FFC has put its emphasis on education at grass roots level. In the past few years FFC has taken many initiatives in order to improve quality and accessibility to education around the plant sites as follows:
- Sona Public School
- Sona Computer Institute
- Scholarship Program
- Adopted and Assisted Schools in Goth Macchi and Mirpur Mathelo
Sona Public School
Sona Public School (SPS) was constructed by FFC in 2007. School has classes from KG to VII and will be starting VIII class from 2011. Total number of enrolled students availing this facility stands at 362 with a teaching staff of 18. The school provides quality education to the natives of Tehsil Mirpur Mathelo, with negligible fee. The school has science labs, library, resource centre and computer lab among other notable facilities like pick and drop for students. SPS has in a short time established its reputation in the surrounding vicinities and is an example of FFC commitment to the welfare of underprivileged communities of District Ghotki. Adding another feather to it’s basket of success, students from SPS have made their way to reputable cadet college last year and INSHALLAH future will bring more success in its direction.
Sona Computer Institute
Sona Computer Institute (SCI) was constructed in 2009. It was registered with Sindh Board of Technical Education, Karachi to provide maximum benefit to the students and have their education recognized. A total of 107 students have been trained in various courses so far. Students at SCI have qualified IT experts at their disposal while the institute has a highly equipped computer lab with 40 latest computers. SCI has been recognized for its excellence and the institute has the honor of providing 6 months courses in the reduced time frame of 3 months, credited to its faculty and state of the art facilities available at SCI.
The foremost opportunity to empower the community in areas around the plant is imparting education. FFC has been encouraging education to the less privileged talented youth by providing them scholarship. Scholarship is granted under three different categories including
- Scholarship to the wards of the farmers
- Merit scholarships for the students of districts Ghotki and Rahim Yar Khan
- Children of FFC employees
Every year, FFC awards a combined quota of 184 scholarships under its scholarship program at a cost of 4million (PKR). In future this program will be extended in order to accommodate more students, thus assisting them in changing their future. Scholarships are offered in the following categories:
- Post Metric
- Post Intermediate
- Post Graduate
- Professional Studies including CA, Medical, Engineering, MBA, MSc/BSc Computer Sciences
- Higher Studies including Mphil/ Phd
FFC Wards of Farmer Merit Scholarship 2011
FFC Wards of Farmer Scholarship Beneficiaries- Picture Gallery
Adopted and Assisted Schools in Goth Macchi and Mirpur Mathelo
FFC not only runs its own school but it also has taken responsibility of 14 schools in districts Rahim Yar Khan and Ghotki, in partnership with the local government. The standard is being raised by providing resources to improve the quality of education as well as general administration. FFC is also assisting more than 25 government schools in these districts for stationary, infrastructure and teaching aids. This adoption program is a milestone for FFC initiative of providing education to every child in the surrounding localities of FFC plant sites in Goth Macchi and Mirpur Mathelo. In order to provide quality education, FFC has provided them teachers, so that the students of these areas are able to improve their standard.
Special attention has been paid to the girl schools so that education can be provided to the women folk who make up 51% of Pakistan’s population, but face discrimination in many sectors. The students have shown extra ordinary commitment and 3 of them have acquired distinction in the field of Arts, Debate and Naat competition held at district level. Books, uniform and teaching aid is also provided to the students under this program while the teaching staff is trained every year under special coaching program for higher efficiency.