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Published On:30 June 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Educational empowernment blossoms: A success story of minority school in remote Gujarat

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani 

Ahmedabad: Hanifa School mostly caters to Muslim students coming from the low socio-economic background. Many of them are studying on scholarship. Most of these students are first generation learners and have no academic support from their families. In spite of these odds, the students of the first batch of class X to appear for CBSE Board Exams have stood out in their results and have written a success story that is commendable and fills all concerned with pride.

Hanifa School, situated at Borsad-Dhuvaran Road, Borsad, Anand, Gujarat, is a co-educational school with 600 plus students and a team of 40 dedicated teachers. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and is awaiting its Minority Status.

The school is a dream child of Late Mr. Yunus Fazlani, a famous & successful businessman from Borsad. The school came into being in the year 2005 when Mr. Fazlani was driven with the need of educating the people of his community with the aim of increasing the literacy rate of his community and creating honest and competent citizens that take up their responsibilities in the world tomorrow, with ease.

Working towards this goal, he built the school with all the latest facilities required to achieve the target. The school has a number of first generation learners who are getting educated with the some of the best facilities like – a lush green 4 acres campus, airy, bright & colourful classrooms with technology aided smart class, technology aided Audio-Visual rooms, fully fledged Computer lab, Chemistry Lab, Biology Lab, Physics Lab, Math Lab, a Cricket Academy & a number of Sports facilities.

Though Yunus Fazlani did not live to see his dream bearing fruit, his efforts are very ably being carried forward by his uncle Kader Fazlani, his son Faisal Fazlani, his very dear friend Zuber Gopalani and all the other dedicated members of his family. The school is run under the agies of Aishabai & Haji Abdul Latif Charitable Trust with the motto of “Fostering the spirit of joyful learning.”

The Principal Mrs. Harinder Dhillon is from Vadodara and has been in the field of education since the last 30 years. Teachers are picked from Anand, Borsad, Vadodara and the other states of India as well. The school organises constant workshops for the professional development of its teachers and for the betterment of children and parents. Children are exposed to many co-curricular activities for their all-round development. These activities relate to academics (debates, elocution, recitation, handwriting, various national level Olympiads etc.), sports (kho kho, kabbadi, kushti, martial arts, cricket etc.), fine arts (drawing, colouring, painting etc.) and performing arts (dance & drama). 

The children participate in inter-school competitions at District, State and National levels as well. For the last two years they have been leaving their mark in the Khel Mahakumbh organised by the State. The school also organises inter-school competitions in various fields every year and invites eminent personalities as their Chief Guest.

The first batch of class X (2011-12) had 13 students – 3 girls and 10 boys who appeared for the Board Examinations and passed with flying colours. The 100% Board result is a source of pride & joy for all concerned with the school. It is also a morale booster for the students and teachers to scale even greater heights. The school also has permission to start class XI. We can truly say that well begun is half done. Though there are miles to go before we can sleep – we are very happy to be a successful part of Mr. Yunus Fazlani’s dream.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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