Acts of terrorism across the globe have increased markedly in recent decades. Pakistan is facing the worst kind of terrorists attacks. On 16 December 2014, seven gunmen affiliated with the Taliban conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The militants, entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children,killing 141 people, including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age. World was in deep sorrow and that incident became the turning point and whole nation stood togather against the terrorism.
School is playing its role to grow the children with a peaceful mind, a responsible human being to love the humanity.
To pay homage to the martyrs of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, a candlelight vigil was organised by the school. Politicians, traders, government officials, religious minorities and members of civil society were invited to show their committment for a peaceful world.The participants were holding candles in their hands to express solidarity with innocent students and others who were martyred in a brutal attack on December 16, 2014.
Principal of the school thanked the participants for attending the event. He further added the we are committed not only for provision of free quality education to the poor children but also to make these innocent minds a loving human beings. Our students will play their role to make this world a beautiful place.
Youth is change agent and Rising Sun School has decided to engage youth to sencitize them about the importance of girls education. A debate competition was held among the youth of the village on the topic importance of girls education. The speakers dug out the following hurdles for the girls education in the village;
Patriarchal society where women faces discriminations in every sphere of life
High level of Illiteracy
Early age marraiges of girls
Weak legal framework
They also suggested the solutions to counter these hurdles.
A renowned lawyer of the district delivered lecture on the pro women laws. At the end of the event the youth signed a resolution to join hands for girls education. They decided to show zero tollerecne against any hurdle towards the educational right of girls.
Participants were of the opinion that this activity has broaden their vision about the importance of girls education and they will play their role to enroll the girls in the school.
Illiteracy rate is very high in the village and people are not aware about their rights. Government is responsible to provide health, educational, drinking water and sanitation but unfortunately village has not any health facility and has very poor sanitation system. Road to market roads has also very miserable condition. Women right violations are very common. Women are not provided the legal right of heir and they remain dependant to men throughout their life.
An awareness center has been established in the school. A woman manager remains in the center to facilitate the people particularly women about the procedures to get services from the government departments and legal aid to women as well to get their rights.
“I was not having my national identity card. My vote was not registered too. I came to this center and they facilitated me to get the National Identity Card and my vote is also registered now. I will cast my vote first time in my life in upcoming local government’s elections. I will vote for the candidate who will promote education for girls in my village” A visitor of the said.
A monthly Aagahi Session is held in which a government official visits the awareness center and brief the people about the services provided by his department.
Manager Awareness Center expressed her views that Rising Sun School is moved beyond the traditional schools and is taking initiative to fight against darkness and ignorance at front foot. Traditional quality education to the children and awareness to the illiterate elders about the legal rights will boost our effort to make this village a better place to live and every individual will be enjoying equally with a happy life.
Rising Sun School village Bola is not only providing free quality education to the poor girls of the village but also preparing them to play their role for a peaceful society.
Pakistan is facing a severe of its kind of fundamentalism and culture of intolerance is prevailing day by day. The new generation must be groomed as peace loving. To highlight the importance of peace, a wall painting competition was held among the students of the school. They were provided a space on the wall of the school and were asked to paint the dream of a peaceful Pakistan on the wall. The girls participated enthusiastically and wonderful feelings were expressed with colors. The community was invited to visit the school and see the art work of the girls, Community members appreciated the work of the students and they praised the idea of highlighting the importance of peace through wall competition. They also promised to support the school to continue its services for free quality education to the girls of the village. Prizes were distributed among the competitors. The students were very excited and said that this was first opportunity to have had drawing and we are seeing artists within ourselves. We will work for a peaceful society. We will study with more devotion and the resources of school which are being spent on us will bring result and more girls will start study in the school.
Sustainable Development Association has managed to raise local resources to bear the expenses of education of 5 more poor girls. The selections of these girls were made after wealth ranking and poorest of the poor was selected. These girls are provided free uniforms and books. They are very happy and studying with devotion. Parents of these girls are very satisfied and hope that after getting quality education from the school their daughters will become very useful members of the society.
One of the father said that her daughter, in her childhood was assigned difficult tasks at home. She had fetch water, graze the cow and clean the house. Her future was dark but now I saw my daughter studying at home and school. I am very happy to see smile on the face of my daughter. Her eyes glitters and I saw a bright future in those eyes. Thank you all of you for helping my daughter to become a strong girl.
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