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Dukki, Balochistan
Posted By Syed Tanzeem
ASERPAKISTAN

In a small village of Dukki (a newly emerged district of Balochistan) alongside the unpaved paths and in between the steep slopes of the plateaus, I went to conduct the ASER survey. As I proceeded with the survey exercise, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and encounter pleasant experiences. After knocking several times at a door, a man with a sturdy frame came to greet us. After learning who we are and our intention for assessing all the children present in the household, he got past his initial reluctance to let us assess his children and readily supported us through the process. Amina was 10 years old and was really excited to be a part of the assessment. She read the story without any mistakes and was able to answer both questions pertaining to the story correctly. I asked her which school she goes to, to which she replied that she does not attend any school because there is no school for girls nearby, but her father lets her to go to the boys’ school often with her brothers. I immediately told Amina's father, that a bright girl like her needs to be admitted to a proper school where she can continue her studies. He replied, “I do not want to put my daughter's life at risk. I really wanted her to pursue education but this area is quite underdeveloped, with very poor educational facilities leaving us with no choice. But I still ensure that her brothers share their school lessons with her and teach her to read and write as it's her basic right.” Feeling sorry for the child, I left the house with a very heavy heart thinking there must be at least one school for girls in every village to encourage them to acquire education. Amina's father was nevertheless an inspiration, to witness that in such a remote area, he is still supporting her daughter in every way possible for a bright future!

 
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