helps in putting out a good word.

Community Involvement Days are celebrated where students and parents are invited to the school to celebrate a day as picnic. Common activities are arranged on regular basis helping in ice-breaking and strengthens the trust of families in the schools.

In order to ensure that student attendance is complete, the first step is to ensure that teachers are regular. Detailed monitoring of the same is done on regular basis, including sharing feedback with teachers

Standard Operating Procedures

The schools operate as per designated and approved standard operating procedures.

ELE is ensured through use of innovative teaching aids such as display, block exercises, group exercises, mock tests, quizzes, assembly drills, extracurricular trips, games etc.

A unique model is in place at NUR Foundation Schools, where students from NUR Student Leadership Program are brought to the schools on community rotations where they interact with students at the schools, conduct interactive learning and studying sessions. The students from the foundation schools also participate in the Student Leadership Program.

he students of FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry together with students of NUR International University and FMH Institute of Allied Health Sciences conduct school health and social awareness camps in the NUR Foundation Schools. These interactions not only are form of infotainment but also make effective use of children as conduit of education and health messages in their families and communities.

NUR Foundation strongly believes in completing the entire chain of life improvement cycle. Of the 70 teachers currently working in NUR Foundation Schools, 28 are former students of the school. NUR Foundation also offers vocation training opportunities to the students as well as other members of the community through the Nainsukh VTI centres.

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