Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan

by Sustainable Development Association (SDA)
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Daughter of Ms. Ruqia who joined the School.
Daughter of Ms. Ruqia who joined the School.

 In this report we are going to share story of Ms. Ruqia in her own words. It is a real story but names of the characters are changed.

“Salam! My name is Ruqia Bibi, I am 37 years old and I live in village Bola, District Khushab. We are a poor family. My husband is a peasant and I am a house wife. We have one daughter and two sons. My two sons are going to a public school but my daughter who is 9 year of age started education in boy’s school but due to cultural hinders she was forced to stop school after completion of class 2. She is very shining star and light in her eyes shows the dream she has but I surrendered to cultural norms and we were not having financial resources to send her in a city school. One day Ms. Shakila Nasir program officer SDA Khushab came to me and she told me that she is aware about issue my daughter.  She called my daughter and told her the happiest news to go with her to Rising Sun School. I came to know that education for girls is free in this school and they will manage uniform and books expense as well. Mt daughter is in Rising Sun School. They are very devoted people and working with missionary zest. Environment is very friendly and I used to visit school frequently. They love us and we reciprocate the same. This school is like our home where poor girls are getting free education. My husband and I are very satisfied that our sweet daughter has restarted education. When we stopped her education it was like a burden on our souls that we had broken the dreams of our daughter and we were not able to help her due to limited financial resources. I am also being told that philanthropist around the globe help the school to continue its free service. I thank you all those who are supporting for this Nobel cause. There even single penny keeps the eyes shining of poor girls of the school.”

Ms. Ruqia at her home...
Ms. Ruqia at her home...
Ruqia's Husband
Ruqia's Husband
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Meeting with women to enroll Girls in School
Meeting with women to enroll Girls in School

“School Staff is local and they are motivated to change the fate of their village by providing free quality education at the doorstep of poor families of the village” A female teacher of the school expressed her opinion. She further added, “We engage the parents in seminars, we used to visit their home and convince them to send their daughters in the school. Only one thing can bring prosperity in our village and that is providing equal opportunity to the girls in all spheres of life particularly in education.”

15 more poor girls are enrolled in school. Their glittering eyes tell their feelings of highly satisfaction and feelings of thanks to all those who are supporting their free education. One of the newly enrolled girl says, “It is like dream, I am here getting education in school. I will learn a lot. I will do all things with hard work and shall become a doctor to serve my village”.

Another meeting
Another meeting
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Teacher helping student in planting a tree
Teacher helping student in planting a tree
We are not only prviding Free education to poor girls of village Bola but also involving them in different 
activities so that they could perform better in practical life.
Climate change is affecting the lives of people. Climate resilient society is need of the day.
Village Bola is vulnerable to hill torrents of nearby Salt Range. The area faces very often sever heat waves,
off seasons rains, droughts, hails and storms. Children are our future and they must be brought up to play
their role for environment.
Students of Rising Sun school were sensitized on the issue and children were directly involved in plantation
of trees. Each children was provided one tree to plant and grow it. They will water and fertilize their plants
and positive competition will be started among the children. 45 Plants are planted and students are very
actively caring their plants.
One students expressed her feelings,
" I love my plant and I am very happy to see it producing new leaves. I will leave school after completion
of studies but part of my life MY Tree will remain here and I will keep on visiting school to see the children
sitting under its shadow".
Students with their trees
Students with their trees
Plantation is going on
Plantation is going on
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Candlelight vigil held in School
Candlelight vigil held in School

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.

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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
  • Extreme Poverty
  • High level of Illiteracy
  • Early age marraiges of girls
  • Weak legal framework
  • Irresponsible government
  • Religious leaders

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.

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Sustainable Development Association (SDA)

Location: Jauharabad, District Khushab, Punjab - Pakistan
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