Sponsors and Staff

SPONSORS

Ruqaiya Bashir is a retired Chemistry Professor who completed her MSc in Chemistry from Aligarh University. She has 35 years of teaching experience in various colleges including PECHS College Karachi. Today she is the person driving both the academic curriculum and the extracurricular activities of the school. She has a passion for education and dreams of making this school into a full-fledged high school for the underprivileged. She continuously sets high targets for the teachers to achieve and has made the education in the school meaningful for the kind of children it serves. Ruquaiya gives all of her time freely to the school as she has been doing for many years.

 After finishing her Master’s at University of Sind Pakistan in Organic Chemistry, Talat Qadeer Khan taught Organic Chemistry at PECHS College for women for 13 years.  She moved to the US for a better education for her two boys Nomi and Shabi.  Talat obtained a teaching credential from San Francisco State University in Chemistry and continued teaching in San Francisco untill she retired in 2009.

She has always wanted to use her experience to enrich the lives of children in her native Pakistan. During her last visit to Pakistan in 2007 she became aware of Rehnuma Public School, and Talat adopted the school and got to work! She attended the OLPC Conference in San Francisco in October, 2010, with a strong desire to further support the school’s progress by adding a computer component to the program. OLPC seemed most likely to be the answer because the learning is student oriented and gives the teacher a Coach status.  She initiated the project and today it is a well entrenched program that has become part of the curriculum.

Sabiha has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Karachi University. She has 20 years of teaching experience and has taken on the hands on responsibility for running the school 6 days a week come rain or storm. It is her painstaking care, supervision and daily encouragement that keeps our staff highly motivated. She is the one who makes sure every rupee the school gets goes as far as it can and keeps laborious accounts that would make any auditor proud. Sabiha provides her full time services for a nominal salary.

Together Sabiha and Ruqaiya are the individuals who have given Rehnuma Public School a soul as they provide the children of the school with a variety of experiences ranging from tasting new foods to tasting democracy as children run for class room elections.

Kishwer Aziz a Banking Consultant and senior banker has over 27 years of experience in international corporate banking, private equity and retail investments. This includes 20 years with Citigroup. After leaving Citigroup, Kishwer founded a company for clearing and settlement of securities for retail brokers in the UK. She subsequently joined companies founded by her family involved in software and consulting. Kishwer holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA and a PhD in Finance. In 1999 she graduated from the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Aslam Aziz

Aslam Aziz, Managing Director of BankT&D Consulting, has over 30 years of international banking experience. Aslam then served as CEO of Orbian, a joint venture between Citibank and SAP, CEO of Habib Allied International Bank plc UK. Aslam co-founded Bank Training & Development Limited, a firm that offers training programs and advisory services in almost all areas of banking. Aslam holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from University of Karachi, Pakistan. He attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1997

Aslam is currently the President of Path Educational Society. He has always been a great supporter of education in Pakistan. He devotes most of his leisure time to fund raising for NGOs involved in education such as Citizen’s Foundation and DIL. He trekked to K2 based camp in 2007 to raise a significant amount for Citizen Foundation and in 2010 he trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest to raise funds for Development in Literacy (DIL). This year he is going with a group of people to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro during September 07-16, 2014. At 5,895 meters, it is the highest mountain in Africa. The mission this time is to raise money for Rahnuma Public School .

Huma Pasha

She qualified as Chartered Accountant with Ferguson’s, then Joined MICAS first Roti Plant followed by a long stint with Citibank in Pakistan, UAE and Bahrain. Huma is also a Certified Internal Auditor from the Institute of Internal Auditors, USA (IIA) (1998). She retired recently as the Chief Internal auditor of the Hub Power Company.

Huma has been the past President of the ISACA Karachi Chapter and the Institute of Internal Auditors Karachi Chapter. Huma is also a member on the Quality Assurance Board of ICAP and has also served as a member on the Audit Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation in the past.

Huma is the Treasurer of the school. She operates and runs the school accounts and runs a tight ship as far as school funds are concerned. She is passionate about the school and has generously given her free time, personal resources and money to the school. She is also mentor for the staff in their times of need.

SPECIAL AKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to acknowledge the support of the many OLPC Volunteers without whom our successful implementation of the XO Laptops, the school servers, the Internet In a Box and networks would not have been possible. Special thanks go to Tony Anderson, Saadia Balouch, Nancie Severs, Adam Holt, James Cameron, Samuel North for guiding and helping us to keep things running.

In Pakistan the technical team of AAJ TV under Khalid U Shaikh has give us full technical support to implement our advanced wifi network, deploy the server, convert material to the right format and support for the ongoing maintenance of the XO laptops

Ratcliffe School in Dawlish, Devon is helping us by collecting school resources such as books, posters and other school material to send to Rahnuma Public School.  You can visit the schools website on www.dawlish-ratcliffe.devon.sch.uk . Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the School Principal is Mrs. Cherie White and to Mrs. Jayne Davis who introduced us there and to all the other staff and students of the school.