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ZEST – For changing lives

The founder of TNW Foundation, Mr. Zafar Iqbal finds himself lucky enough to quench his thirst for knowledge from a thought-provoking personality Ustaz ZAKAULLAH. The role-model personality of Ustaz ZAKAULLAH as a teacher had a good impact on the heart and mind of Mr.Zafar Iqbal. To acknowledge his mentor he designed an educational support program on his name “ ZakaUllah Educational Support & Training (ZEST)”.

The vision behind ZEST program is to impart quality education, character building, transfer of life skills to students and to engage them into practical life with full confidence.

ZEST has two main components;
1. Scholarship scheme for poor but talented students to help them continue their education till destiny while keeping their dignity unharmed
2. A low-cost non-formal school system designed to take out of school children (7-11 years of age) back to the formal educational system by completing their five years primary education in only three years instead of five years.

ZEST aims to:
• Make education attractive for the poor and not to think to educate their kids a burden
• Reduce drop-out of poor students and improve their attendance ratio at schools
• Revive the education of students who had left schools or remained neglected in recent years
• Join efforts of government & UN to enhance literacy rate among poor families
• Motivate the teachers to become a role model to their pupil as Ustaz ZAKAULLAH.

“Currently over 5000 students are getting a primary education at 110 ZEST schools opened for the neglected population living in Multan and Karachi regions.”

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