Number of Primary Schools
Number of Secondary Schools
Behbud Girls College
Learning Resource Center
Number of BES Beneficiaries (2019)
Literacy Centers with 6 Programs
Quran Class with 3 Sessions
Percentage of Female Students
Percentage of Male Students
Education is the cornerstone of sustainable economic development, thus Behbud aims at providing quality education at accessible cost through its various educational projects. All education projects run by Behbud Association are part of the Behbud Education System (BES).
Behbud’s education projects provide women and children opportunities and tools to develop and improve their lives through quality education. Our schools are located near katchi abadis so that they are within walking distance of students. A low fee structure is maintained in order to attract families with limited means. Within the Clifton and Kalapur areas there are four primary , three Secondary Schools and an Intermediate College.
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There are adult literacy centers where students are taught Urdu, basic English and Math skills.
Behbud has a Learning Resource Center for teachers from both Behbud schools and other private and government institutions. There they can attend a rigorous Basic Teacher Training Program (BTTP) and refresher courses twice a year during school vacations.
Behbud also offers girls, boys and women from the katchi abadis the opportunity to study the Holy Quran with a focus on correct pronunciation.
In 2018, beneficiaries of Behbud Education System were over 5000 in number.
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Behbud schools are located at walking distance from katchi abadis so that children can easily walk to school. The Behbud Girls College is located at our Clifton complex. The college students study Pre-Medical and Commerce.
Behbud charges a nominal school fee and also offers sponsorships to students whose families are unable to pay the fee. All of the Behbud schools and colleges are registered with Sindh Board of Education, Karachi
Behbud implements the Jugnoo Program to promote word literacy among children and adults. After the completion of this program students are able to read and write Urdu, basic English and learn Mathematical skills for business and then can enroll in any public or private School to pursue further education.
Behbud strives to ensure quality education through
Capacity-building of teachers through regular trainings and workshops
Exposure to new ideas/knowledge for enriching the classroom experience
Enhancement of the syllabus to develop creativity, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills in students
Special English-language classes for teachers and students
Extracurricular activities to enhance knowledge, build confidence and develop interpersonal skills and teamwork
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is Behbud Association Karachi’s in-house forum for teacher/human resource training and material development. Established in 2002, the LRC was formed as a result of the Aga Khan University Institute of Educational Development’s (AKU-IED) capacity-building initiatives.
To date, Behbud’s Learning Resource Center has trained nearly 30,000 teachers, professionals, and students.
The Quran classes teach students to read the Quran with proper pronunciation and to understand the Quran using simple Urdu translation.
The Quran classes also teach Islamic etiquette and responsibilities such as wazu (ablution) and namaz (prayer). Some students have gone on to pursue Hifz (memorizing the entire Quran).
Saeeda is a bright and confident young lady and is passionate about driving change in her own community by spreading the seeds of education. Saeeda is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at Zamzama Girls College and also teaches English at the Behbud Primary School enabling her to be financially independent.
Saeeda joined Behbud Girls Primary School when she was five years old and continued within the Behbud Education System up till Matric.
She studied Biology, Physics and Chemistry and passed in the A-1 division. Her father works in water supply and for most of their childhood, the family struggled to make ends meet. However, education remained a priority for her family and generous sponsorship from Behbud’s donors enabled Saeeda to continue her education.
Saeeda fondly recalls several school events including Speech Day, elocution contests, plays and performances in which she was an active participant. She said the opportunity to perform in front of an audience imbued her with confidence and helped build her self-esteem. Saeeda plans to continue teaching as a career and would also like to pursue a Master’s degree in Education.