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Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

 “My name is Misbah Riaz and I am 18 years old. I am the eldest of my three siblings. My father works as a van driver and is often unable to meet the financial needs of the family. When I was growing up, about a year after I was born, my mother tells me that I caught a high-grade fever that continued for a long period of time. Few months into my illness, I was diagnosed with polio.

  With whatever money we had, my father proceeded with the best-possible treatment available and that fortunately helped me move around with support. However, traveling long distances was still a hassle. I completed primary education in a nearby school, but the bigger problem arose when the only secondary education school was located miles away from where I lived. It was an option that I could not avail due to my disability and the limited financial resources of my family.   For months after completing primary schooling, I would see my friends off to school...

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Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

I became a victim of early marriage at the age of 16. Just within a year, my first baby was born who was soon diagnosed with several health complications resulting from malnourishment. My husband is a rickshaw driver who does not earn enough to sustain the livelihood of the family.   Ever since I was a child, I dreamt of enrolling in school so I could learn to read and write and do something for my community. When I conveyed my desires to my husband, he immediately turned them down on the grounds that there would be no one to look after the baby. Thus, halting any hopes of schooling, I might have had.   To God’s blessings, my sister finally stepped in, who was ready to take care of our child in my absence.   Convincing my husband for this plan was not easy, but there was a lot more to gain from education than lose. Therefore, after countless disagreements, he permitted me to start schooling for the first time in my life.   I am now part of the Functi...

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Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

 One of the primary focus of the Siyani Sahelian initiative is to make education an all-inclusive medium for most marginalized girls across South Punjab. As a foremost priority, females, irrespective of their limitations, are provided with a second chance, quality education at free of cost.

  Meet 13-year-old Tania Rajab, from Rahim Yar Khan.   Early in her childhood, she was diagnosed with Developmental Delay which obstructed her passion for achieving numerous milestones in her life.   With only one special school in the area, Tania had to cover up several miles every day, which soon proved to be impractical when the bridge leading to the school broke down. Left with no other option, she eventually dropped out denting any of her passions for education left.   Amidst the days of despair and hopelessness, finally came a ray of hope in the form Siyani Sahelian (a second chance girls education program by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi).   Tania enro...

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Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

Meet 9-year old Kohnain Altaf from Moza Channa District Rahim Yar Khan

At the age of 7, both her parents passed away leaving Kohnain with her aunt, the only guardian at that time. With the desire to enroll in school growing with each passing day, the dream shattered when her aunt refused believing that Kohnain was underage. Not realizing that the Article 25A Right to Education according to the Constitution of Pakistan makes it obligatory for children above the age of 5 to receive education till (at least) the age of 16.

Amidst the darkness, there was finally a ray of hope when with the efforts of Siyani Sahelian (a second chance girls education program by Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA, Kohnain enrolled in the Functional Literacy strand (a three month course for never enrolled) at Government Girls Elementary School Moza Channa, Rahim Yar Khan (MS code 31330139)

Courtesy the School Education Department, Government of the Punjab, Siyani Sahelian is in collaborati...

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Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

In light of the #MeToo movement, we have seen a number of women coming up with their unfortunate experiences of harassment. However, rarely do we get to hear about psychological trauma faced by adolescent girls from marginalized backgrounds.   The story of Shazia, a grade 6 student from South Punjab is among the numerous other stories that often go unreported. Married off at the age of 13, her abusive relationship only festered her grievances as opposed to resolving them. This is what she has to narrate:   "My name is Shazia. I am the youngest of my siblings. Due to the lack of family resources, my parents wanted their daughters to marry off as soon as possible. As a result, I could not pursue my education further after grade 6 and eventually, I dropped out. I got engaged at the age of 13 and married a year later to a person who turned out to be a drug addict. The marriage was never off to a great start and proved to be an abusive relationship. To make matters worse,...

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