The Tassibee Centre, based on Godstone Road, Rotherham, has received a huge boost to the girls school it set up and supports in Pakistan.
David Bowe, former Member of the European Parliament, presented a cheque recently for £5,000 on behalf of G Plus Europe, to Khalida Luqman, who, with support of the women of the Tassibee Centre, set up the Tasibeh Girls School in Pakistan back in 2008.
Also present were Linda McAvan, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Cllr Mahroof Hussain, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Equality and Young People’s Issues representing One Town One Community.
Staff and service users of the Tassibee project, an organisation which helps and supports socially isolated and excluded women in Rotherham, have supported the Tasibeh Girls School in Pindi, Pakistan the past three years. Earlier this year they held a fundraising dinner which raised £2,000 at which Linda McAvan MEP presented a cheque for £1,500 from donations at her annual International Women’s Day event. The school grows in size and capacity each year and is now educating over a hundred girls and young women.
David Bowe, G Plus Europe, said: “The women at the Tassibee Centre provide tremendous support for this school for girls in Pakistan which is doing such important work. I am delighted to present this cheque on behalf of G Plus Europe and its staff who voted the Tasibeh Girls School as the project it wanted to support. It was fantastic that Linda McAvan MEP, my former European Parliament colleague and a long term sponsor and supporter of the school, was able to join me.”
Councillor Mahroof Hussain said “Its great to see that G Plus staff voted to support the Tasibeh Girls school. The School provides much needed education to young girls in the vicinity in order to give them life chances. If you educate a woman you educate a family, so the importance of G Plus donation is extremely important and welcomed by the girls at the school”.
The Tasibeh Girls School was opened in 2008 in a large village called Pindi, near the city of Sialkot. The Tassibee Centre in Rotherham carries out fundraising activities every year and has so far raised £3,500 this year for the school. The additional £5k will go towards a new roof classroom being built, which will provide additional space for the girls to study.
The school support girls aged from 3.5 up to 18 years, with an accredited course also running for adult women to train as teachers. The aim is to raise aspirations and enhance the career prospects of women in the area, many of whom are unable to read or write.
As well as providing a vital education resource in the local community, the school opens its doors to women of all ages from the area on Fridays, to bring people together, to take part in prayers and also to demonstrate to women the value of educating the next generation of young women to help improve their life and career prospects.