In 1937, Deep Chand T. Ojha (DCTO), established a Gujrati/Sindhi primary school for the children in the Moosa Lane neighborhood. The school continued to be the preferred choice for schooling for most children even long after partition. In 1962, this school was upgraded to lower secondary, and in 1968, a new building was constructed to introduce a Girls’ Section, and adding Urdu medium section as well. The school turned into a full-fledge Secondary School in 1974.
However, due to hasty decisions, corruption and complacency of the authorities, this institution saw a great decline resulting in poor standard of education and dilapidated school premises. By 2002, DCTO School had three double storey buildings where 13 schools were running within the same premises, but there were barely any children getting educated. Following this, Lyari saw one of the most turbulent times in its long and rich history. In a war that had nothing to do with them, the children of Lyari had suffered the greatest loss. They fell to the side – ignored, neglected and often abused.
In 2014, the school was adopted by Akhuwat and Kiran Foundation was brought in to manage and run the school, through Sindh Education Foundation’s Adopt-a-School Program. In 2016, Kiran Foundation became the sole adopter of the school. The school, once again, got a chance to live up to the timeless legacy of its founder and now, the adopter.
Under the compassionate approach of Kiran Foundation, the first year after adoption was called the “Healing Year”. The focus was to begin the process of emotional healing of children who had seen far too much for their age, and to bring the children back to school. For the first time in their lives, children experienced that learning could actually be fun.
In August 2016, the honorable Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Murad Ali Shah, visited DCTO Campus and announced it as a Role Model School and promising ongoing support for stabilization and further strengthening of the system.
The campus is divided into four blocks: Preschool, Admin Block, Primary Section and Secondary Section. The classrooms were redesigned to fit the needs of students according to their age. Outdoor and indoor play areas were added to the preschool section, and new furniture was placed in the classes. Library, Auditorium, Audio-Visual Room, Science Labs, IT lab, Art Room, School Clinic and a Mess/Cafeteria were added to the school.
Each and every space at the DCTO Campus has been mindfully created to bring out the best usage, functionality and beauty. You can sense the welcoming warmth the second you enter the school gates.
Kiran Foundation runs a mother-child education program that is truly empowering and is rooted in the awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. We nurture mothers and caregivers along with their children, and build safe and happy spaces where they are free to grow and flourish together. We develop positive habits in children from a young age, with the aim to nurture them into kinder, more mindful individuals.
Kiran is a concept which was brought to life like a new born baby, and nurtured with feelings of pure love and passion from a mother’s heart. This idea was conceptualized without any economics or timelines in mind, but rather, it carries the endless depth and wisdom of life itself.
With an aim to bridge the gap that splits the society into segments, Kiran Ibtedai School was established in 2006, with the integral support of the Khatri Family, Haji Nazir Baloch and Sohrab Darzada. After studying from Kiran Ibtedai School, children were places into mainstream schools around Karachi, and Kiran supported them through this journey. This became the first mother-child preschool of its kind, where children, at risk of being disenfranchised by adverse-childhood experiences, and their mothers, who went through severe domestic violence, were given a safe and nurturing environment to heal into well-rounded empathetic individuals. This pioneer preschool program made it mandatory for mothers to educate themselves alongside their children.
The Mothers’ Education Program is now called “Nafeesa Forum”, named after one of the Kiran mothers who passed away in 2011. This program guides and grooms mothers to become more aware and empowered.
Our aim is to nurture ambassadors of change who believe in love and compassion, and who lead the world towards a brighter, more peaceful future.