Thar Foundation and ABB in Pakistan to support education in Tharparkar

ABB in Pakistan will provide financial assistance to educate 30 students

ABB and The Thar Foundation have signed an agreement to provide financial assistance to educate 30 students from Tharparkar in Pakistan for the academic year 2018-19. Tharparkar is ranked 109th on the Human Development Index out of the 114 reported districts of Pakistan.

Shamsuddin A. Shaikh, CEO, Thar Foundation with Najeeb Ahmed, MD, ABB Pakistan signed the agreement.

Praising the young talent, Shamsuddin A. Shaikh, CEO, Thar Foundation asserted, "Tharparkar is ranked 109th on the Human Development Index out of the 114 reported districts of Pakistan. This is equally true for the education sector where it ranks lowest on learning, retention and gender parity; however, this is not because the children or youth in Thar are not talented but because they do not have access to a functional schooling experience. We, at Thar Foundation’s platform are working to provide quality education to the Thari children by establishing primary and post-primary schools in the region, therefore, welcome other companies and organizations to come and join hands with us in this noble cause.”

Foregrounding ABB’s philosophy behind the move, Najeeb Ahmed said, “Sustainability for ABB is about balancing economic success, environmental stewardship and social progress to benefit all our stakeholders. As a responsible corporate citizen ABB has a special social commitment which we take very seriously. We know that part of being a successful and sustainable business is fulfilling our social responsibilities, making our company more responsive, more flexible and more open to society’s expectations”

Thar Foundation together with a firm focus to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is heralding a change in the education setup in Islamkot and Thar. Together with its partners, the Foundation remains committed to its motto of providing every child access to quality education in Thar and plans to enroll almost 5000 students in a functional schooling system by end of 2018.

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