Slum School سلم سکول also known as Solar Night School سولر نائٹ سکول by Mohammad Rohayl Varind محمد روحیل ورند is Pakistan’s First Solar Night School located in Faisalabad. Slum School is an attempt to educate child labourers, underprivileged youth, street children & children living in slums. It’s an attempt to win war against poverty, illiteracy & terrorism.
SLUM abbreviation. SLUM = Students Learning Under the Moon
It’s an alternative education system for 23 million out of school children living in Pakistan. Most of these children works whole day & gets free at night. Our school starts around 7 PM after sunset so these students can easily join us after their work which usually ends before this time.
Slum School is a system of education designed for the deserving yet underprivileged students. Since its inauguration in 2016, it is teaching more than 100 students with free provisions of food, bags, books, clothes, sports items and stationary in the slum of Faisalabad.
The school not only teaches the basics to children from underprivileged backgrounds but also teaches them basic ethics and etiquette. There are also some other engaging activities Family Days, Sports Days, Ice Cream days, Mango Parties, Eid Milan Parties, Arts Classes etc the school has tried to keep the students interested. There are also distribution ceremonies where students are given chocolates, biscuits, clothes, food and other gifts.
The classes take place outdoors with just a whiteboard for the teacher to write on and a piece of cloth for the students to sit and learn. Rohayl has taken it upon himself to go to the school for at least two hours on a daily basis.
The quality of education at the Slum School is in no way enough to negate the need for a formal education, but the effort alone is commendable. Rohayl Varind also argues that “the main motive is to bring knowledge and basic level education to otherwise deprived children and adults, who would not be having even an inkling of or just meager knowledge or education otherwise”.
Rohayl Varind started Slum School when he was 21 years old. He teaches in his Slum School at night by using solar fans & solar nights. These special classes are conducted for students who are involved in child labour and returns home after sunset. Moreover parents of our students also attends these night classes. Rohayl Varind has been teaching there alone since the begining but now since last few months his friends sometimes join as a volunteer too.
Digital Equality: Empowering child labourers, underprivileged youth, street children & children living in slums in Pakistan with Information and Technology. We believe it is the portal to upward mobility, a means for students to escape poverty. This is the reason we are teaching our students how to use IT, Laptop, Adobe Photoshop etc. We are trying to replace besom & broom with laptop. Currently we are teaching graphic designing to our female students who are working as house help & maid.
As it’s a dream project for Rohayl Varind he tried his best to do anything which he can for his Slum School (An alternative education system) it’s been around 2 years he have taken break from his studies/degree, took break from his buisness, not a single day off from working on this, few hours of sleep, his health suffered a lot but he beleives his country needs this. His country is above him and any loss which he is bearing. It’s been several decades Pakistan is facing illetracy and only education can change Pakistan’s present & future. So he needs to work even more hard to achieve his goal to create an alternative education system for 23 million underpriviledge children.
Slum School has also been featured & appreciated by numerous International Media & Organisations, Pakistani news channels & news papers including BBC News Urdu, BBC News Hindi, BBC News Punjabi, Gulf News, World Economic Forum, TRT World, Quartz, VOA Urdu, ARY News, GEO News, Express News, National Geographic, Daily Pakistan, Jang Newspaper, Brilio, QQ.com. Xuehua etc. Our work has been featured & translated in Chinese, Russian, Thai, Albanian, Hindi, Portugese & Indonesian language as well. Now, Slum School hopes to spread this concept further around the country and encourage other people to take part as well. When asked about how he supports his venture and how should people contact him if they want to contribute, he said that there are no permanent donors.
Moreover, we don’t take cash donations we prefer donations in the form of food, solar equipment, IT products (Laptop, Tablet, Projector etc) Moreover we also want people to buy a board and a board marker themselves and start teaching unprivileged kids around them, like their maids, the security guards or their children, and so on.
Everything for students are free in the class free books, free bags, free stationary, free food we provide them new shoes, new clothes etc. Even parents of our students also get free food, free shoes, free clothes, free ration as a motivation. Children just need to come for 90-120 minutes.
Slum School – Fighting Terrorism
According to statistics Pakistan is amongst top 5 countries which are most affected by Terrorism. I, Rohayl Varind started working for Pakistan’s peace and a fight against terrorism since my teenage through several projects I believe Education is a vaccine for poverty so in 2016 I started a Slum School, a system of education designed for the deserving yet underprivileged students. I have personally seen that violent students are becoming calm day by day as education education eliminates triggers of violence as well as Education promotes self discipline it helps children to become disciplined and trained in peaceful coexistence with others in society. It also promotes self regulation and helps to keep violent impulses in check. I have been following terrorist attack in Pakistan and have been researching on them since last several years and I discovered Terrorist groups recruit from largely poor and uneducated sections of society which have no access to employment or money. Education eliminates poverty and unemployment, which are often motivations for terrorism so I believe Killing leaders of terror groups does not stop the militant organisation, education does. Several cases abound whereby prominent leaders of terror groups have been killed, but militancy has not ended. Someone else simply takes over in the chain of command. To end terrorism, lasting social change through education is vital. People can be killed, ideologies cannot: While a person can be killed, an ideology can only be combated through education.
Slum School – Fighting Illiteracy
Pakistan is a country plagued by issues like poverty, corruption, and, the biggest of all, illiteracy. With an overall literacy rate of 56.6% (according to data available from UNESCO in 2015), Pakistan is found in the lower ranks of the list of countries according to their literacy rates.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the lack of literacy rate in Pakistan and will continue to do so for quite some time— one of the biggest being the 24 million or so children that have never been to school.
“There are unfortunately an estimated 250 million children in Asia alone who are either deprived of school or are drop outs,” says Rohayl Varind. “As an educationist, my conscience would not be at peace unless I made a difference in these statistics and thereby the condition of the world brought on by it.”
About Rohayl Varind (Founder of SLUM School)
Rohayl Varind is an International Award Winning Entrepreneur, Innovator, Social Activist & Educationist. Winner of World Summit Youth Award 2014-2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he was declared victorious from amongst 1898 submissions, spanning 138 countries, impressing a panel of 40 jurors from all corners of the globe. He is first Pakistani to receive youth award in Brazil. He is the founder of several welfare projects as well as entrepreneurial ventures. He has initiated Pakistan’s first “Solar Night School” & labour school. He is also the creator of Pakistan’s first ‘Solar School Bags’. His efforts for this school has received appreciation from world over. He is the CEO of ‘Times of Youth’, an international youth magazine, ‘Share To Aware’, ‘Sonrie Ofertas’.
Rohayl has always made Pakistan proud for his national & international contribution towards education, youth, peace & prosperity. In 2017, Rohayl Varind was appointed as Pakistan’s First Male Jury Member & Ambassador of World Summit Awards. To date more than 178 countries are actively involved. World Summit Awards events are held in USA, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Brazil etc.
In 2018, Rohayl Varind was titled as “Super Hero of Pakistan” by Pakistan’s one of the most popular news channel NEO News. Rohayl & his work has been appreciated & featured by numerous international media & organisations, Pakistani news channels & news papers several times including prestigious World Economic Forum, DW, MSN, BBC News Urdu, BBC News Hndi, National Geographic, BBC News Punjabi, Gulf News, VOA Urdu, BBC Radio, DW Urdu, TRT World, Quartz, ARY News, GEO News, Paperazzi Magazine, Pakistan Today, Daily Pakistan, Jang Newspaper, The Nation, The News, Diva Magazine, QQ. com.
His work has been featured & been translated in Chinese, Russian, Thai, Albanian, Hindi & Indonesian language as well. Rohayl has been featured on the Front Page of Gulf News (UAE’s one of the most read newspaper). He is the founder of one of the first project that was featured by BBC News Punjabi as “Video of the week”. Rohayl’s is one of the youngest Pakistani who is featured by World Economic Forum & his “Slum School” is first project from Faisalabad to be featured by World Economic Forum.
External Links about Slum School:
Daily Pakistan https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/education-for-all-pakistans-first-solar-night-school-enlightens-slums/
World Economic Forum https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/at-pakistan-s-slum-school-child-labourers-can-get-a-formal-education-at-night
TRT World https://www.trtworld.com/video/social-videos/pakistans-solar-powered-schools-for-the-underprivileged/5b60328e0ab8e2110baeaefc
Business Recorder https://www.brecorder.com/2018/08/03/432016/this-slum-school-in-faisalabad-produces-its-own-electricity/
Pakistan Today https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/08/07/faisalabads-slum-school-using-solar-energy-to-teach-children-at-night/
Daily Pakistan https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/rohayl-varind-young-pakistani-humanitarian-is-on-his-latest-mission-the-slum-school/
Daily Pakistan https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/campus-news/ramadan-blessings-slum-schools-rohayl-varind-starts-night-classes-for-children/
Monthly Brands https://monthlybrands.com.pk/young-pakistani-humanitarian-mission-educate-pakistan-slum-school/
Global Village Space https://www.globalvillagespace.com/pakistans-first-solar-night-school/
Slum School on BBC News
BBC News (Urdu) http://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-42421921
BBC News (Punjabi) https://www.bbc.com/punjabi/media-42546866
BBC News (Hindi) http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-42609964
BBC News http://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-42423097
BBC News Documentary https://youtu.be/rLpekZXxm6k
Slum School on Voice of America VOA