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NEWSLETTER July-December 2006

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IN THIS ISSUE KEF Head Office

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Peal Valley Public School Rawalakot

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Soan Valley Public School

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Institute of Teacher Education - Pakhowal

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KEF - UK

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Overview

Overview

Kashmir Education Foundation crossed another milestone during the last 6 months when its Institute of Teacher Education Pakhowal extended its intake of trainees from most of Pakistan & AJK including remote areas of Balochistan and interior Sind. The Foundation started two courses simultaneously to cater for increased demand for training from other NGOs and institutions. Additionally a number of national and international NGOs are also approaching KEF to organise special courses and workshops for teachers both in private and public sectors. The Foundation has taken a number of initiatives to address the poor education standards in our rural areas. These include certification course of four month duration for local teachers and from underprivileged areas, workshops of 1-2 week on core subjects for local teachers and training of principals/head teachers in efficient management of schools in rural areas. Subject to availability of funds, these programs will start from spring of 2007. KEF-UK deserves special mention for their efforts to provide human and material resources, new initiatives to raise financial assistance and consultancy for collaborative strategic planning and capacity building. With the help of KEF friends we will endeavour to come up to their expectations.

KEF Head Office:

KEF U.K:

150 Westridge I, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Tel: +92-51-547 2686, 548 1763 Fax: +92-51-548 1763 Email: info@kef.org.pk Website: www.kef.org.pk

370 Thornton Road, Whetley Mills, Bradford, BD9 4BG, UK. Tel: +44 1274 549970 Fax: +44 1274 549979 Email: info@kefuk.org website: www.kefuk.org

For latest news visit: www.kef-pk.blogspot.com


KEF Head Office Renewal of Certification by PCP Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) visited Pakhowal Complex and KEF HO in November for PCP certification renewal, this has been renewed with better aggregate points.

Appointment of New Trustee Mrs. Talat Farooq has been elected as a trustee to the Board of KEF in October 2006. She is an experienced educationist, a committed social worker and author of Urdu poetry Titley key Rang Hazar (The thousand colours of a butterfly)

Visit of Team from University of Gloucestershire An eminent team of University of Gloucestershire including Dr. Alison Scott-Baumann, senior lecturer of School of Education and KEF-UK Trustee, Elaine Judd, a lecturer and teacher trainer and M. Akram Khan Cheema OBE, an OFSTED inspector and consultant visited KEF projects in November 2006. The team was satisfied with the standard of education and teacher training. They also had detailed discussions with Ali Institute of Education, Syed Babar Ali Foundation, Lahore and Bahria University, Islamabad to explore the possibility of setting up a secondary level Institute of Teacher Education in collaboration with University of Gloucestershire and KEF.

Donation of Computers by Bahria University Bahria University has donated 25 computers to Pearl Valley Public School and Soan Valley Public School. The handing over ceremony was held in Bahria University Auditorium in December 2006. Apart from media the function was attended by Rector, Staff and students of Bahira University KEF Chairman, trustees, CEO, principals, faculty members and students from PVPS & SVPS.

Amendments in KEF Memorandum of Association (MoA) A special meeting of Board of Trustees was held in December, 2006 to review of MoA and associated Rules and Regulations to bring them in conformity with latest Income Tax Rules and provisions of Societies Act.

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Corporate Support for KEF Pharmagen Ltd Lahore and the Bank Alfalah Ltd have supported KEF with annual donation of Rs. 3.0 million and Rs. 1.5 million respectively. Metropolitan Bank has also donated Rs. 100,000.

Grant of Tax Exemption KEF has been granted tax exemption under Sec 2(36) which under the new Income Tax Rules will not require annual revision.

Internal Audit To ensure efficient utilisation of funds and strict adherence to Foundation's policies, KEF has appointed M/s Gardezi and Company, Chartered Accountants as Internal Auditors. The first internal audit was done in October/November 2006.

Pearl Valley Public School (PVPS), Rawalakot PVPS Shines Again PVPS, despite its location in a remote area of Azad Kashmir with students mainly coming from underprivileged families achieved the distinction of highest GPA in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination 2006 from amongst 554 schools affiliated with Federal Board from all over Pakistan, AJ&K and overseas. PVPS also has the distinction that all students who appeared in last two SSC examinations achieved A or higher grades. The senior classes were given a party by friends of KEF who also played a friendly cricket match with the boy students of these classes.

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Annual Day The PVPS held its Annual Day in September at its campus in Rawalakot. The occasion was attended by dignitaries from AJK as well as Punjab. The Chief Guest was Sardar Mohammad Habib Khan, one of the founding fathers of the KEF. It was on the insistence of the Principal of the PVPS, AVM (R) Aftab Raja, that M Habib Khan accepted the honour of being the Chief Guest. The Principal made a detailed and heart-felt address about how he rose from his humble beginning from the same village to become the man that he did become. It is all a matter of hard work, honesty and dedication that makes the difference. The Chief Guest later distributed prizes to the children as well as the position holders.

Award of Merit Scholarships for Class 10 Students (Federal Board Examination) Sardar Muhammad Qasim Khan Memorial Merit Scholarship 2006 (Cedar House) for first position in PVPS

Momel Nazir

91.43 %

Quasir Bibi Memorial Merit Scholarship 2006 (Chinar House) for second position in PVPS

Taqdees Ibrar

91.33 %

Habib Khan Merit Scholarship 2006 (Chinar House) for 3rd position in PVPS

Haider Wazir

87.71 %

Soan Valley Public School (SVPS) SVPS Upgraded SVPS has shown satisfactory improvement in quality of teaching, management and specially in development of curriculum and resource material. The School library with over 5000 books in addition to small libraries in each class room is now fully functional under the new librarian - Mr. Nasir Raja. The library for secondary level students is now

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being catalogued. SVPS now also has a new language lab, equipment for which was purchased from Coomber UK. The computer lab has also been made partly functional with nine computers. New Faculty In December, 2006 four teachers who graduated from KEF's Post Graduate Diploma Course (PGD) at Institute of Teacher Education (ITE) joined SVPS. Faculty from PVPS that assisted in starting SVPS will return to Rawalakot hopefully by December 2007, by that nd time 2 PGD course would have graduated and the present faculty will have the required experience.

Inculcating Health consciousness The school management has paid special attention on inculcating health consciousness amongst parents and students by arranging medical check up of students, briefing individual parents about the health of their children and vaccination of students against hepatitis.

Institute of Teacher Education (ITE) - Pakhowal “At the time of joining the course I was not a very confident, competent and skillful person. I couldn't speak English. The training was quite different and challenging than my expectations. I have learnt a lot of fascinating skills, methods, strategies and techniques, lesson planning, classroom management, time management and organisation. I have different solutions for one problem. I have learnt how to develop a child's personality in every aspect and how to deal with the child in respect of any difficulties. I utilised all these valuable things when I had a golden chance in teaching practices. I used all these successfully and effectively. I have improved my observational, analytical, listening and speaking skills and how to accurately assess a child. My trainers have trained me well throughout and what I have learnt will be very valuable in my future career. As far as my personal development is concerned I am now very confident, competent, enthusiastic and committed to my responsibilities. Before I was not patient, I was

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tense and confused. Now I have the ability to bear all challenging situations and troubles both boldly and courageously. I became an independent girl who relies on her inner and hidden abilities, who thinks deeply and can create an imaginative thing. I am very lucky who got chance to get training from this Institute because it is totally different from other Pakistani courses. It has given me life, decision making and problem solving skills. In short this course soundly affected my whole personality.� Nazia Ashraf November 2006 Above is the experience of a graduate of the ITE, Pakhowal, written in her words

Open Day The ITE held an Open Day in December 2006 to mark the successful completion of first Post Graduate Diploma Course with 27 students in the new Pakhowal Complex. The event was attended by local dignitaries, Trustees and the heads of education institutions in the area. The Director ITE Joan Atkinson gave a detailed account of the functioning of ITE and the high standards achieved by the students during the course. Chairman KEF Major General (R) M. Rahim Khan briefed the audience about the vision of KEF and the role it is

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playing to promote quality education in the underprivileged areas. This was followed by performance by students ranging from drama, singing to reciting poetry. Amongst the drama performances was a make believe dialogue between Goldilocks and Socrates, one between Goldilocks and Rousseau, and a selection of the play “A Midsummer Night's Dream� by William Shakespeare. nd

2 Post Graduate Diploma Course The second Post Graduate Diploma Course started in November, 2006 with 50 students. This included for the first time four students from Turbat, Balochistan, two students from interior Sindh, four students from Mianwali, eight students for KEF school in Banjosa (Azad Kashmir) and eight students sponsored by CHIP from Sohawa. 39 of these students are residing in ITE hostel.

Provision of Additional Facilities The science lab has been made functional with most equipment required for primary level. The language lab equipment is in place along with the library. Furnishing of ITE and hostel has also been completed.

KEF-UK Annual Fund-raising Dinner In Bradford KEF-UK held its annual fund-raising dinner in Bradford in early September. KEF Chairman, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) M Rahim Khan and Mr. Javed Ibrahim Khan (KEF Pakistan Trustee) flew in specially to attend this year's event and to meet our supporters in the United Kingdom. Mr. Shahid Malik, newly elected Member of the House of Commons, was the special guest at the dinner. Artwork and pieces of writing by the children of Pearl Valley Public School (PVPS) were on display at the venue. The quality of work received warm praise from our guests. This year over 630 guests attended the f u n d r a i s e r. Entertainment was provided by famous Pakistani artists, Moin Akhter and

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Anwar Maqsood. KEF-UK would like to express its gratitude to all of these loyal supporters who made the event such a great success.

U.K Schools Forging Partnerships With PVPS & ITE Two UK secondary schools, Acklam Grange School (AGS) in Middlesbrough and Valentines High School (London) are in the process of developing sustainable partnerships with PVPS and the ITE. The purpose of these partnerships will be to share good practices, develop joint projects and to develop a global dimension in school life. Video conferencing, staff and student visits will play a vital role in maintaining these partnerships between and KEF schools and the UK. Acklam Grange High School in collaboration with 'ConquerMaths' has recently provided PVPS with over one hundred licenses (at no cost to KEF). Pupils and staff now have free unlimited access, to over 480 audio/animated Maths tutorials. The aim of this interactive package is to enhance students' learning and understanding of mathematical concepts. KEF-UK would like to thank Mr. John Bate (Head teacher AGS), Mr. Zahid Mehmood (AGS) and ConquerMaths.com for granting KEF pupils access to this valuable resource. ‘Seven Runs on Seven Suns’

You can help Anna to raise funds for the Kashmir Education Foundation by sponsoring her generously - from anywhere in the world. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the KEF-UK website (www.kefuk.org) from mid January. They will also be available from the offices of KEF-UK and KEF Pakistan. KEF thanks Anna and wish her the very best of luck in this great endeavour.

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Miss. Anna Finn, a London based teacher, has kindly decided to raise funds for KEF, by running seven marathons on seven consecutive Sundays (including London and Paris) in spring 2007. Anna who is 30 years old lives in London. So far she has competed in some twenty-one marathons to raise funds for a number of charities. Anna's fastest run so far has been 3hrs 55 minutes15 seconds. This time she is planning to run in fancy dress with the KEF logo. The marathons that Anna will run for KEF are as follows:

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