Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

As per the constitution of Pakistan article 25 A states “The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law.” However, in the province of Sindh, girls’ education is becoming a big challenge for the concerned authorities. The Sindh Assembly also passed a bill named ” The Sindh Right of children to free and Compulsory Education Act, 2013 SINDH ACT NO. XIV OF 2013 “, to provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen. In rural Sindh girls’ education is only 20 % which makes it one of the worst in the country. The unanticipated pandemic hit the world in the year 2020, the only option we were left to save ourselves from Covid-19 was to go to a complete lockdown of the cities. Like other businesses education of children was the most affected. UNESCO estimates that 11 million girls may not return to school. The report further estimated that Girls aged 12-17 are at particular risk of dropping out of school in low and lower-income countries. It means the girls’ education in Sindh may fall further from the existing 20 %.  It was observed that the closure of schools in Sindh mostly affected the girl’s education in remote areas more than in cities. Girls comparatively have lesser access to the internet or smart device.

In such a disappointing situation some encouraging stories of zeal and resilience also came into the limelight.  It shows the powers of will as it is said when there is a will there is a way. I am going to narrate the story of a girl named Dua Khaskeli who belongs to a rural area of Sindh. She is from an underprivileged family and her father works as a driver. The mother of Dua has never been to a school herself, but she has many dreams for her daughter to grow up a successful woman in the future. She is from a small village named Bhagat near Mirwah Gorchani, in Taluka Shujaabad, District Mirpurkhas. She is a student of The Hope High school, funded by semi- Government institute Sindh Education Foundation.

Dua successfully passed the admission test of Bakhtawar Cadet girls’ college, District Benazirabad, becoming the first girl from her family, attending higher education. It was a proud moment not only for her family, but for the school, and her village. Talking about her success she mentioned that she did not have a smartphone and she requested her uncle to land his Smartphone to listen to the video lectures of teachers on WhatsApp group and complete daily homework. She mentioned that the COVID 19 badly damaged their already worse economical conditions but the situation posed a challenge to fight back, to be more resilient and more creative. She does not only shine in her education but she is also an active member of fulfilling her responsibilities in the family living, she helps her mother with the household chores.

Dua’s true story is a ray of hope for all other girls of our society. It tells us that the situations in underdeveloped countries and marginalized societies are harsh for everyone especially for girls and the pandemics have further deteriorated it. Nevertheless, some people bring hope to their families and the societies where they live, through their determination and hard work.

2 thoughts on “A Ray of Hope”
  1. Yes, totally agree that girls have to make extra efforts to get the education which we (as boys) have the privilege. We all should work to make the way easy for them.

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