Frequently Asked Questions
What is the connection between the schools of the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan (PEB) and the Presbyterian Church USA?
The schools were started in the mid-1800s by Presbyterian missionaries from the United Presbyterian Church. The property is owned by the PCUSA and operated by Presbyterian Pakistani Christians. PEB is accepted by the denomination and has representation in the Yearbook of Prayer published by PCUSA. PEB also has an Extra Commitment Number (ECO 862370) assigned by PCUSA.
What is the primary mission of the schools?
The mission of the schools has not changed since their founding in 1850: to educate the poorest of the poor in Pakistan, irrespective of class, religion, or origin. The schools also provide leadership to the church to be agents of change, building relationships among different faith communities.
How many schools exist today, and how many students are being served?
There are 25 schools in operation today with nearly 6,000 students being served.
Are both boys and girls educated, and which grades are included?
The primary mission of the schools is to educate girls since they are the underserved population of the country. Pakistani law allows girls and boys to learn together through the fifth grade, and this is the case in most schools. After the fifth grade, girls and boys must be separated. However, PEB has three schools for boys: CTI Boys’ School, Sialkot; PEB Boys’ High School, Sargodha; and Christian Boys’ High School, Martinpur. These schools exist to provide Christian leadership for the Church. To sustain the system in Pakistan, PEB is seeking to build additional boys’ schools for grades 1 to 10 (high school in Pakistan is completed at grade 10).
Do Muslims and Christians study together?
Yes, Muslim and Christians study side by side in the PEB schools (approximately 70 percent of students are Muslim and 30 percent are Christian). There is no attempt to convert Muslim students. Christians have Bible teachers, and Muslim students have access to Islamic studies taught according to the law of Pakistan. Because all faiths learn together and are respected, students learn the values of tolerance, respect, and love which lead to a more peaceful society.
How are the schools funded?
Over 50 percent of the funds to operate the schools come from local sources through tuition and donations. Additional funds are donated by individuals, foundations, and churches throughout the USA. PEB’s goal is to be sustainable with all operating expenses being generated in-country. Construction of new schools will still need to be funded from outside of Pakistan.
I have heard about the dormitories; whom do they serve?
The dormitories serve Christian girls from very poor and remote villages – too far away for the children to walk or be transported to school each day. The girls receive an education, Bible training, and practical life skills.
What does a scholarship cover?
A scholarship covers full tuition and uniform. Resident students would also receive room and board in one of the dormitories.
How can I give a scholarship for a student?
You can contact Friends of PEB for a specific student, or give a general scholarship which will be awarded at the discretion of teachers and administrators. The current cost is $365 per year for a day student and $730 per year for a resident- student. A scholarship covers tuition, books, supplies, and uniforms, as well as room and board for resident students.
What are the academic standards of the schools?
Curriculum and academic standards are some of the highest in Pakistan, with all students passing national matriculation exams and many excelling. Teams from the USA provide ongoing training to the PEB teachers annually. Because of the high standards of the PEB schools, there is a long waiting list at each school.
What about accountability? How do I know my contributions will go where they are intended to go?
PEB staff, headed by Mrs. Veda Gill, is a highly trained group of people who provide academic and financial accountability for all funds. Their work is audited yearly and is supervised by an elected board of directors. More is available at the PEB website, www.peb.edu.pk.
What percentage of my gift does Friends of PEB keep?
Over the past three years, Friends of PEB retained less than 15% of every contribution to defray costs that allow us to share PEB's story, cultivate further financial support for PEB, and administer PEB's student scholarship program. For additional information visit our financial information page. *Note: the 2019 audit is still in process.
How can I give to PEB?
The Friends of PEB Inc. is a US 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support PEB through providing a tax-deductible basis for contributions.
Visit our Give page to find out how to contribute. You can also read more about our finances, including annual reports and tax forms, on our Financial Information page. To learn more, please download the Friends of PEB brochure (PDF).
Contributions can also be given through local churches and through the PC(USA) Extra Commitment Opportunity Giving, ECO number 862370.
Please Contact Us with any questions at any time.