Habiba's Story - My name is Habiba. I had to drop out of school when I was in Grade 2. I am the eldest among my 5 siblings and when my mother fell ill, there was no other support in the family to look after her. I stayed home for two years doing the household chores and looking after my mother and my brothers and sisters. When my mother recovered from her illness, I applied to rejoin school and, with the support of my teachers, I quickly made up for the lost time. Now I am in the same class with my friends. Thank you DIL Khambo....
Nodia's Story - My name is Nodia. I am enrolled in Grade 4 at Buth Qala School. I joined the school four years ago. At frist, it was very hard for me to speak in the classroom. I enjoyed the work we did and my teachers often praised me for my creativity, but being shy, I did not raise my hand in class or participate in after school activities. Well, my teachers did not give up and today, with my parents' support, I forward to school alot more and have more friends. I really enjoy art class. I have been desinging different things out of clay and enjoying making things for my family.
For this next report, we put together stories from our schools across the Khyper Pakhtunwa district. Female literacy in these areas is as low as 8%. The 33 DIL schools enroll close to 2,000 students, of which 90% are girls:
First, up, the Kala Dehri Primary School: Students of First Grade made trash cans. The teacher taught to the students about cleanliness, health and hygiene. During the hands on activity, the teacher used color paper, a tin box, scotch tape, glue sticks. All the students actively participated in making trash cans for their class rooms. The teacher then asked her students: "Do you like cleanliness?" Students replied "Yes. They added, "We don’t throw the waste here and there, and use the empty trash can." Seems simple - but for these students it is the first time this concept has been made so tanglible and real to them!
CBS Saif Abad Primary School: Miss Haleema has made ‘vegetable caps’ and ‘fruit caps’ for Kindergarten students. The teacher has attended DIL's Early Childhood Education training. During class, the students learnt the names of vegetables and fruits such as onions, potatoes, mangoes and apples. The children were excited to wear the caps. The teacher has made a weather chart and time chart for students. The Kindergaten students are very responsive and enjoyed the activity. Reminds you of your Kindergarten days!
CBS Khambo Primary School: Miss Humaira, a science teacher, made a pinhole camera. She showed the students how the camera works and later the children themselves made cameras. Miss Humaira also demonstrated concepts such as electricity, cells, conductors and non conductors. In one of the experiments, the students connected a bulb, a conductor and cell and the bulb went on. DIL teachers push the children to work on their own and look for answers. They only help where needed. Every student performed this experiment and learnt that current only passes through conductors.
A DIL Teacher, Rabia, shares this moving acocunt of a journey to education redefines what it means to be honorable in her culture. She explains how her education became important to her father, why he was so determined for her to continue her schooling, and finally, the honor education eventually brought to her family:
"My father’s story is interesting. He was never that much interested in educating his children. My elder sisters never went to school and though my brothers were in school, he would make them work in the fields. There was this one incident that completely changed his views on education. My father visited my brother’s school to socialize with the teachers who were also his friends.…As my father entered the school, all the teachers came running to congratulate him because my brother had received a 100 % result in mathematics. My father was so surprised and touched by this reception. He never thought that education could bring him so much respect. After that, he decided that he would educate his children."
"My sisters were too old to go to school but I was still young. My own uncles said nasty things about me going to a boys’ school. There were no girls’ school in our village at that time. But my father was a very strong person and did not care about what people said. Today the same brother and uncles who opposed my education, come to me to help their children with studies. People respect me wherever I go because I am a teacher; they say my father’s name with respect because I teach their children."
Nokhaiz Banu had visited a DIL Community School in Mansehra, Northern Pakistan with her father during an Open House and since that day, demanded to go to school there. She began in Nursery and is now a First Grader. Nokhaiz remembers her first day at school, and recalls the delight she felt. This environment was new for her. She had attended a government school prior with her elder brother and sister. She compares the brightly decorated DIL classroom to the dilapitated environment that she had been used to, and says she will never want to go back there.
Nokhaiz demonstrates an interest in her studies. Her teacher uses activity-based learning in the classroom and spends time nurturing each child's potential. Nokhaiz is quick to raise her hand in the classroom. Due to her hard work, she was first in the Urdu Speech Competition. She also actively participates in co-curricular activities in the school.
Nokhaiz Banu dreams of becoming a pilot. She is grateful for the love and encouragement from her parents and teachers, and we are grateful to you our donors for making Nokhaiz Banu's new world a reality.
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