Empowering Classroom Learning in Pakistan
Key to Pakistan’s development strategy is a focus on education – including efforts to bring more children into the classroom. Currently, net primary school enrollment is 72%, far below the global average of 90%. One important reason for this low rate is poor school conditions, including inadequate facilities and overcrowding.
This is no longer the case at the Deer Da Dogra Government Primary School for Boys in the Sheikhupura District, which is home to a power plant operated and maintained by GE. To address this situation, GE recently donated much-needed student desks to the school, enabling it to provide a classroom environment more conducive to learning and therefore more likely to encourage greater enrollment from families living in the district.
As a result of GE’s community engagement, there is new desk and bench space for all 95 students enrolled in the school, which provides instruction for Grades 1 through Grade 5.
GE has operated and maintained the Muridke Power Plant in Sheikhupura since it opened in 2010. The plant, which is powered by two GE 6FA gas turbines, is owned by Sapphire Electric Company, with whom GE recently signed an MoU to jointly implement a GE Predictivity, big data solution, that alongside site-specific operational experience, will help Sapphire run the plant more efficiently, at lower cost and with increased output.
GE is committed to promoting socioeconomic growth in Pakistan, both through its participation in developing national infrastructure such as power, and also by helping develop the country’s human resources.
Globally, GE works every day to support the communities in which it operates. Its employees, through GE Volunteers, donate more than 1 million hours of community service every year.
For more on GE’s commitment to supporting economic development and broad-based growth in Pakistan, click here.