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...
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,...