Path Annual Report 2017

September 6th, 2017

Major Programme Achievements

We are pleased to inform the Management Committee of the progress being made at Rahnuma Public School, our sole project.

The school year ending June 2017 brought many new achievements. Of the six Science Students who sat for their final SSC examinations with AKUB four passed with very good results specially in Urdu, Islamiat, Pakistan Studies and English. Two very weak students who are sisters and come from a difficult background, need to re sit their Math and Physics exams in supplementary papers, but we are hopeful they will clear these.
We have examined the results this year and discovered that in Physics, our students obtained one A and 2 B’s, a high score. In Chemistry we got two B’s and we know the teacher has to do better. Our area of weakness are Mathematics and Biology in which we are looking to train our teachers and hire additional resources.
With the board approval we have expanded the Junior school by taking over the building and as many students as would transfer from APNA School from May 2017. Our admissions closed in June with over 400 students with room for about 50 more students in Senior school. Our plan is to grow this strength through organic growth as our Junior school students moving up in greater numbers into senior school.
We can report that the International Primary Curriculum (used by British Schools all over the world) that we introduced last year has proved hugely successful. Teachers have responded very well to this new method of teaching. We hope to see concrete results as these students move into highschool and demonstrate the skills they are learning to think and analyse information for themselves.
We will continue to monitor and guide the primary school teachers to learn and improve their teaching skills. The school has just concluded one month of training on teaching English and Phonics to primary school students. This was provided by Infaq Foundation Free of cost.

Teacher’s Recruitment

We have added 5 new classes from Nursery to Year 3, giving us two sections each for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3. Five new teachers have been hired for these classes and we are pleased with the new staff who were taken on from May so they could be trained. 5 additional Teacher’s assistants have also been hired to support these teachers.
We now have two Vice Principals, Ms. Saima Ahmed for Primary Section and Ms. Humaira Yasmeen for the Senior Section which will now be housed in the new building we have taken over from Sapna. With a school that had increased capacity by more than 30%, this administrative change is necessary. We also have Ms. Sadia Irshad looking after Early Years and Primary Science and Social Studies Curriculum.

Fund Raising

We have had another successful year of fund raising. We approached three corporate sponsors this year. Of these, this month Infaq Foundation have approved a donation of Rs. 1 million for Rahnuma after we applied for a grant and arranged for several sessions for their team to meet our teachers and staff.
The second organization was Rotary Club, who are still doing their review and we will know about this after they have completed their due diligence in August.

Our individual contributors have also been very generous and have sent us substantial amounts as zakat and other donations.

Upgrade of Facilities

Upgrade of facilities and class rooms continues. This year we have focused on furnishing the five new classes we are adding to the Primary School as well as furnishing the new building. We have budgeted for this additional one time expense.

Future Plans

We have successfully increased our student strength significantly this year. The plan is to now manage the growth of this expanded junior school in a way as to feed into the much smaller senior school without causing disruption for students and teachers. Our plan is to offer only the top studets in Year 6 places in our high school, allowing us to manage the standard of students we fund to SSC. We will ensure that all students who do not get a place in the senior school do get admission elsewhere.

Financial Highlights

We are happy to report that the financial year 2017 we were able to raise sufficient funds to meet the school’s growing needs.

We thank all the staff of Rahnuma and volunteer Board members of PATH who devote so much time to making our work at Rahnuma Public School so successful.

Kishwer Aziz
Secretary
July 30th 2017

Annual Audited Accounts of Path for 2014

April 19th, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS OF PATH AUDITED ACCOUNTS 2013/14

SOURCES OF FUNDS

In the Financial Year 2013-2014 we raised Donations  equal to Rs.4,075,941, a nominal fee from students of Rs. 220,140, and students share of Uniform and Stationary cost of Rs. 142,595. This gave us a Total Funds of Rs. 4,438,676 to spend on the education of nearly 300 children in this year.

EXPENDITURE

We are happy to report that nearly all of this money went towards the direct educational expense of RS. 4,331,436. These  are made up of teachers and staff salaries, school building rent, food program, stationary and books purchased for the students, uniform subsidy provided to all children, and other day to day running expenses and utilities.

Administrative expense of Rs. 234,095 were mainly funds spent on getting certification from the Pakistan Centre of Philanthropy, previous year’s audit expenses, and other registration expenses.

We are also delighted to inform our patrons that this year’s audit was done on a Pro Bono basis by Usmani and Company Chartered Accountants.

The annual audited accounts are provided above for anyone who wishes to see these in more detail.

 

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See the extracts about OLPC from the movie WEB

October 1st, 2014

See this aticle The Next Web, with extended scenes about OLPC laptops not in the cinema release
http://thenextweb.com/media/2014/09/26/web-personal-documentary-one-laptop-per-child-spread-internet/

 

Hakuna Matata Trek to Kilimanjaro Summit

September 28th, 2014

You can see this 9 minute video that captures the highlights of the trip to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. See the school banner raised there

http://youtu.be/Lrv4cmL_8dQ

 

 

Rahnuma makes it to the top of Africa

September 19th, 2014

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Aslam Aziz, Barry Ryan, Bushra Farooqui and Saba Raza, carried Rahnuma Banner to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on 15th of September 2014, after a gruelling final climb.

Welldone guys for carrying our message and holding it high!

OLPC Laptop deployment at Rahnuma- our first year’s progress!

October 22nd, 2012

On the first anniversary of the XO laptops being distributed to the 150 children aged 7 plus, we took stock of their impact. I was confronted with two problems when I arrived in Karachi earlier this month. First teachers and children complained that the battery charge runs out in 3 hours so teachers who have classes later in the day cannot use them, Secondly I was told that children are spending too much time on facebook! I was delighted with this outcome as it demonstrated how well the new technology had been embraced by the children. We had succeeded in bringing them into the 21st century if they had discovered facebook by themselves on the XO’s. With a changing number of students and damaged XO’s, some children are without a laptop. They are now feeling at a loss so their teachers borrow from other classes.

At first the concept of a laptop in the class room at all times was very daunting for traditional teachers who found it an alien tool. So we worked with our teachers to develop a plan on how they can use the XO to enhance the learning of his/her subject .

We decided to modify the first years curriculum so the laptops got a chance to become part of the learning experience. As the level of English at our school was very low, we decided to focus on English (so the internet and the activities on the XO become accessible to our children) and Math. We allowed 9 periods per week for English and Math each, eliminated Sindhi (a provincial language) from the curriculum and decided to teach Islamic Studies in English so this could be another class in which English language material could be searched from the web. Of these 9 lessons Children got 3 lessons each week to do only Math Sugar Activities and three lessons each week for English Sugar Activities like Letters, Typing Turtle, Across and Down, I Can Read, etc.  In addition we have IT three classes a week introducing our students to programming through the use of EToys and scratch. Three lessons of music using Tam Tam and three lessons of Art using Turtle Art, Paint etc.

The introduction of the laptops made us take a closer look at what we  are including in our curriculum and how we are teaching it. We did not like what we saw! So we made changes to textbooks and learning styles too. Math is taught using Khan Academy techniques, while for English we eliminated text books and focused on reading electronic  story books, colorful story tales that children picked themselves. For younger children we introduced story time during which teachers read to them. For Urdu too we have found many electronic books and activities that children can do by joining local book clubs, activities that teachers and students were totally unaware of before. For Social studies we decided to focus 6 months on developing a school magazine/ news paper that would investigate local social issues.

This month we have created a library on our server for holding material useful for the children such as Khan Academy Videos, Ebooks, downloaded exercises and activities from various sites to promote learning through activities. The children can access this library via a WAN through their browser. This has also helped us overcome the unreliable internet access we have through the local telephone company.

Result: laptops are used everyday in class. Grades 6 to 8 take these home every weekend and school days. We have so far only lost 1 laptop. English and Math proficiency has gone up, children love coming to school, attendance is very good and teachers are feeling very positive about what they are doing. We feel confident enough to now take the children in our care all the way to High School (Matriculation) from next year and we have applied for registration with the Aga Khan Examination Board as we feel they offer a better standard of education, more in line with our learning through exploration and discovery approach.

We are now working on a news paper project using the XO

February 16th, 2012

It is now four months since we started using the OLPC XO’s. For the last two months the children of Class 5, 6 and 7  have started working on a project to produce a weekly news letter. The younger classes are doing the reporting while the older children are also editors. The project has generated a great deal of interest. So far our journalists are writing by researching topics of interest. The paper has not yet taken a form where it can be printed or published in electronic for but we are getting there! We have produced 3 draft versions so far.

It has brought out both the creative side of the students as they have the opportunity to write poems, decribe their interests, write about their favourite personalities and places.

Ebooks has also given us big boost in improving our language skills. By downloading free books with pictures and illustrations, our children for the first time have access to fun books to read. The whole class can now read one story together as all 25 students can download the book ontheir XO.

 In an effort to improve the writing and reading skills of all classes, we have suspended grammer and normal syllabus books for the next six months. Children only read from their ebooks and write about what they have read. They are also spoken to in English in the hope that this intensive immersion course will soon bring results.

Class 6 and above all have email accounts now and are emailing each other andsending  their projects by email to their teachers. They are now communicating in writing with others for the first time!

Lesson plans for OLPC XO’s are now being implemented

December 23rd, 2011

In the first month the teachers were using Paint, Write and Record activities to do small projects in their classes. In December we have started making proper lesson plans for each class using Sugar Activities that they would most benefit from. For Social Studies from Class 4 onward, we are introducing the Poll Buider to survey issues that the students are faced with in school and at home. The plan is to publish the results in a weekly news paper. The weekly newspaper will be edited by Class 7 and 8 and published using write and record activities. It will be in English and Urdu and will report on all school activities done on the XO as well as outside it. Children are now being encouraged to read a daily English and Urdu newspaper that the teachers will bring from their homes so they know how to create one.

In English all classes from Kindergarden to Class 7 have downloaded books from various free sources on to their laptops and are using ebooks activity to start reading them in class clollectively. Teachers are making book clubs that can discuss what they are reading and getting children to write all the difficult words down for holding spelling bees and word / meaning contests. The standard of English reading and writing in our school is not good enough for children to maximise their use of their XO laptops. Hence we are making a special push on English reading and vocabulary in the next six months through the use of ebooks. This makes the same book available to all students in the class to read at the same time without our having to go out and buy books for the whole class- an expensive exercise.

In Science we have downloaded the science experiments books in biology and microscience from the OLPC library to ebooks as an aid to their current science lessons. The science students have shared with me some impressive projects they have done on parts of a plant, animal cells, the human digestive system etc by researching the internet through browse activity.

For Kindergardenwe have downloaded the GCOMPRIS suite that helps reading and counting. The puzzle builder is another activity that the younger children are using to help build a better learning ability of how things come together. For math and science we have chosen four activities for each class that support their curriculum. Now our teachers are beggining to see that their is some method to this new maddness we have introduced. I will be going back in March to see how the new lesson plans are working out.

We are delighted to report that the children are now VERY comfortable with their laptops. They sit by their side all day for them to use as needed for each class. Class 6, 7 and 8 are taking their laptops and chargers home. So far we have not had an incident with them.

The XO has now become a classroom tool for all teachers

November 30th, 2011

I am delighted to report the the XO laptops are now being used by nearly all our teachers in teaching of their regular classes. Children have also starteddoing activities such as music and artwhich were not possible for them before now. Screenshot_music

Children in Class 1 have progressed from TamTamMini to TamTamJam  and learning to make their own music using Drum kits, Strings, winds, concert, people and animals voice.

Tebla, violin and guitar are their favourite instruments.

 

 

There has been great progress in teaching maths too. Our teachersScreenshot_1_2 (4) have trained on the Khan Academy videos and have been using their new found techniques in the classroom.

From this week children in class 5, 6 and 7 are registering directly with Khan Academy online using their XO’s and willuse the on demand videos from Sal Khan to learn maths just like children in the Western World. If this works then we will have levelled the playing field for our students!

English projects are also being done on the write activity, see the write up below:

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More projects on the XO this week

November 21st, 2011

This week teachers have emailed me the projects their classes have been working on. Here are pictures of some :

When the Class One  teacher asked her students to use paint activity to create whaever they wanted to Little Ayesha Aslam produced the following heart warming image.Shows how she is write activityxo_1

Do notice the tiny I Love message on top left!

Children also used Write and Record activities to do word opposites exercise

In science our children are working on 3 projects to investigate the following topics 1) The Human Eye, 2) Cross Section of a Plant cell and 3) CrossSection of aplant cell. See their images below.

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