Orphan students having a fun time at Karachi's elite holiday resort.

Karachi: Around 1,100 orphan students from underprivileged areas of Sindh were granted one-day honorary membership in an elite holiday resort in Karachi’s suburbs to let them enjoy its various recreational facilities, especially the wave pool.

Orphan students are enrolled in charitable schools in deprived areas of Sindh being run by the non-profit, Green Crescent Trust (GCT).

The orphans were granted the opportunity to avail the facilities of boating, many indoor games, virtual reality games, joyrides, and sporting facilities at the holiday resort. They were also served lavish meals during the daylong fun time at the resort. These orphan students belong to Karachi, Gharo, and Thatta.

The GCT will also organise such fun activities in Hyderabad and Sukkur for orphan students enrolled in its schools in the rest of Sindh.

Speaking as the chief guest, Sindh Labour and Human Resources Minister, Saeed Ghani, said the provincial government was going to actively seek cooperation from the concerned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities for the early revival of education at schools damaged by recent floods.

He said that around 20,000 school buildings had been damaged due to recent floods in the province as the provincial government alone didn’t have the resources to restore these educational premises.

He said the support from the concerned international donor agencies and local NGOs would be vital for the revival of education for the students of the affected schools in Sindh.

Ghani, who earlier also served as Sindh education minister, appreciated that the concerned NGOs had been actively partnering with the Sindh Government in its drive to enroll out-of-school children in the province.

He appreciated that several NGOs and charitable organisations in the education sector continued with their academic activities without any interruption during the coronavirus pandemic and recent flood catastrophe.

He said the Sindh government would also get assistance from bona fide charities for providing quality school education to underprivileged children of the labourers.

He said the genuine charities in the education sector like the GCT had been fulfilling one of the fundamental duties of the state as defined in the constitution i.e. provision of quality education to children of deprived communities.

GCT CEO, Zahid Saeed, said that his non-profit had been running a network of 160 charitable schools having an enrollment of 29,000 students from the underprivileged areas of Sindh.

He said the GCT had the aim to increase the number of its charitable schools to 250 in Sindh with an enrollment of a total of 100,000 out-of-school children till 2025.