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Muzaffargarh : Punjab
Posted By Roha Batool
ASERPAKISTAN

We were in “Laal Wah”, a distant village of Multan, to monitor ASER survey exercise. Our first step was to go and see a government primary school which was just a building with two classrooms and a veranda with no boundary walls or a playground. There we met 26-year old Rukhsana Begum who was the only government teacher appointed to teach children from class one to five. When we introduced ASER and shared the purpose of our visit, she expressed, “It's the first time that somebody has visited this school to conduct a survey”. She mentioned that she has been teaching in the school for the last three years. In the beginning, she noticed that parents were uninterested in sending their children to school. Due to the poor infrastructure, they did not feel comfortable and safe. She struggled hard to get the children to the school by visiting the community and convincing parents door to door. She not only worked on increasing enrollment but also worked really hard to improve the learning levels of children. She took us to the classrooms and we found children properly seated reading their books. They also sang a beautiful poem for us. These children, without even any kind of facility, were there to study because of the dedication of Rukhsana Begum who did everything to make the school functional. Rukhsana Begum is serving as a beacon of light for all the teachers who are striving hard to make a difference in their community. We left the school hoping that teachers like her will definitely bring a change in the years to come. We will surely have children bearing good qualities such as honesty and dedication (like their teacher) along with good learning levels.

 
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