Currently there are three communities in Pakistan:
Ministries attached to the different communities:
La Salle Girls School Gokkuwal
Lasalle Girls High School Gokkuwal is located on the outskirts of Faisalabad city. In 1993, the De La Salle Brothers established a preparatory school for poor Christian children in Abdullapur shanty town. In the 2000's, due to the central location of the illegal shanty town, the residents forcibly relocated to Gokkuwal on the outskirts of Faisalabad, approximately 15 kms. Gokkuwal is an old agricultural area that has been reclaimed for housing. Due to its location, the village has limited access to basic facilities and the nearest school is a bus ride away. The cost of a bus to school is more than what most parents can afford as most are reliant on daily wages and they earn very little.
The residents asked the Brothers to relocate the old Abdullapur School to Gokkuwal. So the preparatory school was re-established, initially running its classes in the open air as there was no funding for building. The De La Salle Brothers provided all school books for the students over the first year, until the Government resettled the families on new land.
In 1996, the Brothers commenced reconstruction of the school at the new location and ran classes from Kindergarten through to Year 8. The school is now recognised as La Salle Girls High School by the Pakistan Education Department. There are two main campus sites separated by a small dirt road and general store. The school has 13 teaching staff.
With the acquisition of additional land in 2011,La Salle High School Gokkuwal expanded its buildings to cater for girls up to Year 9 and 10. These classes are in response to repeated community requests for education opportunities for girls in the senior high school years as some parents are reluctant to send their girls to a co-educational school.Due to the requirement for single sex campuses, there are not supposed to be any boys at the school from Year 6. However, due to their poverty there are a very small number of boys who remain at the school.
Since 2008, the Lasallian Foundation has worked with the school to improve the classrooms and infrastructure. In 2012, the school upgraded to a High School, supporting by a Lasallian Foundation grant in early 2009 that facilitated the purchase of more land and to build additional classrooms. If the school had not upgraded to become a High School, many students would have dropped out of their education after Year 8, as there are few high schools nearby.
The school is subsidised by La Salle High School in Faisalabad. This subsidy puts a great strain on the resources of La Salle Faisalabad, making it more challenging to maintain and upgrade its own school facilities.
Twinning is helping this school cover the costs of utilities, teachers' salaries, maintenance, support for school fees and other essential school expenses. Twinning is not only assisting Gokkuwal, but also La Salle Faisalabad.
The school's Principal is Br Shahzad Gill.
La Salle Boys High School Malkhan Wala
La Salle Boys High School, Malkhan Wala was opened in April 2008 as a school for the poor. The Brothers opened a High School to service the local children at the request of the Bishop of Faisalabad and the local community. This school is situated in the suburb of Warispura and was established by the Marist Brothers but it was left unused from 2006.
The closest school is about 5km away and many families cannot afford the bus fares for their children to access that school. The site was formerly a very large school and vocations training facility but it had been abandoned for several years.
It is a massive complex/property consisting of classrooms, vocations complex, dormitories, chapel, multi-purpose hall which is hired out for local functions and events, sports ovals, full kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as staff quarters. However, the majority of the buildings, hostel, furnishings and equipment are in need of extensive repairs or replacement. The school could comfortably accommodate 500 children.
In 2010, the Bishop invited the Loreto Sisters to open a co-educational primary school on the site of Malkhan Wala School, however the primary school was given over to the Brothers in early 2012. There is a strong enrolment for the primary classes. That year, the school was also passed from Brother Principal to a lay Principal for the first time in the school's history. Since then, school numbers have increased rapidly.
Girls only attend the school up to Year 5. They move to another local school for the remainder of their secondary education.
Despite being in an urban area, people's access to clean drinking water and electricity is very irregular. Basic infrastructure such as roads and transport are poor, which creates issues in this highly populated area of the city.
The school is dependent on a monthly subsidy from La Sale High School in Faisalabad for its recurrent costs.
Twinning is helping to improve the school's science labs through the purchase of additional lab equipment and furniture.
The school's Principal is Mr Bashir Masih.
La Salle Girls High School Sant Singh Wala
Sant Singh Wala is located near the main Faisalabad/Lahore railway station on the outskirts of the city. It is a poor Christian slum area home to thousands of Christians but the student population is equally divided between Christians and Muslims. In 1997, the Bishop gave over management of the school to the De La Salle Brothers and it opened with only 33 students. Within one year, there were 80 children enrolled.
There are now over 300 students at this primary and high school. Although it is registered as a girls high school and the majority are girls, there are some boys in the high school classes as their families are too poor to send them to other local boys high schools. Many of the boys' parents have requested for the school to start a boys section, however the school is surrounded by residential buildings making additional infrastructure development difficult and expensive, as it would require the acquisition of land. The school has 13 teachers.
La Salle School Sant Singh Wala become a registered high school in 2010 and has consistently achieved top academic results over the last 12 years in the national examinations in Year 8 and 10 (matriculation). These results have ensured that the school has a steady enrolment of students. In early 2012, the school was passed from Brother to a lay Principal for the first time in the school's history.
The children live in very small, simple houses with poor access to running water so most families have to purchase botled water to drink. They live with daily power outages. Despite being in an urban area, many of the roads are not sealed, and many people still rely on donkey and cart for transport.
The school has received 20 computers in the last three years as part of the Lasallian computer schools program. However, the school lacks space for all the desktop units.
Twinning is helping to raise funds for the construction of a new purpose-built computer lab.
The school's Principal is Ms Fauzia Akhtar.
La Salle High School Campus 2 (formerly Urdu High School)
This is the biggest private Catholic Urdu high school for boys in Faisalabad city but it caters to students of all backgrounds. Campus 2 was established as Lasalle Urdu High School by the De La Salle Brothers
in 1961 in response to Christian students not being accepted at Muslim schools and suffering discrimination at Government schools. Students are mainly Christian however there are some Muslim children studying at the school. The students come from extremely poor areas in the city around Warispura, Christian town and Madina Town. All of these children find it difficult to pay a very small sum of money as tuition fees, so the school has some scholarships available for qualifying students. The parents of these children are labourers on daily wages, sanitary workers or unemployed. Many of the students come from broken families. In many cases, they lack basic facilities at home.
The school has approximately 575 students, supported by 47 teachers and six support staff.
The students come from areas where they are exposed to social problems such as drugs, child labour and domestic violence. These circumstances pose challenges to the school in their ability to deliver a quality education.
Although it started as a boys high school, it expanded to include primary students. The school has maintained a good record of quality education to the poor and marginalised, which is reflected in the school's consistently good results in the national exams.
In 2009, the school introduced English as the medium of instruction as having English-language skills would offer these poor children new opportunities for higher studies, and employment opportunities in the future. Both parents and students saw this as a very positive benefit of attending the school.
Campus 2 was only a co-educational primary school up to Year 5. In accordance with Education Department regulations regarding separate single sex campuses for secondary schools, the boys could continue at Campus 2 but from Year 6, the girls had to find an alternative school to continue their education or for many, they would just stop their education all together. This is sometimes a preference of her parents and/or the girl herself.
In response to this, the school introduced a separate section for girls (6th to 9th) in the 2012 academic year. The school has applied to the Government Education Department to register the new girls' section under the name of La Salle High School Campus 2. This has meant girls completing primary classes can continue at the school and the new school has attracted girls from other schools. However, real estate is very limited at the school making it difficult for further infrastructure development.
The government will not provide funding to private schools which makes it difficult for Campus 2 to provide the basic requirements for students. And the school cannot charge high fees due to the low incomes of their families. So the school is dependent on a subsidy from Lasalle English High School Faisalabad for payment of staff salaries.
In 2015, the school renovated the old unused novitiate building to create a separate area for the nursery and prep students.
The school requires additional funding to cover school fees, uniforms, books and stationery and any further upgrades in facilities or school infrastructure.
Twinning is helping to cover the costs of school maintenance work such as electrical and painting, along with the replacement of furniture.
The school's Principal is Br Waseem Sulakhan
La Salle High School Faisalabad
La Salle High School Faisalabad (LSHSF) was founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1961 and commenced providing quality education to 86 local boys from Year 6 to Year 10. In January 1962, the classes moved to a newly constructed school and enrolment grew to 196.
On June 11 1962, the school was officially recognised by Mr. Sadiq, Director of Education (Lahore). Over the years, the school population has continued to grow and the buildings have been constructed to accommodate the increasing numbers.
Today the school has 1667 students from Year 2 to Year 10, with girls permitted to attend primary classes. After Year 5, the girls must move to a girls' only campus for their high school. The name "La Salle" has become well known for providing conducive and quality education throughout Pakistan.
In the 90's, La Salle High School started its Outreach Programme focusing on education in nearby poor communities. Seven schools were created: La Salle Urdu High School (now known as La Salle Campus 2), La Salle High School Khushpur, La Salle High School Malkhanwala, La Salle High School San Singh Walla, La Salle Primary School Railway Colony, St Catherine's Primary School and La Salle High School Gokkuwal.
The profit generated from school fees by La Salle High School are used to subsidise the costs of these seven small schools as their students struggle to pay even partial school fees. These schools receive text books for students and funds to cover the monthly salaries of teachers.
The objectives of all the Lasallian schools are common across all seven schools:
* To address the burden of poverty through provision of education that will provide options for employment and further education. In particular to provide girls an opportunity of creating a better, less marginalised future.
* To address the poor literacy rate within Faisalabad.
In 2009 Br Shahzad George Gill, Principal of LSHSF and President of the Delegation of Pakistan, took charge of the School. There was an urgent need to offer higher secondary education (known as college in Pakistan) to the local community and he presented the plan to expand La Salle High School in order to encompass these College levels (Year 11 and 12). The Province (District) approved the project especially because it offers a possibility to the girls to attend College. The construction commenced in 2011 and was inaugurated on October 23rd 2013.
La Salle College
La Salle College accommodates 640 male students, Muslim and Christian, in a three-storey building that contains 18 classrooms and laboratories, offices, common room and auditorium.
The college offers courses in Intermediate Science/FSc pre-medical, Pre-Engineering, Intermediate Computer Science (ICS), Intermediate of Commerce (Banking), Intermediate of Commerce (IT), and (Faculty in Arts) FA
La Salle College for Women
La Salle College for Women was opened in April 2013 to support girls to complete their Year 11 and 12 studies, as due to the conservative culture, many parents prefer their daughters to continue their studies at an all-girls' campus.
Many girls upon leaving Year 10 find they are discriminated against and struggle to find a place in other local senior Colleges. Christian girls are particularly disenfranchised.
The College provides a solution to this problem and will support female students to complete their higher education qualifications.
There has been strong enrolment since the college opened (over 450 students) as the parents liked the new facilities and modern equipment.
Many of the girls have come from the other Lasallian schools in the area (Sant Singh Wala, Gokkuwal) which do not offer Year 11 and 12 so the College has been an excellent incentive for the girls to continue their higher secondary studies.
Many of these students would have previously dropped out after Year 10 or changed schools, due to the absence of a separate girls' higher secondary school campus. The new girls' campus is attractive to both parents and students not only because of the new facilities but due to the high quality of the teaching staff, and has resulted in a number of new female students enrolling from other schools.
La Salle Secondary School
La Salle Secondary School Khushpur, is situated in one of the largest Christian villages in Pakistan, home to approximately 600 families with 80% of them reliant on farming for their livelihood. The remainder are labourers. There is a very high level of poverty in the area and poor access to basic infrastructure, e.g. the roads are unsealed, access to power and running water is very intermittent. Many of the religious priests, nuns and Brothers serving the Church in Pakistan have come from Khushpur.
St Thomas Government High School in Khushpur was run by the De La Salle Brothers from 1962 until 1972 when, like all schools across Pakistan, it was nationalised by the Government. It targeted the poor predominantly Christian children of local farmers, cooks, drivers, labourers and sanitary workers. Although the government intended to maintain the school, it quickly became neglected and the standard of education declined considerably. St Thomas High School was the only high school in the area for the predominantly Catholic villages. The overall literacy rate in the area declined along with the standards at the school and the number of high school drop outs rose considerably.
In response to the falling standards of education and literacy, the De La Salle Brothers established "La Salle High School" in 2004 for local poor and disadvantaged boys in Year 6 to 12 originally operating from the old La Salle Hostel building. As the building was not originally built to be a school, the classrooms do not have lots of natural light and can get quite hot. The buildings are also very old and require significant maintenance or reconstruction.
Khushpur also offers an after-school tuition centre for children who cannot access regular school classes. The school is also offering a daily class for the younger poor local children (ages 4-9) that involves basic literacy and game playing. This class is being taught by one of the teacher's wives.
Over the years, with the support of the Lasallian Foundation, there have been significant improvements at the school. in 2011, a primary section was started and this has proven to be popular with local families, with primary now catering up to Grade 4. In fact, the numbers in primary are four times higher than in secondary. This is partially due to primary being co-educational and the high school is boys-only.
In 2015, the Lasallian Foundation funded the construction of two new classrooms for Khushpur. However, the classrooms are still crowded and there is a need for two more classrooms.
In April 2016, the first Year 5 class commenced so the school can now provide continuous primary and secondary classes for the boys. Girls need to attend a local secondary school after Year 5, in keeping with the education regulations. There is space for new classrooms on top of the recently completed classrooms.
The school's Principal is Br Moon Atif.
In 1975 Br Alban French, a Canadian Brother began teaching the children of the servants in Multan who were not attending school, basic maths and English. After Br Alban's death in 1985, this program was formally established into a school called Alban's Academy in 1987 targeting disadvantaged children. It opened with 50 students and this has steadily increased to over 450 students.
The school continues to target poor and neglected youth. The fee for the high school classes is US$3, and US$2 for primary. This English medium primary and high school has both a girls and boys section, respecting the majority Muslim student population and the government education board regulations which do not allow the mixing of the girls and boys. Due to the two separate campuses, there has been a need to duplicate many resources (e.g. books, equipment, library, labs etc).
As the girls' campus is newer, there is great need to continue to improve their resources and facilities, as the facilities for the boys were constructed first.
The girls campus is located with the primary campus, which is permitted. Despite the lack of resources in the girls section, the students are confident and are very enthusiastic about their education.
Albans Academy has achieved excellent academic results particularly in recent years, reflected in the high student numbers and increasing applications for admission. Albans has also achieved strong results in sporting activities, including basketball (2014/2015 their team reached and won the Nationals)
The school has 500 students (both Muslim and Christian) and most families struggle to pay school fees, so the school is subsidised by La Salle High School Multan.
The size and location of the school property in urban Multan restricts any expansion of infrastructure for Alban's Academy as this would impact the available playground.
Through Twinning, funds are being raised to repair the floor surfaces at the school to provide a safer place for the children to play, reducing injuries and to minimise damage on students' shoes, uniforms and bags.
The school's Principal is Br Shahid Mughal
La Salle High School Multan
La Salle High School (LSHSM) in Multan was commenced by the De La Salle Brothers in February 1960 to provide quality education to the local community.
La Salle High School Multan is an English-medium pre-nursery, primary, secondary and college school (prep through to Year 12).
The school has an excellent reputation and is considered to be one of the best private schools in the Multan area with students consistently achieving top results in the national examinations.
Similar to La Salle English Medium High School Faisalabad, the school teaches the traditional high school curriculum for boys, as well as offering the Cambridge program for both girls and boys.
The majority of students are able to afford school fees as most of the parents have secure employment.
The school is not only financially self-sustainable but also helps to finance poorer De La Salle projects including Alban's Academy, La Salle College Hostel, and Ahamadabad Primary School.
Ahmadabad Primary School
Ahmedabad is a suburb of Multan and the De La Salle Brothers own eight acres of agricultural land, a school and also some other real estate in this area.
This is the smallest and one of the poorest schools managed by the Brothers in Pakistan. The students' parents are generally domestic workers and daily labourers who are extremely poor.
The school is staffed by eight female teachers and since 2010, enrolment has increased. Almost 50 percent of the students do not pay the PKR200 (A$2.03)/month) school fee.
Br Zafar Daud has been transferring old computer equipment from La Salle High School Multan to Ahmedabad. He is also encouraging the La Salle Multan Primary and High School students to donate their old uniforms, books, stationary etc at the end of the school year to the students of Ahmedabad.
This has assisted the students and staff greatly. However, this school remains under-resourced and under-funded.
Due to a lack of space, the headmistress utilises a classroom as her office. This space is also the staff room and storage area.
Twinning is helping improve facilities for staff, including the construction of an office for the headmistress, a purpose-built staff room and bathroom facilities for the staff.