Continuing Malala's Dream - Educating Pakistan

 
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Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

On 10th December, 2014 Malala became the first ever youngest person to be awarded the noble peace prize. The Pakistani born girl living in Swat, started with the small steps and a big dream to flourish the right of the children to get education, especially girls. But the burning ashes got the attention of the extremists who were not in favor of girls’ education. Despite the threats Malala continued to pursue her dream but on an unfortunate day the terror got with its evil wish and militants boarding her school shot her on the head along with two other girls. Luckily she survived the dramatic assault and made history. But the setback was not strong enough to shatter Malala’s dream in fact it provided her with the immense determination and fuel to work harder towards her goal. After she regained her health, she started to work with all her might to voice the right to get an education.

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world” (Malala Yousafzai)

She can be called as the voice of all those suppressed and deprived of their rights and an activist for female education. Her courageous actions were recognized globally at every forum where she gained endless support and were closely tracked by the world media. It’s been three years to the plight and Malala’s torch has given light to so many deserving torches.

“This award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard,” she said. “I speak for them, and I stand up with them.” (Malala Yousafzai)

Female education is a global plea which is heard and supported globally. Yet a lot more than just support is required to help out all the Malala’s in our country and to provide them with the resources to fulfill their zeal and zest to acquire an education and to earn a place amongst the learned.

We at NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial Hospital congratulate Malala for being the pride of the nation and pursuing what she risked her life for. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. We follow her dream to educate all the girls and light the beacon of knowledge. We need all the support possible. Our organization is aiding with your assistance all those needy children who have the hunger to learn and succeed in order to be the part of the mainstream. But it is only possible with your generous support as each penny counts. So please donate and donate to educate!   

“So let us wage a struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism” (Malala Yousafzai)

Education is the first and foremost right of every human being. It is the most powerful tool an individual can have which can reap social & moral benefits for the society. Then why the most fundamental brick of a society’s is being deprived of it? Why 2 out of 5 girls in the third world countries are being destitute of their educational rights? According to the official stats, there are 160,000 schools in Pakistan out of which only 40,000 are catering girls. The NER (net enrollment rate) of Pakistan is 68% and GPI (gender parity index) 0.76 indicates that the ones who are not enrolled are mostly girls. The GEEI (gender equality education index) of Pakistan is only 0.20 which is lowest in the region.

Still in many countries focusing on Asia and Central Asia, girls are being deprived of their basic educational rights because of safety, financial and cultural barriers. Moreover if girls are attending schools their results are not satisfactory because of low motivation level or any other factor which holds them from attaining good quality learning outcomes.

Girl’s education has enormous benefits such as; an educated girl will utilize her abilities in the field of her expertise. She will work to earn and play her role in providing for her family which will ultimately raise their living standards and her role in contributing to GDP. Her education can delay her marriage and she is more likely to educate her children because she will be aware of educational importance. Another advantage can be that with the age the fertility rate drops and the awareness level about family planning increases consequently they will bear fewer children and live a healthy family life.

It is also important for an individual’s own development as every person carries a distinct personality but unanimous morals and values are carried out by the society, education will make the person more resilient and understanding to walk with different cultures and societies as our world is a global village and Pakistan is yet counted in the third world countries therefore, it is our responsibility to learn and to educate everyone, girls are given more emphasis because they are the one most ignored of this right.

We at Fatima Memorial Hospital and Nur Foundation are trying to make the utmost efforts possible, taking forward Malala’s dream, striving and educating as many girls we can. Our major fraction of focus is on providing complete financial relaxations to the Parents who are not able to pay their fees and all the accessories required by the students such as books, uniforms etc. each and every single effort counts, your support through us can unbolt such potentials that we cannot imagine. It’s a treasure, unexplored. Help us and make generous donation. Be the part of the noble endeavor.  Be a catalyst of change, and play your role in educating a girl child.

References:

http://www.unesco.org/education/efa/know_sharing/grassroots_stories/pakistan_2.shtm
EFA Global Monitoring Report: Will We Make it? Paris: UNESCO
Community commitments put girls in schools in rural Pakistan. http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_13113.html
Stipend Programmes Rewarded with Success. http://go.worldbank.org/TXQ99GEZ60

Education is the backbone driving the society in this day and age. Unfortunately in Pakistan this backbone is rather weak due to non-availability of this blessing to the majority of the population, even when there are thousands of young minds ready to be taught and their talents ready to be taped. The dearth of this right is a consequence of various factors; poverty, outdated social norms and stereotypes being just the tip of the ice berg. One such story is of 14 year old Shumaila who rather than engaging herself in learning and the other normal things that children of her age ought to be doing was forced to take care of her family and work to make ends meet.               

Shumaila’s father Mohammad was a local carpenter in a small village near Vehari of Punjab Province and worked vigilantly to provide for his family. Unfortunately, during a construction project in a house there was an accident and his right hand was crushed under some falling debris. His hand was amputated and thereafter he was rendered unable to carry out his normal function. His physical weakness and inability to provide for his family made him a bitter man and thus he was unable to maintain a steady job anywhere. Seeing this little Shumaila along with her mother, decided to take matters into their own hands. Her mother started working as a domestic help and Shumaila worked from her home assembling decoration flowers in order to provide for her family (which includes two little brothers). As a result her education came to a halt. When our team at FMH system heard about her story through the outreach workers, they visited the household and after surveying the circumstances offered to provide for Shumaila’s basic educational needs. The family was overjoyed and agreed happily.

Now Shumaila is back in school and is aspiring to become a nurse as she was inspired by the circumstances in her house and wants to serve humanity. As the saying goes a child without education is like a bird without wings. Thanks to your contribution, this child has regained her wings and is now on her way to skies.

It is no easy task to pursue education in a country like Pakistan where education is considered a luxury for all children, but even more so for girls. The high costs associated with sending a child to school is one of the major barriers that stand in the way of a girl receiving education. Sadiqa is one such girl who had the mis-fortune to discontinue her studies and take care of her siblings when her father lost his job. She had to stay at home for almost half a year while her brother continued to go to school.

The Fatima Memorial Hospital team met with Sadiqa and inquired about her situation she said that when her father was able to find another job, she had expressed her desire to go back to school but her father wouldn’t let her go back because he said he couldn’t afford the educational costs of sending two children to school. The Fatima Memorial Hospital team requested Sadiqa’s parents to let her return to school, but her family especially her father relented. He said that as much as he would like to send her to school, it will be too much for his family to bear the cost of her uniform, textbooks, and bus fare. When the Fatima Memorial Hospital System team offered to take care of her finances and pay for the basic materials she would need to back to school, her family readily agreed to let her go back to school. Sadiqa said, “I can’t believe someone is willing to pay for my pens and books. I am very happy and feel like a free bird.”

Almost 5 months have passed and Sadiqa is regularly going to school. She wants to become a teacher when she grows up and teach other girls. She is a strong supporter of female education. Her class teacher, Uzma Naheed says that her academic performance is improving with each day.

Due to support of her teachers, Fatima Memorial Hospital and donors like you, we have been able to free this little bird and let her resume her flight.

Please join hands with us and give wings to many other birds like Sadiqa, who want to fly.

UN International Day for the Girl

The world celebrates UN International Day for the Girl today on 11th October, 2013.The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.

While there has been significant progress in improving girls’ access to education over the last two decades, many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of this basic right. Girls in many countries are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to safety-related, financial, institutional and cultural barriers. Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes. The transformative potential for girls and societies promised through girls’ education is yet to be realized.

Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward,we should play our part in voicing the girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. One great inspiration is Malala, who stood against all odds and played her little yet vital part.

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Haroon Ihsan

Lahore, Punjab Pakistan

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