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.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.