Alhamdulillah, students who have received assistance through the Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme (ZCSS) program have moved on to complete their education and started building careers which allow them not only to become self-sufficient and independent but also improve the lives of their families. They are becoming the first generation in their families to receive an education and secure skilled work as a means to earn their living. They are uplifting themselves and their families from the cycle of poverty through education.
Updated 15 May 2013
There are currently over 7 billion people living on Earth, and the world illiteracy rate is just shy of 900 million people. The sad reality is that amongst these are many thousands Shia Ithna-Asheri children that have no hope of ever getting a chance to educate themselves or escape poverty. It is only through the provision of education that we can collectively give them the opportunity and conquer other challenges.
ZCSS (Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme) is an initiative of The World Federation started by marhum Mulla Asghar and has been running for over 30 years. This sponsorship scheme supports young students in less advantaged Shia populated areas of the world in order for them to complete their education. ZCSS supports a range of students from Primary to Further Education. The scheme started with a humble few students and over the years has supported over 25,000 students, many of whom have attained reasonable success in changing their lives and their communities
The World Federation’s education objective is to empower communities with the ability to become self-sufficient. The most efficient method of reducing illiteracy is through education. We aim to enable growth and progress through this most powerful of medium. This will create a generation of skilled individuals who will work together to lift their communities out of poverty. Unlocking the potential of just one educated person has a great multiplier effect; these benefits far outweigh the monetary cost of that education.
Updated 6 November 2013
It is a common known fact that education plays a major role in the success of an individual. However in many countries the gap between male and female literacy levels exists because women have been discouraged from receiving the same educational benefits as men. Women also have less of an opportunity to pursue an education due to financial constraints, and often the males of the family are educated and the females are not.