Friday, 30 December 2011

A School at Achhro thar, a good work of Pakistani Rangers

Khipro: A good effort has been taking for uplifting education in Achhro thar (White Desert located near Khipro) by Pakistan Rangers. The school has established in the Sadau village, 90 Kilo meters away from Khipro city. The Rangers' school - named after philanthropist Mian Muhammad Yusuf - was opened in 2010 and around 150 students, majority of them girls, are enrolled at the school.

In this desert area, girls' education and computer literacy could have never been imagined as most of the people have not even been to a major city in their lives. Students come to attend the school in Sadau from far-flung areas. Most of them have to walk to the school. The Rangers' authorities planned to establish a hostel but not much funds were available. They are looking for social welfare organizations, philanthropists and other individuals to help them establish a hostel for these children from one of the most backward areas of Sindh.

Scattered over 4,805 square kilometers on the eastern side of Sindh along with the Indian border, Achhro Thar - a unique desert for its white sand dunes - is located in Khipro Taluka of Sanghar district. The White Desert offers a variety of landscapes with vast scattered sand dunes that continuously change shapes in gusty winds. The area sprouts to life with desert plants and grass after torrential rains.

The population in this vast area is only 55,000. The Sindh Education Department's records reveal that 1,100 primary, middle and secondary government schools exist in the taluka. The records confirm that 500 out of the total government schools are non-functional either due to unavailability of teachers or being illegally occupied by local influential, who have converted these buildings into their guesthouses, warehouses or keeping livestock.

Around 300 of such schools are in Achhro Thar alone. The records further state that two schools of Manakau village and one each in Sadau, Khasrau, Wikar, Rablau, Thooraho, Sahbitiyani, Mario, Kohi Samjh Wari, Kharki, Khathrau, Langhar, Patasho, Jaee jo Tarr, Lakhio, Athh, Raho and some other villages are not working for the last several years. The establishment of the Rangers' school has brought new hopes for the people.

Many residents from far-flung areas take their children to Sadau and request their relatives to provide boarding to their children. In these conditions, the proposed hostel could be a great relief for the people in this backward district of Sindh.

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