PEACE SCHOOL - Home of Peace Ambassadors
Peace School is a project of FACES Pakistan where children of marginalized communities are provided with quality education.
Peace School: A Contextual Analysis of the Idea behind the Peace School and its development through all these years:
A proper education that cultivates critical and independent thought is vital for the progress and development of all societies. In order to escape the tragic spire of abject poverty that afflicts the vast majority of the population of Pakistan, raising standards of living, and enhancing the general quality of life, we need to educate our children.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of children in Pakistan are not even attending school, and therefore do not have the opportunity to access any form of education in terms of literacy and numeracy. Though the government has constitutionally mandated free education, as stated by Article 25-A of the 18th Amendment in the Constitution, which reads, “The state shall provide free and compulsory educational to all children aged of five to 16 years..,” such promulgations are useless rhetorical charades until the state enacts a series of policies that directly target the specific reasons that prevent a child from attaining his or her constitutionally-mandated, non-negotiable right to a free education.
Education as a tool to build Peace Leadership of the Future:
FACES Pakistan with the continued help and support of its partner organization, Caritas Austria, has vowed its timeless commitment to educate children of the marginalized communities.
Phase I: 2009-2018:
The idea of Peace School was conceived in 2009 and four schools were made operational accommodating the primary level education. These schools were in located in the cities of Gujrat, Sialkot and Lahore, providing free and standard education to 1050 deserving children.
Phase II: 2018-2022:
These schools continued until 2018, where The Peace school project came under the umbrella of the Project Edu-Pak: Education for children from marginalized families in Pakistan (Edu-Pak). Under the project, FACES Pakistan managed to improve the access to quality education and creation of a safe and child-friendly learning environment for 1600 students in its PEACE schools in Pakistan.
Phase III: 2023 Onward
One of the major objective of the Edu-Pak was the construction of one new school building with improved infrastructure and equipment with complete teaching material provided to teachers and students. The new Peace School building is an outcome to achieve that objective and to attain sustainable project targets of educational needs of the Peace School.
Current Phase of the Peace Schools: The Vision, the Mission, and Prospects:
FACES Pakistan aims to use education as our tool to improve the socioeconomic status of marginalized communities in Pakistan, promoting inter-religious and intercultural harmony amongst different factions of society through the provision of education for children.
- The Peace School Lahore
- The Peace School Karachi
Our Curriculum: ‘Learning by doing
The Curriculum of our school is based on the model of ‘learning by doing’. Learning by doing refers to a theory of education. This theory has been expounded by American philosopher John Dewey and Latin American pedagogue Paulo Freire.
Pedagogy of Teaching: Insipid Learning
We have taken Sindh Textbook Board’s Syllabus as a guideline to our curriculum and children will be well versed in all the topics as mentioned in the board’s syllabus. The methodology to teach these topics will be improvised to the modern methods of pedagogical teaching and learning. Waldorf education is true ‘Inspired Learning’.
“Waldorf education is not a pedagogical system but an art - the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being.” ~ Rudolf Steiner
Our Teaching Staff:
We have aimed to train our teachers based on the models discussed earlier. Teachers in our Peace Schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. It helps engender the capacity for joyful lifelong learning.
- d) Future Prospects:
At our Peace Schools, we plan to create an environment that is inclusive of the needs of the communities we are catering. We plan to make these students future peace leaders to the world who will be apt in the art of peace keeping which is the need of the hour and a peaceful future for our world.