pupils at school in Pakistan

The Light Home School is the only school in Garjakh colony, Gujranwala, an industrial city in the north-east of the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the sixth largest city in Pakistan with a population of approximately 2.5 million, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Due to extensive road and rail links the city has flourished with the growth of manufacturing and agriculture.

Families living in the colony are very poor and the fathers of the children have little choice but to work in menial jobs such as street sweepers, factory workers and daily labourers in the construction industry, while some mothers clean the homes of the wealthy. Consequently, the families are unable to afford to pay for the education of their children.

There are around 180 children attending the school. Including the Principal, there are ten teachers at the school.

Some of the school operates in a large room with the rest of the school being situated in single brick rooms on the roof. Two classes sit outside on the roof and it is hoped that a further two rooms will be able to cope with these classes. The rooms constructed on the roof have enabled the school to expand.

pupils at school in Pakistan
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