By Jahanara Shiraz - Manager, Academics (Non-formal Education)
It's unusual to hear a fresh teenager wax eloquent about the value of taking pride in one's work. Hasnat is an unusal boy. He grew up in a crowded household of six, one he has been supporting since he turned six by helping out at his father's tailoring shop. He was recruited by Zindagi Trust to join an afternoon school for working children, where he finished his primary education in two years near the top of his class and thus qualified for our secondary school sponsorship program.
Hasnat is now enrolled in a private secondary school at Peco Road, Lahore and is passionate about continuing his studies. He wants to grow up to be famous as a cricketer and a teacher. His favourite subject is science and he finds his father's tailoring work to be a great exercise in applying science.
"Cutting and tailoring is all about science; measuring, stitching and giving shape to wearing are skills mastered by exploring science."
Now fourteen, Hasnat has learned how to cut and stitch men's suits and is proud of his father’s profession. In addition to his career goals in the fields of cricket and teaching, he also has a desire to perfect his tailoring work to the level of a "Master" - or head tailor - like his father.
He leaves us with a great message to all his friends and classmates: "Take pride in your work and show to the world your potential."
Please consider making a donation to our program to help us continue supporting the secondary education of promising young children like Hasnat.
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