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Haseeba Younus

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:29

Haseeba Younus

BKS Totakan

Haseeba Younus, the girl who secured highest marks in Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) exams among all Baacha Khan Schools. Her story is not only interesting because she was able to attain such high grades but also because of the adverse circumstances that she had to face being a woman and coming from a downtrodden class of society.

She sees her achievement as a fruit of her teachers’ hard work and the trust they put in her.

“While girls of my age recall memories of a colorful childhood when they had carefree days and had no worries to take care of; Here I stand, recalling the memories of my old school, cleaning my teachers’ homes, baby sitting for their children, and cleaning their sheds where the cows and buffalos were kept. I was beaten and demeaned for mistakes such as the house not being clean enough or the sheds not taken care of. I would start shivering with the thought of “teacher” in my mind. I started shrinking inch by inch- mentally, physically, emotionally. My relationship with my teachers was nothing less than masters and slaves.

In all this melancholy, there was only one thing that kept me moving, my love for education. When I could take it no longer in my old school, I decided to switch to Baacha Khan School. Nobody in my community supported my except for my mother.” said Haseeba.

During the admission interview at Baacha Khan School, she recalls how she started crying when she was asked to spell the word “Homework”. She did not know how the word was spelled. Her new teachers corrected her mistakes with love and encouragement. With the help of her teachers who played immeasurable role in her life, she started elevating in her academics. Day after day, year after year she started demonstrating exemplary performance. Her result in Grade 10th did not come as a surprise rather it was the fruit of her hard work, her determination and her fight against the odds. People of her community who were once ashamed of girls going to school feel proud of her today.

Speaking in the prize distribution ceremony organized by the Baacha Khan Trust Education Foundation(BKTEF), she said “Today, people around me tell me to become a doctor. I will have enough money and a comfortable life undoubtedly, but the darkness that has engulfed my Pashtun brothers and sisters will still remain. I want to illuminate their worlds with knowledge and enlightenment and therefore I will become a teacher. A teacher who would raise a generation filled with love for enlightenment.”

The hall echoed with applauses as her name was taken for the award, this time for a different reason, for a different person. Haseeba, the girl who fought and proved that the will of the strong shall never be shaken.

 

 

Rehana Ali

Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:30

Rehana Ali

Baacha Khan School Swat

Grade 7

Rehana, a student of grade 7 in Baacha Khan School Swat had a very bitter experience with her previous schooling. She recalls how fearful she would become every time someone would mention the term “education”.

Whether it was school, study, books or knowledge, for her, everything related to education summed up to violence, hurt, and humiliation which her teachers inflicted upon her and her fellows for minor mistakes. She recalls how her self esteem was shattered everyday when they would be beaten for failing a test or being absent for genuine reasons.

In grade 7, when she was admitted to Baacha Khan School she found out how she remained aloof of her fundamental rights having been violated all along. She realized how violence had shaken her personality. She thought she needed to mend her shattered self esteem.

Following the philosophy of Baacha Khan’s non-violence and social justice, her teachers started paying special attention to her. The girl, who was initially daunted and scared, started progressing rapidly. She started asking questions in class and participated in all academic and cultural activities.

Rehana delivered a speech on women’s rights on March 8, 2017, a day that is dedicated to commemorate the movement for women’s rights.

Moreover she sang a song “Margiya ma raza darzama” in a skit to honor the martyrs of Babarra Massacre. Rehana has performed in theatre as well.

She takes regular classes in crafts center at Baacha Khan School and has been able to acquire a number of skills which include cutting, stitching, embroidery, and knitting.

The morale that was once lost because of constant violence and fear in her previous school was finally restored in her for the last one year of studying at Baacha Khan School.


Last Updated on Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:36
 

Zeenat

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:11

Zeenat

Crafts Student at Baacha Khan School Mardan


Zeenat’s family faced financial constraints after her husband’s retirement. Her husband, who served in army before, was later appointed as a security guard with a meager salary. It was difficult for him to make both ends meet.

Zeenat, being a patient of diabetes, has her regular visits to the hospital back and forth. She soon realized that the burden was too much to take for one person and started looking around for opportunities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:14 Read more...
 

Nayab

Thursday, 02 March 2017 20:33

Nayab

Crafts Student at Baacha Khan School, Dargai

Nayab was only 19 when she had to discontinue her studies because of financial crisis. It was a time when she had to give up on her dreams to face the bitter reality of life.

Her father, who worked on daily wages, could only afford two times meal per day while sometimes even the basic needs of life were suppressed to the maximum.

Nayab almost gave up and succumbed to the circumstances till she was informed by a friend about Baacha Khan School Craft Center which served as a light in her dark world. Very quickly, she mastered the art of knitting and stitching and turned her fortune around. She started receiving orders on daily basis and became financially independent.

She was finally able to get admission in Bachelors with her own money and is now meeting the daily needs of her family with the money she earns through stitching.

Nayab says she could not have imagined a better life or her dream of continuing education, had she not found Baacha Khan School Craft Center.

Her father is proud of her who thinks his daughter has shared the family’s burden rather than becoming burden on the family.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 20:42
 

Abdul Mohsin

Thursday, 02 March 2017 20:29

Abdul Mohsin

Baacha Khan School(BKS) Swabi

Grade 4

Abdul Mohsin, A student of grade 4 at BKS Pabini, Swabi, achieved National Prize for children with special needs in ArtBeat- National Child art competition in which hundreds of children participated from all around the country.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 20:32 Read more...
 

Jamaima

Saturday, 18 February 2017 18:42

Jamaima

Ex Student Baacha Khan School (BKS) Nautia, Peshawar

Life is difficult in a country where one is not only denied her/his fundamental rights but the very notion of keeping hopes intact is challenged every moment on daily basis. It is in circumstances like these where noble souls are raised.

Belonging to FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), where men are denied justice and equity, and women are considered no less than a herd of sheep, Jamaima, a student of grade 10 , is one of those determined girls who happens to defy all odds and challenges all limitations which have been set for womenfolk.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2017 18:53 Read more...
 


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