Children perform during the groundbreaking ceremony for the school. Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: A philanthropist, who has donated Rs100 million to build a purpose-built complex to educate 2,500 deprived children of rural Sindh, has chosen to remain anonymous.

Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Saeed Ghani performed the groundbreaking for the complex in the rural part of Mehrabpur in District Naushahro Feroze of the province. The facility will provide education from pre-school to Class 12 grades to the nearby underprivileged areas.

The non-profit Green Crescent Trust (GCT), which is already running 150 charitable schools in far-flung parts of Sindh having enrolment of 29,000 students, is building the new complex.

GCT’s Chief Executive Officer Zahid Saeed said the donor behind the new project, while generously donating for the cause, had put forth the condition that his name should never be publicised.

He said that his non-profit organisation has been receiving support from several philanthropists to educate children of the backward parts of Sindh.

He said that his NGO had started its work 27 years ago by building a school with an enrolment of just 50 students in a remote part of Karachi.

He said the GCT now aims to increase the number of charitable schools to 250 with an enrolment of 100,000 students of the destitute families by 2025.

The new educational complex in Mehrabpur would be ianugurated on August 14, 2022, on Pakistan’s Independence Day, he added.

Sindh Education Minister said the NGOs like the GCT had truly emerged as a helping hand to the government’s drive to provide quality education to every child in the country.

He said the the government would support the launching of such charitable school projects in every town of the province.

He said the education sector was badly affected due to the pandemic and the government required wholehearted support of private and non-governmental organisations to fully restore academic activities.

The minister said that he was a graduate of a school system run by an educational trust as the non-profit organisations had a major role to impart quality education to children in Sindh.