GSR recipient of three International Awards
- GSR receives Peace Pillar Award of UNESCO for its Peace Education Programme: 2001.
- GSR declared one of the Nine Best Practicing Institutions in Education for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region by UNESCO, Korea: 2009.
- GSR was recognized as one of the Eight Best Practicing institutions of asia pacific region by Asia Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding.
- GSR receives British Council's prestigious International School Award: 2012.
International linkage programmes and awards:
i. GSR joins Associated Schools Project (ASP) Network of UNESCO in 1994.
ii. GSR links up with iEARN (International Education and Research Network). Selected GSR students visit the USA annually through the YES Scholarship starting in 2005.
iii. GSR joins the global school linkage programmes sponsored by the British Council. i.e. Global School Partnerships and Connecting Classrooms in 2007.
iv. GSR links up with four schools in U.K through Global School Partnership and three schools in Pakistan through Connecting Classroom Project in 2007.
v. GSR with UNESCO's patronage, publishes a heritage education book called Teachers Resource Kit, Heritage in Young Hands, being shared nationally and globally, 2011.
vi. GSR wins numerous prizes at national level competitions organized by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Human Rights Education Programme, World Wildlife Fund, Maths Kangaroo contests, Punjab Essay Competition, Heritage Foundation and Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO.
Peshraft Educational Services (Private) Limited
GSR has been set up under the umbrella of Peshraft Educational Services (Pvt) Limited. Peshraft is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization. It seeks to promote education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy by integrating these concepts into educational contents, methodologies, materials and teacher training.
Furthermore, Peshraft also aims to provide a platform to promote literacy and vocational training.
GSR PARH Literacy Project:
Since 2000 two centres for imparting literacy to children who would have not any access to education have been functioning in GSR's Lalazar and Chaklala branches.
Number of students who have completed the literacy course:
Lalazar Branch: 500
Chaklala Brnch: 360
- To provide free literacy to individuals of all ages who could not afford a regular education
- To provide free books, stationery and uniforms to students
- To facilitate and provide support to children such as household workers, scavengers and apprentices etc. who would not normally attend regular school.
- An Urdu Literacy Primer, "Parh Ke Barh" was prepared by GSR teachers for the project.
- A rudimentary knowledge of English, Urdu and Mathematics is provided to students.
Personal and Social Development:
- Weekly and daily activities are conducted so as to motivate students to come to school. These includes art work, games, vegetable growing, etc.
- Grooming and behaviour training is also given in order to develop confidence in the children.
Vocational Training Centre:
A vocational training centre has been functioning in the Lalazar branch since 2002 in order to empower young women of the area to begin their own micro-businesses. A diploma course of eight month's duration is conducted in garment making. They are supported in selling their products and some are also given sewing machines at the end of the course.
The number of students who have completed the diploma course:
Lalazar Branch one year course: 450
Lalazar Branch three months course: 150
Future strategy of Peshraft Educational Services:
- Undertake research and training
- Develop materials for Education for Sustainable Development
- Conduct Teacher Training Workshops and seminars for teachers and
- Organize youth heritage projects, youth conventions, forums and festivals
- Enhance contributions to UNESCO's ASPnet and British Council school
- Network with schools and organizations for advocacy of human rights and
- Expand further linkages with schools.
Centre for Peace and Human Rights Education and GSR
CPHRE is a sister organization of GSR. Together they work towards developing a vibrant teacher development programme. Active since the nineteen nineties, the outreach of this programme has been on a local, national and global level encompassing a diversity of teachers, literally, worldwide.
Teacher training for Curriculum issues and global citizenship education.
GSR has conducted workshops for the following groups and institutions:
1. Divisional Public Schools, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi
2. Better Tomorrow Schools, Rawalpindi
3. Apna Model Schools, Rawalpindi
4. Fauji Foundation Schools' Principals, Rawalpindi
5. 20 UNESCO ASPnet schools in the private and public sector
6. Fazal Dad Human Rights Institute for master trainers from all provinces of Pakistan
7. Red Crescent Society of Pakistan: Participatory methodology for trainers
1. DIL -(Developments In Literacy) Schools, Pakistan
2. The Citizens Foundation Schools
3. Army Public Schools, Skardu
4. Army Garrison Schools, Quetta
5. Army Public School, Multan
6. Army Public School, Kharian
7. Army Public Schools, Peshawar
8. TAC School Lahore
9. Seven Streams APS School Quetta
10. Islamabad Model Schools and Colleges
11. Schools under Associated School Project (ASP) of UNESCO Pakistan
12. Iqbal Foundation School, Rawalpindi
13. Daud Bandagi School, Shergah, Distt. Okara
14. Federal Government School, Terkhanwala Distt. Sargodha
Conducted workshops at the following institutions:
1. ASP School of UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Washwood Heath School, Birmingham, U.K.
3. Vidyala Visaka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
4. Helioplis Jadeed Secondary School for Girls, Egypt
5. Gur Hari Krishnan High School Delhi, India
6. Lady Shri Ram College Delhi, India
7. Lady Shri Ram School Delhi, India
The first workshop in Pakistan on Human Rights and Values Education was conducted by GSR for the Curriculum Wing, Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan .
GSR has links with:
- St. Margaret's
Episcopal School, California, USA
Given the history of both countries, the main
focus is on peace building and conflict
The three schools GSR has worked with are:
o Lady Shri Ram School, Delhi
o Amity International School, Delhi
o Guru Hari Krishan School, Delhi
The global school partnership project links schools in the U.K. with those in Pakistan. The main objective of these partnerships is to create global understanding through which peace and tolerance for each other may be developed. Activities are exchanged by partner schools and students begin by exchanging letters with their peers and sharing details about each other's lives so that a final, meaningful project emerges.
GSR is partnered with the following schools through GSP:
o Oswald Road Primary School, Manchester
o Eastburn High School, Birmingham
o St. Cedd's Primary School, Essex.
o Fairlop Primary School,
GSR is partnered with the following schools through Connecting Classrooms:
o Holy Cross, Glasgow
o Annette Primary, Glasgow
o Bella Houston, Glasgow
GSR has been involved in developing materials for literacy, heritage, peace and human rights education.
- Literacy Primer Parh Key Bar.
- Join Hands for Peace
- Modules on Peace Education
- Second Decade Celebrations
- Teachers Resource Kit: Heritage in Young Hands