Divisions between people of different religions run very deep in Pakistan. The founders of Faisalabad School for Peace believe that poverty and lack of education are major causes of these divisions that cause intolerance between religious groups. The Faisalabad School for Peace seeks to promote peace and harmony in Pakistan by creating a community where children of different religions come together to learn, to play and to grow. They also believe that it is important to offer quality education to girls, many of whom are denied access to schooling in Pakistan.
Based in the city of Faisalabad in the Punjab, the school started on 1 March 2017 with 30 Muslim and Christian children. The school provides free education, including books, uniforms, stationery and meals, to children from disadvantaged families—brick makers, orphans and children with disabilities. The school focusses on children from these groups because they are vulnerable to falling into slavery or being recruited by religious extremists.
Faisalabad School for Peace believes that education is the best tool to bring peace to Pakistan. Its goal is to use education to break down religious and social barriers between people of all religions in Pakistan, including Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. In particular, they seek to empower women in their communities.
The school has already completed construction of two classrooms, which houses the existing 30 students. In order to complete the school registration process, an additional two classrooms need to be built, ready for the start of the 2018 school year, in March 2018.
In partnership with Anglican Aid, Faisalabad School for Peace is seeking to raise $30,000 for the building work by July 2017 so that construction can begin. This money will also pay for a fence and guard towers to be built around the school. These security features are a government requirement of all schools in Pakistan to ensure the children’s safety.
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