SLUM School by Mohammad Rohayl Varind is Pakistan’s First Solar Night School & World’s One of the First Solar Night School. It’s an attempt to educate child labourers and underprivileged youth after the sunset using solar power because they work whole day and gets free from their jobs/work at night. 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 = Solar Lights Under Moon

It’s an alternative education system for 23 million out of school children & millions of underprivileged youth 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 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 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 beginning.

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, Laptops, Tablets, Website Designing, Graphic Designing, 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.

It’s been several decades Pakistan is facing illiteracy 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 underprivileged children & millions of underprivileged  yotuh.

SLUM School has also been featured & appreciated by numerous International Media & Organisations, Pakistani news channels & news papers including BBC News, BBC World, BBC future, 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, 24 News, BOL News, Daily Pakistan, Jang Newspaper, Brilio, Xuehua etc. Our work has been featured & translated in Chinese, Russian, Thai, German, Albanian, Hindi, Portuguese & 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 people to donate their time. We want people to volunteer at our SLUM School. 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. “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.”

Rohayl Varind

About Rohayl (Founder of SLUM School)

Mohammad Rohayl Varind is an International Award-Winning & Internationally acclaimed Tech Entrepreneur, Innovator, & Educationist. Winner of World Summit Youth Award 2014-2015 (World’s Biggest Youth Award) 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 the founder of several welfare projects as well as entrepreneurial ventures. He has initiated World’s one of the First Solar Night School & Pakistan’s first and largest Solar Night School. He is also the creator of Pakistan’s first Solar School Bags. Rohayl’s welfare initiative “Wall of Humanity” also went viral in India and was replicated in several cities of India which helped thousand of underprivileged people living in India as well.
He is the CEO at Varind Group, Varind Holdings, Best Solar (Pvt) Ltd, Zero Bill System, Etc.
Since childhood, he wanted to do something impactful for his country. Rohayl has been working to empower Pakistan’s youth and underprivileged people of Pakistan since a tender age, his struggle for Pakistan comprises 12 years of hard work starting as a volunteer and then initiating his own welfare initiatives for the betterment of Pakistan and its people in 2010. He believes every Pakistani has the power to change, we don’t need to wait for politicians to transform Pakistan, we should do whatever we can, it’s not the result that matters the thing which matters the most is our efforts and intentions.
In 2013, Rohayl created “VOICE OF R” World’s one of the first online youth magazine and Pakistan’s first online youth magazine to highlight youth issues, provide them a platform to raise their voices, and aware them about social issues. He also won World Summit Youth Award (2014) for this and was the finalist of Mbillionth Award (2015) based in India. In 2015 it was renamed “Times of Youth”.
Rohayl has always made Pakistan proud for his national & international contribution towards education, youth, peace & prosperity. In 2017, Rohayl was appointed as Pakistan’s First Male Jury Member & Ambassador of the World Summit Awards. To date, more than 178 countries are actively involved. World Summit Awards events are held in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Brazil, etc. Moreover, Rohayl Varind is also the first and only Pakistani who is listed in the Hall of Fame of World Summit Awards (WSA)
In 2018, Rohayl Varind was titled “Super Hero of Pakistan” by Pakistan’s one of the most popular news channel NEO News along with that He has been featured in the top 5 educationists list by ARY News in 2018 & 2019. He was also featured in Commonwealth Young Achievers Book 2015-16 (A book by one of the largest and most diverse youth-led international organisations. Representing 1.2 billion young people from across 53 countries of the Commonwealth.)
Rohayl’s SLUM School is the World’s one of the first solar school to be featured by the prestigious “World Economic Forum”. He is also one of the First Pakistani to be featured by BBC News Punjabi. He featured on the Front Page of Gulf News (UAE’s one of the most read newspaper) along with that full one-page feature was published in Gulf News about Rohayl and his Solar School Bags. Rohayl is one of the first Pakistani to win an award in Brazil. Documentary on his SLUM School was the first project from Pakistan that was featured by BBC News Punjabi which is based in Delhi, India as “Video of the week”.
Rohayl is a TedX speaker and in 2019 he was invited at TedX FC College. Rohayl Won YRC Youth Icon of the year award in 2018 at Kinnaird College Lahore. Moreover, he has been invited to several international and national conferences, and in 2019 Rohayl spoke at 4GameChangers, One of the world’s biggest international festival for influencers, visionaries, gamechangers organised in Austria, Europe. Partners and sponsors of this festival were BMW, Google, DHL, Siemens, and several other World’s leading brands/companies.  Rohayl is also one of the World’s youngest educationist and innovator to speak about Education 4.0 in Europe.
In November 2020 Mohammad Rohayl Varind was shortlisted for the WSA Young Innovators 2020 Award. Only 26 innovators got shortlisted from 76 countries.
In March 2021 Rohayl was shortlisted as a finalist for the 7th Social Media for Empowerment (SM4E) Awards 2020-2021 by Digital Empowerment Foundation India.
Rohayl’s free online school named which he initiated in 2017 not only provides free and quality education to Pakistanis but also thousands of privileged and underprivileged people living in the United States, Singapore, India, United Kingdom, China, France, Canada, Germany, Belgium, and several other countries get free and quality education from his online school.
In December 2020, Rohayl was invited as an opening speaker in a panel discussion organised by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), Milkar, and the Government of Punjab, he was the youngest speaker in the session. Digital media partner of this panel discussion was Geo News, The News, Jang Newspaper, etc.
On 23rd March 2021, Mohammad Rohayl Varind was honoured with the title of “Pride of Pakistan” by Pakistan Army/ISPR and received a special invitation to attend Pakistan Day Parade by ISPR/Pakistan Army as “Pride of Pakistan”. President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited his enclosure to acknowledge his efforts for Pakistan and its people. Along with that Rohayl was invited at lunch as “Pride of Pakistan” by DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar. He also received a certificate of appreciation from Adjutant General Pakistan Army LT Gen Muhammad Aamer.
Through his digital initiative “Share To Aware” Rohayl is spreading awareness, a positive image of Pakistan, and restoring faith in humanity amongst millions of people from all over the World. Share To Aware posts/content have reached more than 50 million people across the globe.
Rohayl & his work has been appreciated by numerous International Media & Organisations, Pakistani news channels & newspapers including BBC News, BBC World, BBC future, BBC News Urdu, BBC News Hindi, BBC News Punjabi, Gulf News, World Economic Forum, TRT World, National Geographic, Quartz, VOA Urdu, ARY News, GEO News, Samaa Tv, Dunya News, 92 News, Neo TV, Express News, The News, 24 News, BOL News, Daily Pakistan, Jang Newspaper, Brilio, etc.
His work has been featured & translated in Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Thai, Albanian, Hindi, Urdu, English, German, Portuguese & Indonesian language as well.
Rohayl has been featured several times by 3 Government-owned news channels. 1) PTV News (Government of Pakistan), 2) NHK (Government of Japan), 3) DW (Government of Germany).
Rohayl is among the few people in the World whose personal Facebook profile, official Facebook page, and organisation’s official Facebook page got verified/blue badge/blue tick by Facebook.
In May 2021, US Embassy Pakistan, US Embassy Islamabad, and US Consulate General Karachi acknowledged the contributions made by Rohayl Varind’s SLUM School.

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External Links about Slum School:
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Pakistan Today


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Global Village Space
Slum School on BBC News

BBC News (Urdu)

BBC News (Punjabi)

BBC News (Hindi)

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