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May 19, 2016
Mobilink organized a Movie Day event for 100 students of PKSS. The event was held at the Cinepax Cinema in Centaurus where the students were shown the recently released animated movie, “Angry Birds.”
This movie is based upon the highly popular game by the same name. The theme of the movie was considered to be a great learning experience as it explained that stealing is wrong and no one should bother anyone unjustly. The children completely understood the message and explained how the pigs stole the eggs of the birds and how they got them back.
The children enjoyed watching the movie and gave positive feedback in the form of words and drawings. The experience was enhanced because the movie was in 3D. The tickets and the refreshments were sponsored by Mobilink which the children and the administration highly appreciated.
A Big thank you to the Mobilink team!


April 22, 2016
Kuch Khaas recently celebrated the event of Earth Day to provide awareness regarding the Earth and the effect on the environment. The organization invited a number of prestigious schools in Islamabad such as Beaconhouse School System, Roots International, HeadStart School along with the students from PKSS. It was a moment of pride for the Pehli Kiran School System and they participated with full enthusiasm.
A total of 30 students from PKSS took part in the event and competed with students from other schools in various challenges. The competitions were the Seed and Plant Competition, Biodegradable Arts, Mural Competition and Poetry recital.
The students from PKSS shined brightly at the event as they won a number of challenges. The participants from PK-8 prepared a beautiful mural which won the 1st prize in the competition. The same students also received the 3rd position in the Biodegradable Arts competition. The students from PK-2 got the 2nd position in the Seed and Plant Competition. The students from PK-4 presented poetry for Earth Day which was especially appreciated by the chief guest on stage followed by an astounding applause from the audience.
The students from PKSS greatly enjoyed the event along with giving their best performance. Kuch Khass team appreciated the efforts of the students from PKSS.


April 9, 2016
The JAQ Education Trust organized a sports week for the students of Pehli Kiran School System. For these sports days, children were selected from individual schools of PKSS. A total of 450 students were picked who took part in the events. Not only did the students participate enthusiastically, their parents also took part in the events. Each day was celebrated with full enthusiasm as the students won positions and everyone greatly enjoyed. Everyone’s spirit was contagious and the event is considered a success.
The Annual Sports Day was celebrated with the cooperation of “Cities for Children”.
The Captain of the Football Team and the Deputy Mayor of ICT were the special guests for the event. Throughout the course of the Sports Day, the Football Team captain gave training and tips to the children on how to play games. She also delivered a lecture on the importance of games and physical activity to the students. Along with this, more players from the football team were invited who observed and appreciated the performance of the children. Green Volunteers also collaborated and helped the children to participate in the competitions and the students greatly enjoyed their support. They especially thanked them as well.
The students from PK-2, PK-4 and PK-8 performed a stunning PT show and the winning prize went to the students from PK-2. The students from PK-8 also presented a welcoming skit for the guests and the parents. Other activities were also executed such as the Long Jump, 100 meter race and many others.
The students from PK-8 participated in the Long Jump challenge. Hasna Bibi, a student from PK-2, won the first position in the 100 meter race by finishing it in an astounding 14 seconds.
At the end, prizes and awards were distributed to the participants who won various positions. The parents along with the children highly enjoyed the event.


December 22, 2015
On the 22nd of December 2015, the Annual Sports Day was held at the F-11/2 Cricket Ground by PKSS in collaboration with SNL. The employees of SNL formed a team and engaged in recreation activities with the children of the school. The students of PK-4 actively participated and had a fun-filled experience along with their parents.
There were a number of notable performances by the children during the games. A 10 year old boy performed a 12 foot high jump, while a 9 year old girl achieved a 9 foot and 7 inch high jump. Both of them were highly commended especially the girl as encouraged other girls to participate.
A PT show was exhibited by a number of students with full enthusiasm. These performances were much appreciated by the audience. At the end, trophies and medals were distributed to the winners and the best performers.
The SNL team kindly donated 7 white boards along with a 100 goody bags that included color pencils and drawing books. Moreover, the first 25 winners received a special water bottle as a prize. The SNL team also donated Rs. 14,300 to enhance the sporting facilities and events of the school. The students and children were full of appreciation and thanked the SNL team.


November 27, 2015
On the 27th of November, a Cartoon Screening Activity was held in PK -5 which was organized by the Aurat Foundation. Students belonging to the age group of 10 to 14 years were a part of this event.
A total of 67 boys and 48 girls from the class ranges of III, IV and V from different Pehli Kiran Schools took part in this event. Along with the students, 8 instructors from PK – 5 were there to watch the screening.
The cartoon screening was highly educational and was divided into two parts. The first part focused on gender equality in the field of education. The second one showed the possibility to earn money while studying.
After the screening was completed, the participants were asked a number of questions. The questions towards girls revolved around their prospects of higher education and their ability to manage education with home tasks. For boys, it focused on managing their home lives while working. All students were very much interested to pursue their education by any means and keep a good balance in their lives. One of the students was picked to give a revision of what was presented in the cartoon and she told everything accurately.
Aurat Foundation was pleased to see the discipline and confidence that the students of PKSS possessed.


November 19, 2015
From the 12th to 19th of November 2015, a workshop was held at the Nomad Art Gallery in Said Pur Village on the current trending topics of Awareness creation, Skill Development and Economic Empowerment. The Pehli Kiran School System was invited to be a part of this promising event. The workshop was primarily conducted by Ms. Nageen Hayat with the help Ms. Maham and Ms. Fizza. Two instructors along with six students from PK-schools took part in this event.
The event started off with sessions where each of the participants briefly described themselves. This was followed by a detailed discussion on the main highlight of the event i.e. the Art Activity. During the workshop different activities were performed and students were actively involved.
Following Sunday, 29th of November, a Fun Fair was organized in which the attendance of all participants was mandatory. Some of the products made by the PKSS participants at the workshop were displayed and for sale.
This amazing all round initiative helped the students of PKSS to realize their potentials as they explored their talents. Moreover, all the parents were very excited to learn about this new opportunity. The management of the gallery also offered to arrange workshops in the future for interested students.


October 8, 2015
On the 8th of October 2015, the Team of Telenor along with their Chief Executive, Mr. Foley visited different PK Schools. The children from PK-2, PK-7 and PK-8 participated in the event. A wide number of activities took place such as wall painting, tree plantation and various civic activities. The CEO and all members took active participation with the children of the schools that were visited as part of “10 year celebration of Telenor”.
Mr. Foley was thoroughly impressed by the students during a question and answer session and he specially appreciated the Montessori program for their excellent work. There were special sessions conducted by Madam Rehana who is the principal of PK-8 and by Mr. Mansoor Ahmed Khan who explained the PKSS model along with JAQ’s mission and vision. Overall, the event was a huge success and Telenor has agreed to become a longtime supporter and partner for the schools through JAQ Trust.


October 2, 2015
On the 2nd of October, the Children Literature Festival were conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Educational Awareness (Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi). These festivals were held at the prestigious location of Lok Virsa in Islamabad.
On the 2nd of October, the CLF was held where 200 children from PK 3, 4 and 5 participated. A play by the name of “Yeh Bachi kis ki bachi hai” was performed by the students and they were appreciated by the audience with unending applause. Two cultural anthems were also performed by the girls of PK-4 that met with great appreciation by the audience. The first was “Bara Dushman Bana Phirta Hai” in remembrance of the APS Peshawar attack and the second was “Main bhi Pakistan hoon tu bhi Pakistan hai” to honor our beloved country.
Moreover, the children proceeded to different halls to participate in activities such as storytelling, poems, skits and scenes. They were keenly interested in the HBL’s stall where they played games and answered questions in a confident manner. For this, they got some amazing prizes.
The festivals were considered to be a success and everyone learned, enjoyed and had an overall fulfilling experience.


October 1, 2015
On the 1st of October, the Teacher Literature Festival were conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Educational Awareness (Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi). These festivals were held at the prestigious location of Lok Virsa in Islamabad.
On the 1st of October the TLF was held. All of the school staff including the teacher aid and the management participated in this event. There were different halls set up such as the Mathematics Hall, the Story telling Hall, the Art of Reading with expression Hall and the Literature Hall.
Some of the important activities that took place in these halls were scriptwriting, enhancing critical thinking and reading abilities and understanding literature especially of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Groups of 10 were made for these activities in order to learn the art of using these practices in the classrooms. The staff vowed to implement them in the future.


September 9, 2015
On 9th of September, a charity show was held by the SLS School in which 60 children from PK-8 had participated. There was a colorful and fun-filled puppet show staged which had been prepared by a group of teachers. The event was a huge success and was appreciated by the students of SLS and PKSS. In addition to the show, the children of SLS School gave a large number of gifts such as clothes, shoes, books, stationery and geometry boxes to fellow students of PKSS.


September 2, 2015
On 2nd of September, a theater play was held at PNCA with the help of Karim Khan Afridi Foundation (KKAF) to create drug awareness among the youth. Various students from the PK-schools took part in this play with the help of their teachers. The theme of the play was based on awareness of harmful effects of drugs. The plot revolved around a 19 year old’s untimely death due to drugs abuse and how it affected the whole family. There were informative sessions held on the long and interesting history of theater and how it is considered to be a work of art. In addition to this, feedback was strongly encouraged in the form of drawings, sentences and essays. These sessions were held by Mr. Afridi who was the person behind the script of the play and Ms. Gulnaz who is the coordinator of the Karim Khan Afridi Foundation (KKAF).
During the course of the play, the students vigilantly wrote points regarding it and theater in general which were mostly on how to avoid usage of drugs, giving attention to the atmosphere of the house, protection of younger individuals and having a positive lifestyle. Some of the students even made drawings on keeping the house clean. One of the most striking drawings made by the student was of a huge cross on cigarettes as this pointed towards the educational impact of the play.
We highly appreciate Mobilink for providing transport services for the event.


August 21, 2015
Recently, a medical camp has been started in PK – 8 with collaboration of Khidmat Foundation for the student body and the community, as a whole. A renowned physician of the city regularly comes in the evening to provide consultation to the patients. In addition to this, special attention is being paid to providing medication for chronic diseases.
Mr. Ghazanfar and Ms. Rehana, who are prominent members of PKSS, met with the owner of Khidmat Foundation for a discussion regarding the expansion of the organization’s network. The torch bearer of the Foundation , being a retired General of our Pakistan Army, was keenly interested to further expand his network for the benefit of the schools and the communities. There was great spirit and commitment in his ideas regarding the extension of the service as he wants to be a helping citizen of the country.
Furthermore, certain quality assurance measures were shared with the PKSS team. These included assessments that will smoothen the overall process. The first phase will be for the induction of doctors with relevant specialties required for the community and the second phase will be for the children to have an in depth knowledge regarding their health conditions.
This program is very successful and is gaining recognition every day. Students from PK – 4 and PK - 8 are especially pleased with this service. Around 70 to 80 people of the community were provided medicines from this camp. Such initiatives are for the betterment of the school communities and this will add a lot of value to being healthy students at PKSS.


July 25, 2015
Each child is unique in terms of teaching and care needs. On Saturday, 25 July 2015, the Cities for Children (CfC) initiative, the Pehli Kiran School System and a team of mental health professionals from Meditrina Healthcare came together to start something special, and explore the potential support the classroom can offer to the individual child.
The first collaborative workshop, held at Pehli Kiran School No. 5, was titled “Learning Disability: Detecting and Managing at School.” Facilitated by CfC, it was designed and conducted by the Meditrina team for twenty participants, comprising PK teachers and Principals. The objectives were for teachers to come away with the ability to recognize general learning disability; to differentiate between different kinds of “slow learners;” and to be able to deal better with both learning and behavioral difficulties.
The Pehli Kiran school teachers work in a challenging urban slum environment, with communities of mixed ethnicity. Often, they encounter serious problems dealing with children who disrupt the classrooms or exhibit aggressive behaviour. Following this workshop, the teachers were able to identify why children act in certain ways – and how it is possible to modify behavior without resorting to corporal punishment.
It’s the beginning of a whole new era of learning, for all three partners. We’re excited about what we can do together.


February 7, 2015
Making paper cranes is fun but the fun is quadrupled when you teach the little ones. Students from School of International Law visited Pehli Kiran School 4 and made colourful paper cranes with students from grades 3 and 4. These paper cranes will be turned into an art installation by Ministry of Change - which will put up in Peshawar to commemorate all child victims of terrorism.


15th May 2014
On 15th May, 2014, 50 students from the Pehli Kiran School System were invited by Raunaq-e-Qainaat to watch a 3-D movie. The experience was a first for many of the children, in many ways. Not only did many of them enjoy a movie theatre for the first time, but all were captivated and thrilled by the 3-D experience! While thanking Raunaq-e-Qainaat for providing this delightful experience, the JAQ Trust also appreciates the thoughtful support from a patron in facilitating the logistics and transport costs for this activity.


2nd May 2014
On May 2, 2014, 100 students from the Pehli Kiran School System participated in the Children's Literature Festival (CLF), Islamabad. CLF's aim is to inculcate the love of reading among children, and promote critical thinking and creativity through opportunities to explore - on their own and with prominent children's authors, artists, TV celebrities, and journalists. who have different interactive sessions with children - encouraging and motivating them.
The children thoroughly enjoyed all the fun activities and interactive sessions, taking part in story competitions, as well as the musical program. Displaying full confidence in answering questions, PKSS students achieved recognition for best performance. PK 4 students also received awards for obtaining three positions in the dance competition!
The JAQ Trust is grateful to Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi and to Trustee Tahira Abdullah for their help in facilitating the participation of PKSS students in this festival.


1st May 2014
On May 1, 2014, sixteen teachers from the Pehli Kiran School System participated in the Teacher's Literature Festival, Islamabad. From story-telling to art-work, teachers were trained on how to stimulate children's interest and promote creativity. Teachers enjoyed browsing through the beautifully set up stalls, gaining valuable exposure. They also benefited from hearing distinguished speakers discuss a range of useful topics on teaching methodologies for better child development.


14th April 2014
Without prior notice, the Katchi Abaadi community of I-10 was brutally and heartlessly demolished on 14th April 2014. Despite the pleas of PKSS management and staff, CDA officials refused to give time to dismantle the school infrastructure and relocate precious school assets. When bulldozers struck the mobile steel frame, PKSS Operations Coordinator Malik Ghazanfar Ali fell from the shed roof, sustaining serious injuries. PK students, staff and parents have gone through severe trauma as a result of this callous incident.
We are still waiting for compensation of the JAQ Trust's losses of infrastructure and other assets, including textbooks, white/black boards, teaching aids, stationery, mobile libraries, mats, sports equipment, etc. More critically, we have not yet been informed about alternative locations where the communities are being moved to, thus enabling us to restart the school. The academic loss to our students each day that they are not in school is irreparable.

February 23, 2014
Mobilink Foundation, in collaboration with Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP), organized the ‘Road Safety Painting Competition’ at the Open Air Theater Shakarparian, Islamabad. Hundreds of students from Government and private schools in the twin cities participated, including from the Pehli Kiran School System. The aim was to increase awareness about road safety, and encourage children to be savvy about traffic rules. Participants were asked to use their imagination to depict simple yet critical messages on road safety, through the medium of art. This activity was part of the ITP's seventh anniversary celebrations. The painting competition was followed by a series of activities to educate children on numerous road safety measures, ending with prize distribution amongst the winners. In keeping with their winning tradition, PK students secured the top 3 positions at this event. The position holders were:
The Chief Guest, Principal Khuldunia School, admired the discipline and sporting spirit shown by PKSS students.

January 12, 2014
Fourteen students of Pehli Kiran School System participated in the combined sports day of Khuldunia School and Mashal Public School. Enjoying races and tug of war activities, the PK students secured 1st and 2nd position in the boys' 100meter race and 1st position in the girls' 100 meter race.

First Position:Mansab Ali, Pehli Kiran School No. 3
Second Position: Haadia Bibi, Pehli Kiran School No. 2
Third Position: Gulkhanda Bibi, Pehli Kiran School No. 7


November 22, 2013
The JAQ Education Trust received a new Suzuki van for its Pehli Kiran School System - a gift from Mobilink Foundation. Fitted with book shelves, and other audio-visual materials, it will supplement teaching methodologies through a mobile facility - thus providing "Education on Wheels". Moving amongst the seven PKSS school locations, these valuable aids aim to encourage reading and stimulate the learning process, for 1500+ students.
The key to the van was handed over by Mobilink to the JAQ Trust at a simple but fun ceremony held at Mobilink's Head Office, Islamabad. Attended by representatives on both sides, including Mobilink Senior Management, Mobilink Torchbearers, Trustees and staff of the JAQ Education Trust, it was the excitement and joy of the PKSS students that made the event memorable.

October 10, 2013
Mobilink Foundation inaugurated a nationwide drive to celebrate Global Hand-washing Day (GHD) on 10th October 2013, with a hygiene awareness activity at the Pehli Kiran School System.
Aiming to inculcate the habit of proper hand-washing amongst children, as a means to prevent disease, this activity was particularly important for PK students, keeping in mind the hygiene conditions within these school communities. The simple act of washing one’s hands can have a far reaching impact on their health. Over 150 children of the Pehli Kiran schools participated in this fun activity.

March 12, 2013
80 students of the Pehli Kiran School System participated in a tree plantation activity organised by the Funkor Childart Center and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on March 12, 2013 which marks the start of the Spring season in Islamabad.
The 80 PKSS students travelled to the CDA Spring Tree Plantation site in a bus provided by the CDA. The children were excited to contribute to a green and healthy environment by planting saplings that they would one day see as big trees. Amai and Rangoo, puppet characters from Funkor, accompanied the children in this fun activity. The CDA also distributed fruit juices to refresh the children.
The Funkor Childart Center in Islamabad works on raising awareness among children on the concepts of environment and heritage protection, human rights, equality, tolerance, and peace. The staff and students of PKSS are grateful for the Center's continued collaboration with PKSS for various enriching activities that are necessary for a holistic education PKSS believes in.

November 14, 2012
A group of eight (8) students from PKSS participated in the Child Literacy Festival held in Peshawar. The event was arranged with the collaboration of Bacha Khan Education Foundation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Oxford University Press at Islamia Collegiate Ground.
The Festival was inaugurated by Provincial Minister for Higher Education Qazi Assad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Environment Wajid Ali Khan. Hundreds of children from 52 different schools across the province participated in the festival, presenting beautiful ‘tablos’ and national songs. Cultural and educational goods, folklore instruments, handmade clothes and traditional garments were displayed in fifty different stalls.
Among the prominent features of the event, was the viewing of a touching video on Malala Yousafzai made by Ms Samar Minallah and Uncle Sargam’s puppet show. PKSS students also met with the renowned artist Mr. Farooq Qaiser.
Two students participated in Activity "Bol Key Lab Azaad Hain Terey”, Abdul Wahab from Pk-8 presented a declamatory speech and Shazia Bibi of Pk-5 had presented a poem. The students enjoyed the folk performances, clapping to Pashto songs and interacted with the other schools present at the festival.

November 12, 2012
"Students from PKSS were invited to attend a concert “Poland-Pakistan, Sounds from two continents” hosted by the Polish Embassy in collaboration with The Institute For Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) at Lok Virsa, Islamabad on 12th Nov 2012. Polish musicians together with local musicians played Polish folk tunes. Polish artist, Maria Pomianowska, who is a PhD in Arts and her student Marta Soiek, took the stage, delivering a captivating performance accompanied by Dr Taimur Khan, a disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha, believed to be the last living Sarangi maestro of Pakistan. The musical fusion was spellbinding and even had quite a few children dancing to the sweet melodies. His Excellency, Dr Andrzej Ananicz, the Ambassador for Poland presided over the event and later met with the children. After the concert, the students were also shown around the Lok versa museum and Shakarparian for some recreational fun, making it a day to remember."

October 23, 2012
Friends from Barclays Bank visited PK6 and held an art competition. 35 students from varying classes participated in the activity, each displaying their colorful imagination on the charts. The best three pieces were selected by a majority vote and the winning groups were awarded lovely trophies while the efforts of the remaining groups were generously applauded.

October 8, 2012
students from PK4 participated in the art contest titled "Ozone is our Friend" organised by the The Ozone Cell at the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Funkor Childart Center.This contest encourages young people to express their vision of a better environment and the importance of the Ozone Layer for the world.

September 17, 2012
Plan Pakistan organized a Girls’ Cricket Knockout Tournament at the F-7 ground in Islamabad and invited PKSS to participate. This is the first time the girls from PKSS were given an opportunity to represent their school in an interschool tournament. Despite the constant drizzle and downpour, the enthusiasm was electric. Our team comprising of girls from PK5 and PK8 gave 7 other teams from Plan Pakistan Non-formal Education Centers a tough competition, sweeping the trophy in the end with a proud win. Samrah, one of the younger girls from PK5 was also awarded with a “best player” trophy for her outstanding performance.

August 15, 2012 :
An exhibition titled "Ao rang bharain" was held in collaboration with Gallery 6 which showcased all the splendid art work that the students at PKSS splashed their talent on during their summer art camp, assisted by a fabulous group of enthusiastic volunteers from around Islamabad. The event was also covered by local news papers. Click to read the article in The News

July - August 2012 :
Pakistan's first ever TEDx Kids event was held for an audience of 150 children, at Pehli Kiran School No. 8.

June - July 2012 :
Our Annual Appeal for funds will be happening just before Ramzan. Please donate generously to support PKSS operations for the upcoming year.

May - June 2012:
Four different Saturdays of Fun were organized with volunteers from across Islamabad, involving creative art activities and the use of low-cost, no-cost resources like newspapers.

Feb - May 2012:
39 students from Class Five successfully appeared for the Federal Directorate of Education exams through the PKSS and entered mainstream schools.






November 14, 2012
A group of eight (8) students from PKSS participated in the Child Literacy Festival held in Peshawar. The event was arranged with the collaboration of Bacha Khan Education Foundation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Oxford University Press at Islamia Collegiate Ground.
The Festival was inaugurated by Provincial Minister for Higher Education Qazi Assad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Environment Wajid Ali Khan. Hundreds of children from 52 different schools across the province participated in the festival, presenting beautiful ‘tablos’ and national songs. Cultural and educational goods, folklore instruments, handmade clothes and traditional garments were displayed in fifty different stalls.
Among the prominent features of the event, was the viewing of a touching video on Malala Yousafzai made by Ms Samar Minallah and Uncle Sargam’s puppet show. PKSS students also met with the renowned artist Mr. Farooq Qaiser.
Two students participated in Activity "Bol Key Lab Azaad Hain Terey”, Abdul Wahab from Pk-8 presented a declamatory speech and Shazia Bibi of Pk-5 had presented a poem. The students enjoyed the folk performances, clapping to Pashto songs and interacted with the other schools present at the festival.

November 12, 2012
"Students from PKSS were invited to attend a concert “Poland-Pakistan, Sounds from two continents” hosted by the Polish Embassy in collaboration with The Institute For Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) at Lok Virsa, Islamabad on 12th Nov 2012. Polish musicians together with local musicians played Polish folk tunes. Polish artist, Maria Pomianowska, who is a PhD in Arts and her student Marta Soiek, took the stage, delivering a captivating performance accompanied by Dr Taimur Khan, a disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha, believed to be the last living Sarangi maestro of Pakistan. The musical fusion was spellbinding and even had quite a few children dancing to the sweet melodies. His Excellency, Dr Andrzej Ananicz, the Ambassador for Poland presided over the event and later met with the children. After the concert, the students were also shown around the Lok versa museum and Shakarparian for some recreational fun, making it a day to remember."

October 23, 2012
Friends from Barclays Bank visited PK6 and held an art competition. 35 students from varying classes participated in the activity, each displaying their colorful imagination on the charts. The best three pieces were selected by a majority vote and the winning groups were awarded lovely trophies while the efforts of the remaining groups were generously applauded.

October 8, 2012
students from PK4 participated in the art contest titled "Ozone is our Friend" organised by the The Ozone Cell at the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Funkor Childart Center.This contest encourages young people to express their vision of a better environment and the importance of the Ozone Layer for the world.

September 17, 2012
Plan Pakistan organized a Girls’ Cricket Knockout Tournament at the F-7 ground in Islamabad and invited PKSS to participate. This is the first time the girls from PKSS were given an opportunity to represent their school in an interschool tournament. Despite the constant drizzle and downpour, the enthusiasm was electric. Our team comprising of girls from PK5 and PK8 gave 7 other teams from Plan Pakistan Non-formal Education Centers a tough competition, sweeping the trophy in the end with a proud win. Samrah, one of the younger girls from PK5 was also awarded with a “best player” trophy for her outstanding performance.

August 15, 2012 :
An exhibition titled "Ao rang bharain" was held in collaboration with Gallery 6 which showcased all the splendid art work that the students at PKSS splashed their talent on during their summer art camp, assisted by a fabulous group of enthusiastic volunteers from around Islamabad. The event was also covered by local news papers. Click to read the article in The News

July - August 2012 :
Pakistan's first ever TEDx Kids event was held for an audience of 150 children, at Pehli Kiran School No. 8.

June - July 2012 :
Our Annual Appeal for funds will be happening just before Ramzan. Please donate generously to support PKSS operations for the upcoming year.

May - June 2012:
Four different Saturdays of Fun were organized with volunteers from across Islamabad, involving creative art activities and the use of low-cost, no-cost resources like newspapers.

Feb - May 2012:
39 students from Class Five successfully appeared for the Federal Directorate of Education exams through the PKSS and entered mainstream schools.





The Story

The inspiration for this unique education initiative dates back to an encounter on the streets of Islamabad in the mid 1990s.

The Managing Trustee, Ms. Sabira Qureshi, saw a bright young boy vending “paapars”. When asked why he wasn’t in school, he explained that he could not afford it, as he had to earn money and help support his family. That was how the first ‘open air’ school was started under the shade of a tree in the posh F-10 sector of Islamabad, where a small group of street children from neighboring katchi abadis began attending regular classes. Today, the Pehli Kiran School System provides quality primary education to over 1200 children every year, through a network of eight non-formal schools.

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