Mahmood-o-Ayaz Project

Project Rationale

Pakistan is a developing country that is on the verge of a financial crisis. Traditional education systems that work well in developed countries take too much time to add individuals to the national workforce.

While the affluent may have the resources and the luxury to send their kids through 17-18 years of education, for those who live below the poverty line this means 17 years lost that would otherwise have been utilized in earning bread for the family.

Project Objectives

  • To minimize the delays in converting Pakistan’s dependent population to an independent one that can contribute towards increasing the country’s GDP.

  • To bridge the gaps between the privileged and the underprivileged sections of the society.

  • To increase remittances by developing exportable skilled labor.

  • To alleviate poverty in the process.

Project Outline

  • Revising the syllabus to ensure a maximum of 10 years from grade 1 to graduation.

  • Stripping out subjects that do not contribute to the economy, or prove as a hurdle to efficient learning. Examples: Pakistan Studies, Urdu, Islamiat, Biology (for engineering/business), Physics / Chemistry (for medical).

  • Group I (grade 1-5): Only three subjects – English, Mathematics and Computers. By grade 5, students should achieve proficiency in English and Math that is equivalent to those who are about to appear in the Cambridge O-level Exam. The students should also be proficient in typing, and basic computer skills such as MS Office, Internet.

  • Group II (grade 6-10): Only professional education pertinent to the field chosen by the student. For example, if a student, his family and teachers (after mutual agreement and years of observation/interviews) have decided for him to become a doctor, only university level medical education should be imparted to him. Principles of physics and chemistry that are relevant in physiology and biochemistry should be explained in as much detail as is required to understand the concepts. No need to teach a future doctor about PNP and NPN transistors.

Target Populations

  • Population A: Extremely poor families that cannot send their children to school, and resort to child labor to feed themselves.

  • Population B: Rich families that can pay in excess of PKR100K per month.

Population Composition

  • Population A: 50% – never attended school, 5-15 year old, parents below poverty line.

  • Population B: 50%.

Benefits for Participants

  • General Benefits: 10 years maximum from grade 1 to graduation, stripping out excess subjects. Ability to produce competent doctors, engineers and businessmen at a tender age of 14-15 years.

  • Population A: Stipend of PKR 20k per child.

  • Population B: Most rich parents dream about their children finding good jobs in countries such as USA, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc. Early graduation and professional education curriculum centered around finding jobs in developed countries (e.g. preparation for foreign licensing exams such as USMLE) provides a quick and efficient road to fulfill that dream.

Plan of Action

  • Phase I (Experimental): 10 years. 1 District. Only recruit students from Population A. Develop a curriculum that is palatable as well as efficient. Devise a methodology to effectively divide students from Group A into suitable fields in Group B upon graduation (based on the students’ ability and teacher’s assessment).

  • Phase II (Staging): 10 years. Multiple Districts. Population A:Population B = 2:1. Improve the system to accommodate students with weak performance. Induct rich students and work on the psychological and sociological aspects of the amalgamation.

  • Phase III (Production): Ongoing. Entire country. Population A:Population B = 1:1. Work on making the project sustainable and increase the stipends to Population A parents.

Feasibility

1000 students per campus. Monthly Housing / Hostels (Population A) – PKR 5M. Monthly cumulative stipend (Population A) – PKR 1M to 5M. Monthly income from fees (Population B) – PKR 50M.