The Garage School
The Garage School, a project of Safi Benevolent Trust, is a non-profit organization looking after the educational needs of the people of Shah Rasool and Neelum Colonies. Through education, TGS aims to uplift the community and transform the lives of these people.
The Garage School operates in three shifts. The morning shift caters to mainstream or regular students who are given formal education in all subjects, from Pre- nursery to 10th grade, preparing them to sit for Aga Khan or Sindh board exam. This program not only caters to their academic development but also social development. Extensive training is given to students regarding grooming, hygiene and social interactions.
English is used as a primary language of instruction in this program. The school curriculum is designed with the help of top tier educationists in a way that it promotes critical thinking in a child with a hands-on approach. Projects, field trips and exposure outside the text book enable TGS to instill confidence and help with the mental growth of a child.
Ekta has supported the efforts of founder Shabina Mustufa for several years and lauds the good work she is doing. Shabina believes in a holistic approach to education. The students of TGS students are given free meals every day, ration for their families and comprehensive health care including surgery.
“My eventual mission is to create a complete community center including school, vocational training, health care, daycare for working mothers and anything a community needs to be self-sufficient” – Shabina Mustafa
Every Ramzan there is a ration drive including gifts and new clothes for all students. The school also has adult literacy and vocational training programs for the locals and serves as a community center for the area.
For Shabina Mustafa education is the most essential pre-requisite for our country’s development and her five finger formula of schooling for poverty alleviation and growth, Taur (Training), Tareeqa (Approach), Tarbiat (Grooming), Taleem (Education) and Tarraqi (Progress) further emphasizes her mission.
“My basic aim is not just to give them education but to make sure they stand on their feet. I want to groom my students into becoming successful; more importantly, I want them to become responsible and constructive human beings.” – Shabina Mustafa