The Schools

Our Communities

The PKSS communities exist on the fringes of society, without the provision of any basic social services or amenities. The majority of students in Pehli Kiran schools belong to Pashtun, Afghan or Punjabi families who migrate to urban centers in search of livelihoods. About 60% of the men are part of temporary or partially employed unskilled or semi-skilled labour force; women, where they work, provide domestic labour in homes

In all this, the children are the major victims, being deprived of their right to a childhood. Some look after their infant and toddler siblings, while others contribute to household income through rag-picking and scrap-dealing; vending items at weekly bazaars; working as domestic labour; or going on to do apprenticeships at shops. Many are sent out to beg in the busy commercial areas of the city. All are vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and exposure to drugs and crime.

Potential communities are identified either through the efforts of the PKSS team or through direct invitation. One of the first activities is a rapid survey to develop an overall community profile. If the decision to start a school is taken, a parent-teacher association (PTA) is formed, which helps in establishing and operating the school. Rapport with the communities is essential to ensure that children continue their education at the PKSS and beyond.

Our Communities

Our Communities
Each of the eight schools has a distinct character, determined by the ethnic profiles of the communities.

Click here to gain an insight into our community profiles