Zephaniah Free Education School strives to introduce new and exciting projects on top of core curriculum monthly for the students. Many of which are made possible by volunteers. If you have an idea you’d like to help us with please contact us.
1. Breaking the Silence Campaign- From Shame to Pride in Pakistan
We are very proud and honored to share this news with our family at World Pulse that we are going to launch ‘Breaking the Silence Campaign 2015- from Shame to Pride in Pakistan.’
Thanks to World Pulse for giving us a chance to me meet the brave, Ch Urmila from India, who is working to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene not only in India, but around the world. A majority of women in Pakistan still feel shame during their menstrual cycle. Many women hide or run away from home during their period every month, leaving them in unsanitary and unhealthy positions.
Our global Sister Urmila has taken on this project in order to change the mindsets of the community and we are proud to stand with her. With this partnership we hope to spread factual scientific information and change the negative stigma behind periods. We will teach women it is a natural occurrence and how they can stay clean and healthy through it.
We arrange theatrical performances to bring a positive change in the mind of our community members. We want to show the community that girls have rights that need to be respected.
2. A new Collaboration-” Transformation Through Colors” from USA to Pakistan
We are happy to announce that Malee Kenworthy of Portland, Oregon has volunteered her time to teach our students art via Skype. Her favorite medium is acrylic, but she is willing to help us learn with any materials. Art classes in schools have many proven positive benefits including enhanced creativity, motor skills development, confidence, perseverance, focus and collaboration.
3. Iffat and Sister Zeph’s collaboration for Women’s Empowerment through Digital Technology
Life for women in Pakistan is very hard, but there are many people who want to help them fight for their civil rights and to have better living standards. They fight daily for women to have access to education and knowledge of their rights, yet progress for women is very slow. There are many reasons of this.
The most significant reason is that women have no access to digital technology. Many people think that a computer is only to do a job and because women in rural Pakistan are not allowed to have a career it is believed they do not need to learn computer skills. Slowly, Zephaniah Free Education is changing this point of view by giving computer skills to mothers and daughters at a same time and expressing to them how important access to social media and digital technology is in their lives.
The issue now is we have many eager students willing to learn computer skills, but not enough computers or computer programs. We also need continuous money to afford a computer teacher’s salary. These women depend on our program to teach them all they need to know in order to get a job and we hope not to fail them simply because we can not afford a teacher.
Thanks to our friend Iffat Rose Gill, who is the Chairperson and Founder of the ChunriChoupaal Organization, a program in Pakistan seeking to raise the status of women through digital technology, we may have an answer to our prayers.
She has kindly offered to teach our girls with hundreds of online programs and we have many students who already want to join her online classroom. With her collaboration we are going to make hundreds of girls a part of the Global Village.
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer and get involved with this initiative.
4. Sister Zeph Spoke to the World Summit on Information Society Geneva Switzerland
Sister Zeph founder of Zephaniah Women Education and Empowerment Foundation, who started her work as a child activist, spoke to the World Summit on information Society on 25th of May-2015.
She not only highlighted the issues of women in Pakistan, but urged the Government and IT sector to get women access to the digital technology because this is a fastest way to empower women.
5. Our Collaboration with IKAN Technical Training Institute to give Free Skills Training to the men
We are very happy to announce our collaboration with the IKAN Technical Training Institute Which is working in Pakistan with the partnership of UK aid and Skills Development Fun of the Punjab Pakistan.
Sister Zeph has been selected as a Coordinator to recruit boys from seven major cities of the Punjab province who will be given free technical training by the IKAN International.
By doing this project our goal is to make men skilled so that they can get jobs and will not have to sit idle at home because there are many problems which are being created for women by men, who are not earning anything and they have no self confidence when a man earns and has everything to live a good life, he will meet to the people of different point of view, he will see women working in the different organization and being respected for this, he will also start respecting women and will realize that women can do everything and that men and women are equal in every aspect, so we are going to this project to play our role to bring equality in our society.