Schools for orphans in Turbat 

Neglecting the orphans

In the bustling city of Turbat, the second largest city in Balochistan, a heartbreaking reality persists: there are no schools specifically designed for orphans. These vulnerable children, without proper guidance and support, find themselves picking up garbage, begging on the streets, with some children in Turbat forced to pick garbage as a means of survival and lacking the opportunity to receive an education.

Back in 2000, a ray of hope emerged for these orphaned children as a school was established to cater to their unique needs. The school served as a beacon of light, offering them a chance to shape their own futures. With dedicated teachers and a supportive environment, the school empowered these children to dream, learn, and build their own careers.

Sadly, the school that once provided solace and education to orphaned children in Turbat now lies in ruins. A lack of resources and support has led to its closure, leaving these children with limited options for pursuing an education. As a result, they are left to roam the streets, begging for survival, and missing out on the transformative power of education.

The fact that Balochistan has only 13 orphanages, despite there being 616 in the whole of Pakistan, is quite striking. Turbat being the second-largest city in Balochistan, it’s surprising that there is only one orphanage in the area. This raises important questions about the resources and support available for orphaned children in Turbat.

When we compare Turbat to other cities like Quetta and Karachi, it becomes apparent that Turbat is in need of more orphanages. Quetta boasts 5 orphanages, while Karachi has an impressive 10. However, But when we look at Turbat, it only has one orphanage. That’s a big difference compared to Quetta and Karachi. It shows that Turbat might need more support and resources to provide for the orphaned children in the area.

Education is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of orphaned children in Turbat. By providing them with access to quality education, we can empower these children to break free from the cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves. Let’s join hands, raise our voices, and work towards ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to receive an education and thrive.

One possible reason for this disparity could be the lack of awareness and attention given to the issue. Orphanages require significant funding, infrastructure, and staff to provide proper care and support to the children. It’s possible that Turbat has not received as much focus and investment in this aspect compared to other cities.

Education is a fundamental right for every child, regardless of their circumstances. It not only equips them with knowledge and skills but also fosters their personal development, confidence, and resilience. For orphaned children, education offers a lifeline, providing them with the tools to break the cycle of poverty, gain independence, and contribute positively to society.

When orphaned children receive quality education, they have a greater chance of leading fulfilling lives. Education opens doors to various opportunities, enabling them to pursue higher education, secure stable employment, and become self-reliant individuals. Moreover, education empowers these children to become active participants in their communities, fostering positive change and breaking the cycle of poverty.

To address the urgent need for education in Turbat, it is crucial for government bodies, non-profit organizations, and the community to come together. Efforts should be made to rebuild and reopen the Orphan School of Turbat, providing a safe and nurturing environment for these children to learn and grow.

In addition to rebuilding the Orphan School, it is essential to establish more educational facilities specifically designed for orphaned children in Turbat. These schools should not only focus on academic education but also provide emotional support, counseling services, and vocational training to equip these children with the skills they need for a brighter future.

The government, NGOs, and the community must collaborate to ensure the success of these educational initiatives. Financial support, donations of educational resources, and volunteer involvement can make a significant difference in providing a quality education for orphaned children in Turbat.

Raising awareness about the importance of education for orphaned children is crucial. Through social media campaigns, community events, and educational programmes, we can spread the word and garner support for this pressing issue. By highlighting the potential of these children and the positive impact education can have on their lives, we can inspire others to take action.

Education is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of orphaned children in Turbat. By providing them with access to quality education, we can empower these children to break free from the cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves. Let’s join hands, raise our voices, and work towards ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to receive an education and thrive.

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Sassi Nasir Ali
Sassi Nasir Ali
The writer is a freelance columnists

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