علم و ھنر

Ilm-o-HunarThe right to learn (علم و ھنر)

Improving education is a prime focus in a developing country like Pakistan. The Foundation supports various schools throughout the country, especially in localities near our operations.

Girls’ primary school at Bararkot (علم و ھنر)

After the earthquake of 2005, we took an initiative to rebuild the lives of many of its victims. ICI Pakistan Ltd and its Foundation funded and constructed a girls’ primary school at Bararkot, near Garhi Habibullah. Our focus in this regard was to bring an element of normalcy back to those whose lives had been shattered by the earthquake. The construction of this school will go a long way towards supporting this cause. The school was formally inaugurated by Waqar A Malik (then Chief Executive, ICI Pakistan Ltd and Chairman, Pakistan PTA Ltd.). The school was handed over to Altaf M Saleem, (Chairman, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority). About 200 students can be accommodated. Over PKR 32 million was invested in this project, out of which PKR 4.2 million was donated by ICI Pakistan Ltd. employees.

Government Boys’ Primary School, Kakapir (علم و ھنر)

This school caters to children from the locality of Kakapir, a small coastal fishing village in Karachi. We built this school in 2009 and ever since it has operated with the mission to bridge the gap between the school and local families. The focus is on the child and his or her academic needs.

Government Girls’ Middle School, Bararkot, Tehsil Gari Habibullah (علم و ھنر)

As part of the rehabilitation efforts for victims of the devastating 2005 earthquake, we took the step to fund and build a primary girls school in Bararkot, Kashmir. Since 2010 the school has been upgraded from primary to middle school. The school is now run by government authorities, with our active involvement till 2011.

Tibbi Hariya School, Sheikhupura (علم و ھنر)

The Polyester Business adopted a local primary school near our plant in Sheikhupura for the community of Tibbi Harya. We invested in infrastructure for the school and have built more classrooms, upgrading the school from a primary to a middle school. An agreement was signed with an established non-profit organisation, the Child Care Foundation,  to better run and manage the school. A refurbishment plan was put up with essential infrastructural investment. Since then there has been a considerable improvement in the quality of education as well as overall enrolment.

Institute of Behavioral Psychology (IBP) (علم و ھنر)

IBP is an institute which caters to children with learning difficulties, and helps give them the tools to become productive members of the society. (More info needed)

Skill Development Program (علم و ھنر)

Ilm-o-Hunur is a skill development programme launched by the ICI Pakistan Foundation to provide community members with employable skills.

Painter Training Programme
The first programme under the aegis of Ilm-o-Hunar was a Painter Training Programme, conducted in alliance with the Construction Technology Training Institute, Islamabad. Our Paints Business team volunteered to train building painters in paint application techniques, issue identification, colour selection, safety and environmental practices.

House Hold Electric Wiring
With the help of our Polyester Business, we were able to start another vocational programme, Basic Household Electrical Wiring. This programme is recognised by the Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority, Punjab, and provides training to the members of the local community.

Computer Training
A computer facility was set up at the Bhit Island High School in Karachi to impart technological skills to the students and other residents of the island. This programme is catering to over seven hundred students.

Donation to Govt. Degree College, Sheikhupura (علم و ھنر)

The Polyester Business’s then Works Manager, Rashid Kamal, along with the management team participated in the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Government Degree College, Sheikhupura. He also presented a cheque of PKR 75,000 to the college on the occasion.

Adult literacy program; (علم و ھنر)

The ICI Pakistan Foundation began an adult literacy programme to educate women in the Kakapir village. About 30 women are  enrolled in this school; it is a wonderful sight to see the women’s enthusiasm towards gaining knowledge.

Ladies Welfare Centre (علم و ھنر)

ICI Pakistan Ltd. is aware that it operates in a country which faces many development challenges. Therefore we take Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. We are aware that women are often not given opportunities to learn skills, and therefore we set up a Ladies Welfare Centre at our Soda Ash plant in Khewra. A trained workforce of female instructors teaches these women skills such as cutting, stitching, knitting, embroidery, cooking, and how to read the Holy Quran. Since its inception, the Ladies Welfare Welfare Centre has trained 1,153 students, with a current enrolment of 45 students.

 Caring with Colour (علم و ھنر)

On the request of Concern for Children, a non-profit organisation, we assisted with the painting of their three schools in Machar Colony, Karachi. Our employees stepped up to cater to this request personally; the market value of the donated quantity was over PKR 100,000. Following this, an enthusiastic group of 13 people went out and painted the school.