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Transport System



The Learning School, Kot Radha Kishen is proud to be the only school in District Kasur that is providing pick and drop facility to the students of more then 50 towns/villages, from their door steps to School. Five Coasters are the property of The Learning School. Two coasters have been hired on yearly basis that are available 24 hrs at TLS and school have its own drivers and pay for diesel. Remaining seven Coasters have been hired on monthly basis for pick & drop timings.

At TLS, 62% students avail the tranportation facility being provided by TLS. According to the details, expenditure on transportation system is more then five million and TLS collect the less charges from the students and remaining paid by itself.

TLS have one Toyota Hiace Air-Conditioned Van for pick and drop to its teaching faculty from Lahore and one Suzuki Bolan that also being used for pick and drop facilities. Nine efficient drivers are all the time available and one vehicle mechanic-cum-driver has been employed for the repairs of the vehicles. When ever any driver is on leave, mechanic drive the vehicles also.

TLS provide complimentary pick & drop facility to its all staff members to reach school. Students of the following towns/ villages are availing the pick and drop facility from their door steps on subsidize rates:-

S.No. Name of Village/Town S.No Name of Village/Town
1 Attari Ajeet Singh 28 Havaili Clarkabad (Kalan)
2 Babalyana 29 Jhullar Bhagay Wali
3 Bagailsingh Wala 30 Kot Jeetay Wali
4 Baghyarmar 31 Kot Mehtab Khan
5 Basti Chhina 32 Kot Radha Kishen
6 Bhoe Asal 33 Kot Sardar Muhammad Khan
7 Borh 34 Kot Sher Singh
8 Budhokey/Maqam 35 Longoki
9 Butt 36 Maheen Mar
10 Chak No 15 37 Marali Otar
11 Chak No 17 38 Masradas
12 Chak No 18 39 Mazbhi Wala
13 Chak No 54 (Kachi Line) 40 Mehmood Abad
14 Chak No 58 (Chooran Wala Tibba) 41 Mir Sahab
15 Chak No 59/Chak No 60 42 Mudekay
16 Chak No.55 43 Nathoki
17 Changa Manga 44 Nawan Pind (Prem Nagar)
18 Changa Manga (Canal) 45 Nayyanke
19 Chhina Arla 46 Pimar Otar
20 Clarkabad (Kalan)/ 47 Pir Gharana
21 Clarkabad (Khurd) 48 Prem Nagar
22 Deputy Wala 49 Raiwind
23 Dina Nath 50 Sidhupura
24 Ghandian/Ghandian Canal 51 Tibba Afzalabad
25 Hallarkay 52 Wan Khara
26 Handal 53 Zafarkay
27 Hanjarwal    

Wonderland

A wonderful land for our Children



The Learning School is spread over a sprawling area of about seven acres. It is a purpose built campus comprising of beautiful lawns, playgrounds, and one double storied Academic Block having an activity room, a Computer lab, a Science lab, a Library, a Canteen and a Staffroom. The lush green lawns and the imposing brick red building lend The Learning School a unique charm. The classrooms are airy, naturally lighted and fitted with all amenities required for a present day learning environment.

The students feel in harmony with nature while studying in their classrooms overlooking the fields. It was ensured that students and teachers while entering the campus feel an air of freshness and space.

At the moment, the school has thirty-eight class rooms, one Canteen, one Book Shop, and Two large play grounds. Both of the play grounds are specified for the use of specific age groups and are well equipped.

As no compromise has been made on the quality of education, the class size has been restricted to thirty. The Trustees wish to build new rooms as to accommodate more children but are lacking short of funds. They hope to receive aid from the well wishers of the school.

Class Room Environment

When the campus was being designed, the architects made sure that the class rooms would be airy, lightly, safe and comfortable for all ages of students. The size of each class room is 16 x 24 sq feet. There are two wooden doors and two windows which promise good ventilation. When the windows are shut, beautiful curtains cover them which not only reduce the disturbance from outside, but also provide a colourful look. There are three ceiling fans, tube lights, and one white board for writing the lessons by the teachers, and one notice board for clipping notices about the classes or the activities being held at school.

The corridor linking the classes together is very spacious and has verandahs in each section; it 8 feet wide to ensure that the students can move easily inside the campus.

Each class room has a different colour scheme of the walls and the furniture. Each student has his own desk, which has a spacious rack to keep his books, and a hook to hang his bag. The sitting arrangement is changed regularly to ensure that every student is given equal attention and the teacher can take care of him. For the primary classes, carpet is also fitted in the class rooms so that the students are able to sit together on the floor for class activities. The teachers do not have a chair in the class room but a nice wooden lecture stand. This also ensures that the teacher teaches actively in the class and makes the students to participate well in the class.

For the students in junior classes (Kindergarten and nursery), the administration has arranged assistant teachers and lady helpers to assist the teachers in their lessons. The assistant teachers help the teachers directly by making sure that the students pay full attention and the helpers take the students to the toilets and offers them help in managing their books, having the lunch, and other activities. These methods have been adapted to make sure that the students enjoy their learning on the campus.

The standard class size varies from twenty five to thirty students. The administration admits that in some cases, the size is stretched up till thirty five due to the shortage of funds to build classrooms. There are a total of forty two class rooms on campus and only two of them are used for administrative purposes. Yet, an extension in the number of class rooms is dearly needed.


Computer Lab

Modern education is nothing without computers. The Learning School established its Computer Lab with the 25 fully equipped computers. The aim of the lab was to familiarize the students with the latest technology and software .Computer studies is a compulsory part of the curriculum taught at school from the first grade. Students of Class 9th and 10th are however given the option to skip this subject if they do not plan to pursue with computers as their specialization.

The computer teachers at The Learning School are highly qualified for the job and make the students much comfortable with the usage of computers as a tool for learning. The administration claims that the standard of education being provided to the students about computers is not less than that being provided to the pupils in any English medium school.

The lab, however, faces many problems. Load shedding of the electric supply is a major hurdle for the computer lab. Secondly, the administration has not been able to connect all the computers, the fax machines, the scanning devices, and the printers through a network due to the shortage of funds.

A major development in this area of study recently took place. Recently, the management was able to install high-speed DSL internet to the lab. Shortly, this facility will be given on all the computers operating in the lab and the students will be given full access to the internet so that they are able to use the computers as a resource material. This facility will also be provided in the class rooms soon. This will enable the teachers to use a laptop and a multimedia to assist them in their lectures.

Thus, the role of Computers in modern lives is not overlooked at The Learning School. The administration has kept a well maintained computer lab and continues to update it with the latest technologies available.


Science Lab

The Learning School has a Science lab for the subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics according to the standard described by the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Lahore. Students are able to understand the theory which they are studying through their practicals. The Learning School has about eight science teachers having master degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. TLS is the only school in the area having such number of science teachers as it is very difficult to found the qualified science teachers from the area, so we have hired their services from Lahore. TLS is providing them reasonable salary and pick-drop facility from Lahore.


Library

library1The Learning school library is divided into two parts. The 1st one is the "main library", which comprises of more than 7800 books, magazines and periodicals on various subjects concerning all sections (primary, elementary and secondary) of school. Besides it, the 2nd portion is "Classroom Libraries" in which students are issued books through their class and subject teachers based on their assignments and topics of discussions. The vocabulary acquired in turn is also utilized. The students are also made to use and write various high frequency words learnt in the process through these books.

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Play grounds

The Learning School is proud to having a large play is for the students. It is not fair to make students from all grades share a common playing area so the play ground is divided into two sections; The first part is one third of the total area and is meant for students from nursery to class four. The second part is fully equipped according to the need of elder students and is shared by children from grade 5th till the students in grade 10th.

As the children in younger classes (from nursery to class 4th) are not so mature and need special care during the recess period or during their games time, teachers and security guards are directed to supervise their activities during their visit to the play ground. To attract the children, in this area colourful swings have been installed. Beautifully shaped flowers and mowed grass provide an elegant and neat look. Some of the trees in this area have been planted by the honorable guests who attended some of the special days at The Learning School and remind us of the memorable events of the school's history.

A swimming pool is also constructed with marble tiles for the younger souls. The students have learned how to take care of the environment around us. There have been very few cases when a pupil is seen plucking a flower, littering around the ground, or damaging the garden. This makes the administration really proud.

The two third area of the play ground is allocated for the students of Class Five to Class Ten. Students are fully able to play cricket, football or other healthy sports. Students of TLS mostly love to race. Physical Education Teacher monitors the children in the play ground and coaches the students regularly. The administration admits that it is not able to hire the services of a well qualified Physical Education Teacher due to the lack of funds so it makes the staff members perform this duty. Also, the games and events related to sports have always been localized inside the campus. It is how ever planning to arrange events- such as a sports fair- in which students of TLS, along with students from other schools in the area, will compete at Tehsil level. The students are also allowed to play tennis at the place where the morning assembly is held.

Thus the need of a beautiful and well equipped sports field is not neglected in The Learning School. The schools field not only is used for sports, but also is equipped with a wide portable stage and is used for some events held at School. The management plans to hold sports events at a bigger scale and construct a boundary wall or steel fences around the ground in the near future.


Shops

The administration of The Learning School makes sure that the students do not have any difficulty to purchase the books and stationary required throughout the academic year. The school has a shop where books, uniforms and stationary items are easily available on discounted prices throughout the year. The schools administration takes care of this shop directly and purchases the books directly from the publisher. This shop offers a handsome discount to the students on the purchase of books. The income of the shop adds to the funds of the school.

Also, the school's administration has made a canteen which sells very delicious eatables in the campus. This canteen is run by a private vendor but the administration keeps a thorough check on the quality and makes sure that the students get cheap but healthy food which is cooked under the most hygienic conditions. The rates of the canteen are even lesser than the rates in the market.

Birth of an Idea

This story, which seems like a fairy tale, is actually a fascinating reality. In February 2002, a group of concerned citizens volunteered to join hands to do something real and practical for their community. They established Kot Radha Kishan Development Trust (KDT) and began to think of constructive ways to provide high-quality education in the area which was yet to experience modern civic and social facilities.

The Learning School has come a long way in its physical infrastructure but it is truly the teaching staff that makes this school apart from the rest. With a sixty-member teaching staff guided by an able Principal, the hard work of the team is paying off. An evidence of this success is the excellent result of the students obtained in the Metric examination. It should be kept in mind that TLS is completely an English medium school. All of the TLS's young lights shined brilliantly by achieving high marks and first divisions in their science subjects.

At TLS, you just don't learn to be literate. You learn and experience compassion. You learn and experience respect for human rights, peace, tolerance, and diversity. You learn to enjoy learning! But most of all, you learn and experience how a group of motivated citizens can bring about change.... A change that everyone can be a part of. Join us in the responsible citizenry.

LOCATION

Kot Radha Kishan is situated at 55 km south of Lahore. Administratively it is a sub-division of District Kasur. Kasur city is 35 km in the east and Changa Manga, the first man-made forest of Pakistani is 15 km in the south of Kot Radha Kishan. Main Peshawar-Karachi railway-line passes through this town. It is connected with Lahore-Raiwind, Changa Manga-Chunian, Pattoki, Kasur and Phool Nagar through metal roads.


ABOUT KOT RADHA KISHEN

The Population of Kot Radha Kishan is about 50,000, with an annual growth rate of 2.7%, household size 7.4 and literacy rate of about 58%. The population of surrounding villages of Kot Radha Kishan is about 60,000, with a literacy rate of about 35%. These surrounding villages are totally dependent on Kot Radha Kishan for a Railway Station, a Bus Stand, a Post Office, some Banks, Colleges, Girls High Schools, sub-division courts, crops and vegetable market, and purchase of items for their daily use.

The educated people of Kot Radha Kishan as well as of the surrounding villages are mostly depending on government as well as private jobs. Literate people of the town are working as workers in the nearly industrial zone of Raiwind as well as in Lahore and illiterate from villages are depending on agriculture. Small numbers of people have power looms industries also in their homes.

In Kot Radha Kishan, the government school system is unable to cater to the needs of the fast-growing population mainly due to reasons like lack of update training to teachers, student-teacher ratio that is more than 1:50, and a class size of more than 50.  A network of private schools is also operating in the area, but their quality of education is a matter of serious concern. On the other hand, the high profile English medium schools of surrounding area go simply beyond the reach of the majority of the residents of Kot Radha Kishan and surrounding villages, with a fee ranging from PKR 3500 to 4,500 per month.

LIBERAL FORUM PAKISTAN - KASUR CHAPTER

A moment was started under the plate form of Liberal Forum Pakistan (LFP), in April 2001 to mobilize the citizens for their political education.

It was realized that LFP has established various chapters in Pakistan and was mobilizing the citizens of Pakistan to participate in the newly established local government system. A need of such movement was realized by the citizens of Kot Radha Kishan. With the consultation of some of the like-minded citizens, LFP Kasur chapter was established on 27th April 2001.

LFP arranged several Seminars and Training Workshops in Kot Radha Kishan and a Clean the City campaign was launched with the cooperation of local government newly elected representatives, on 02 September 2001 where a thousand citizens participated and cleaned their city. On 10 November 2001 another campaign against the narcotics/drugs was launched with the cooperation of Ayubia Health Club, where young generation warned about the negative effects of the narcotics. Several lectures were arranged in local schools and college by the District Coordinator of Liberal Forum Pakistan.

KOT RADHA KISHEN DEVELOPMENT TRUST

After attending the seminars and campaigns under the platform of Liberal Forum Pakistan, the citizens of Kot Radha Kishan were much enthusiastic to do much more for their town. They realized that they dearly needed a school that will provide quality education to the semi-urban and rural area students.

In November 2001, a group of citizens of Kot Radha Kishan including union nazims, naib nazims, councilors, teachers, medical doctors, businessmen and some civil society members started their weekly meetings to discuss the possibility of such a good school with an affordable tuition fee. During the meetings, an educationist - Dr. Farooq Ahmed Kunwar (late) was also requested to share his ideas. Different ideas were proposed during the discussion such as to request the owners of good reputation schools to open their branch in the town, to sell the shares to the citizens of the town let them have the profit after the school is made, or to request some donor agencies for the opening a school.

At the same time, some of the members narrated the stories of the other good reputed schools. Finally, it was decided that the citizens should make their own school for their children. During the meetings and discussions, it was decided that a trust in the name of the town "Kot Radha Kishan Development Trust" should be established and the school should run under this trust and later on some other project could be taken up. Dr. Farooq Kanwar was approached to prepare the feasibility for the school.

A leading physician of the town, Dr Noor Ahmed Akhtar had already announced that if the school was to be established, he was willing to donate 10 kanal of land. Later, he generously donated six acres more land for the school. After conducting the weekly meetings at Dr. Noor Ahmed Akhtar's residence, after about two months Mr Muhammad Anwar, a social worker working in a German Foundation (Friedrich Naumann Stiftung), advised the panel that it was then clear that a school was to be build so each of the trust members should donate a minimum of PKR Two hundred thousand.

THE LEARNING SCHOOL

During Last week of December 2001, another sitting of the group was arranged at Sheikh Shaukat Ali's residence who is Chairman, Anjaman-e-Tajran (Traders body) of Kot Radha Kishan. The funds were announced for the school by the participants. This meeting was followed by the beginning of the mission to collect the maximum funds.

During the first week of January 2002, the collection of funds was stated and at the same time, a structure of the Trust was formed.I t was decided that Dr. Noor Ahmed Akhtar was to be the Managing Trustee of the Trust and Mr. Muhammad Anwar as General Secretary. At the same time, Dr. Sameena Noor was selected as the Deputy Managing Trustee and Sheikh Shaukat Ali as Treasurer. When the trustees approached to the organization for funds, the people asked them the reason they had paid a large sum of money. They kept on convincing them that it was their moral, social and even religious duty to spend their money on a good cause and the only benefit they want was that the citizen of the area would recognize their services for the community and surely some more groups will form in this fashion.

Within one month Rs.2.2 million was collected through trust members donations. Mr Arif khan - an architect was hired from Lahore and the building plan was ready by end of January 2002. The trust had to be registered in Islamabad as the relevant authorities in District Kasur resorted to all possible delaying tactics. The trustees had decided to start the school in April in its own building. The race against time had thus started.

The earth digging ceremony was held at the site on 5th February by Hazrat Mian Noor Muhammad Nusrat Noshahi of Sharqpur Sharif and Dr. Farooq Ahmed Kanwar. The foundation laying work started in the 3rd week of February. The school is situated 200 meters away from the main road so the landlords of the surroundings co-operated a lot and donated their land available for a 20 feet wide link road. Later on, the District Nazim, was kind enough to get it bricked and in 2004 MPA, Sardar Shaukat Ali Dogar arranged a carpeted road. The classes were to start from 8th April 2002 but Eid holidays, rain, theft and electric wires were some of the hurdles that came into the way. One thing, which never lacked in the process, was the will to achieve the objective - completion of the first phase and the start of classes on 8th April 2002.

The commitment is reflected through the fact that an advertisement for staff required wad made in Daily Jang, Lahore on 10th February 2002, the next Sunday after the digging ceremony. After the advertisement, several candidates visited the site to see the school but gave up hope as they were not ready to accept that this school was to start in a very short period of time.

Within two months several tasks were completed that includes Construction of the school building comprising 12 class rooms (8,500 sq ft), selection of the school staff and their orientation trainings, admissions, arrangements with the banks for fee collection through challan forms, transport arrangements for pick and drop to the students and teachers from Kot Radha Kishan and surrounding villages, Selection of the Uniform, selection of the syllabus that should be approved by the Government and useful and cheaper for our students, and arrangements of the generators, electricity and construction of the road towards school from the main road.

The most important task was to involve the community in the whole process and they should realize that it is their own school and they should send their children to the school, for which every weekend visits different villages were arranged and video presentations through multi-media were given showing the under-construction building and our future plans.

As the school is one kilometer away from the town, so citizens were hesitating to visit the site and to see our efforts in the construction of the building, every weekend, a video recording of the under-construction building, commitment of the contract, masons, workers, and the interview of the Trust Chairman that were made. Some fliers were also prepared and distributed in whole the town with the story.

The Most important task was to name the school. Several names were suggested by the friends. THE LEARNING SCHOOL was suggested by Mr. Zafarullah Khan (Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan) that was immediately approved by all the trust members and the founder principal.

There were a number of resisting forces who did their best to delay and project. The private schools took it as a threat to their existence forgetting that a maximum exit from their schools on an individual basis could not be more than 10 to 15% (it proved true later on). Some community members who had personal misgivings with the trustees started propagating adversely. Some religious people were worried that this school their children will be away from religion. The officials WAPDA could not complete their work on time and generators had to be installed. In the first week of May 2002, WAPDA provided electricity for which trust paid more than three hundred thousand Rupees for the towers and the wires from the main road to the school campus. Trust members worked for three days and nights with the electricity department officials and were successful when at 10.30 pm the electricity of the whole area was suspended and wires of the School towers were joined with the main electricity lines. This did cause inconvenience for the citizens, but they realized that it was indeed for their own good.

The supporting forces outdid the resisting forces. The supporting forces were the will and work of the trustees, neighboring landowners, newly elected local government representatives, educated and well-meaning citizens of the town and the technical support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation (a German Foundation).

By the grace of God, The Learning School started its work on 8th April 2002 in its campus. 12 classrooms were ready for the classes from Nursery to 7th and 150 students were enrolled from 1st to 8th April 2002.  We applied for funds for construction of two classrooms to German Embassy and a sum of Rs.412,000 was funded that was the first funding for our school. In 2003, when Mr. Arno Keller, the then Resident Representative, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung was leaving Pakistan on completion of his tenure, the name of this block was made "ARNO KELLER BLOCK", to recognizes his technical and moral support to the school as well as the Kot Radha Kishan.

LET'S LEARN

The Learning School has a motto of "let's Learn". It invites the students, teachers, parents, managers, and the community to learn from each other. The three main objectives of the school are:

  • To provide English medium environment where English is actively used as a language of communication and which can help rural folk to complete with urban people.
  • To ensure maximum "Thinking opportunities" for the students by using questioning, inquiry teaching, and cooperative learning and providing ample opportunities for creative speech and writhing through language use.
  • To inculcate the necessary self-confidence and social skills among the students through role modeling and co-curricular activities, which can make them useful citizens in their practical lives
  • TLS is proud to enroll more than 1,100 students, provide employment to 90 staff members, and have 58 classrooms, a bookshop, a canteen, a large playground and provide a healthy environment.
 
The most important credit that TLS gained from 2002 onwards is the Trust of the citizens of the area that has been build and they are happy to admit their lovey kids at The Learning School.

Introduction

This story, which seems like a fairy tale, is actually a fascinating reality. In February 2002, a group of concerned citizens joined hands to do something real and practical for their community. They established Kot Radha Kishan Development Trust (KDT) and began to think of constructive ways to provide high-quality education in the area which was yet to experience modern civic and social facilities. The first project of KDT was THE LEARNING SCHOOL which continues to blossom today.

The Learning School, Kot Radha Kishan, is a living reality that epitomizes the voluntary spirit of Pakistani civil society. The local community has contributed more than 20 million Pak rupees to convert this dream into reality. The school has a beautiful academic block, fully equipped science labs, up to date computer labs and libraries. It is here that a professionally qualified faculty of sixty-five members is catering the educational quest of about one thousand students from poor and middle-class families coming from remote villages and quasi-urban settlements on the not-for-profit basis.

The members of KDT especially wanted to make an institution that would not only educate children but also mold their personality as to assure that they would be assets of the society. They also wanted to promote the culture of peace in the society and make the students of the area messengers of peace. These aims are clearly reflected in the activities held at The Learning School. So far, these members of KDT have been fully successful in their attempts to achieve their dreams.

Education is not just confined to textbooks:

To ensure that the students are intellectually well equipped to meet the challenges of future, The Learning School- besides formal curriculum- has embarked on many innovative approaches. The school has a meticulously designed curriculum which runs in harmony with the pre-planned events. The teachers make sure that they create a delicate poise between the studies, the co-curricular, and the extra-curricular activities. On the other hand, as mentioned earlier, special events are conducted to inculcate values of peace and tolerance amongst the future generation.

KDT has never wasted an opportunity to convey its message. In 2004, KDT arranged a Seminar on Children's participation in Decision making on the Second Annual Day of TLS, where more than fifteen hundred people participated. On the 3rd Annual Day of TLS, the theme was Unity in Diversity where nine Indian delegates were also present. In January 2007, Human Rights Day Celebrations were held with the collaboration of Fazaldad Human Rights Institute for the students at the Learning School. In 2007 again, KDT arranged a seminar at the fifth Annual Day of TLS on Educational Reforms for a Better Pakistan. The sixth annual day was followed by the theme of "Children as Today's Citizens".

TLS has been very lucky to have very respected and prominent personalities as guests in such occasions. Some of them were Mr Imran Masood, Education Minister Punjab; Mr Jahanian Gardizi, Minister for Literacy Punjab; His Excellency Mr Christoph Brümmer, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, First Secretary of German Embassy - Ms Ellen Gölz, District Nazim of Kasur - Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Mr Saeed Akhtar Ansari, District Coordination Officer Kasur; Mr Hubertus von Welck, Mr Ronald Meinardus, Dr. Rene Klaff and Mr Siegfried Herzog Regional Directors of Friedrich Naumann Foundation; Mr Arno Keller, Mr Peter-Andreas Bochmann and Mr Olaf Kellerhoff, Resident representatives of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Pakistan Office; and Ms Ayesha Javed, Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister.

Through the seminars and gatherings, the staff of TLS and the members of KDT are able to convey their message to the public and believe that due to their efforts there is a change in the society and citizens are more responsible.

Education for creating a culture of peace:

Peace Education Project is something the trustees of TLS especially take care of. All students of The Learning School actively participate in events to promote a culture of peace in the society. Students take parts in dramas, gigs, art and poetry contests, essay writing competitions and debates to show their peers what they feel. As a result, all these concrete steps were taken by the management, children of The Learning School have become the Messengers of Peace.

In order to integrate their families to the same spirit, KDT arranged a "Peace Education Fun Fair" in November 2002 and "Fun Fair on Tolerance" in November 2003. Along with cultural and social expression of togetherness, they watched street theater performances and puppet show on the ideas of brotherhood. Also, in 2004 KDT arrange a funfair on. In reality, TLS arranged its First Annual Day in 2003 with the theme We want Peace. This proved that spreading peace was one of the primary objectives of the board of trustees.

Apart from these events, the management wants to alleviate the tension present in the Indo-Pak region. The Learning School arranged a delegate of its 16 members, to visit India for ten days from 5th to 14th May 2006 with the theme "Education for creating a culture of peace". The visit to India was successful and the group met to several personalities like Shri I. K. Gujral, Ms Suman Krishan Kant (wife of former Vice President of India, Shri Krishan Kant) and her Mother. A comprehensive training workshop at Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh from 8th to 12th May was arranged where more than 25 resource persons gave their input.

Vice Chancellor of Chandigarh Punjab University inaugurated the Workshop for TLS Teachers at Dev Smaj College of Education, Chandigarh, India in 2006.TLS Staff members also visited the schools - Balvantray Mehta Vidya Bhawan AngurideviShersingh Memorial Academy, New Delhi; Vivik High School, Chandigarh; St. John High School, Chandigarh; Small Wonder School, Chandigarh; KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School (Sector-7), Chandigarh. TLS staff was very pleased because all these schools welcomed them warmly during the visit and arranged special programs. They also visited their classrooms and children were much happy that Pakistani teachers were with them. TLS also invited these schools for the promotion of peace in both countries with the slogan "Aao Dosti Karain" (let's make friendship) and teachers exchange program with The Learning School, Kot Radha Kishan and all of the schools accepted this offer happily. They will shortly visit Pakistan and the school hopes that the chain will continue.

Call to Cooperate; An important message from KDT:

All this is a harbinger of emerging social change in a less-developed area. Kot Radha Kishan Development Trust has taken the first step to start this long journey; we invite you to join hands with the KDT to further expand its vision and work. We have created an Educational Fund to sustain this unique and futuristic spirit, award scholarships to the needy students and replicate similar projects in other less-developed areas of Pakistan. We will welcome contributions to the Educational Fund. In order to ensure transparency that your hard earned money is spent on this cause a quarterly financial statement of the fund will be shared with all contributors.

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