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Kasur, Punjab
Posted By Roha Batool
ASERPAKISTAN

We were in “BhomaniWala” a distant and decayed school in Kasur district, where we acquired a chance to visit Government Girls Primary School BohmniWala. I was totally taken aback to see a school with no furniture and infrastructure but just a building with two classrooms and open space. Pupils were sitting on frosty floor, but were extremely energetic, active and passionate.

It was my first experience to visit a government school for field monitoring. Our volunteer were already present in the school, collecting information from the head teacher. I started chatting with the other teachers to know where they come from. They mentioned that students are really bright and never take a day off. They come to study daily and then work in the fields with their families. It was a small school with almost 60 children in grade 1 to 5.However, fortunately,the school had 3 amazingly intelligent teachers serving as change agents by going door to door to convince parents for sending their children to school.Thechildren, without any sort of facility, were also there to study because of the dedication of their teachers.

I appreciated the efforts of the head teacher in maintaining such a wonderful school where children are eager to learn despite not even having the basic facility to sit on chairs and tables. It is truly the leadership skills, hardwork and dedication to one’s job that sets one apart from others. The school looked like a broken building with no furniture but had shinning stars as students and much to my surprise – happy shinning stars!

The experience changed my perspective about our education system – it is not the infrastructure that completes the education system but the way a teacher inspires and encourages students is what makes or breaks our education system.

 
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