Month: March 2014

DEAR PAKISTAN

Dear Pakistan, Late last year when I was told that I would have to leave you, I was heartbroken. I had tried hard and wished with all my heart that I could have a few more years with you….despite your troubled state. I felt then that I wanted to be by your side, to see you through it, to offer some kind of help or just to not abandon you in your most difficult time. But it seems, destiny had paved a different path for me, a road that would lead me to watch and observe you from a very different perspective. As I packed up the pieces of our time together Pakistan, I smiled at our many memories but cried at the possibilities that never saw the light of day. You had so much potential to become a strong independent nation, so many talented and highly intelligent people to support you but, somehow you seem to have drifted from the dream your forefathers had for you, fallen into bad company and collected a group …

A Role Model at SLP

She is 15 years old, the eldest sister of her 7 brothers, hailing originally from Mohmand Agency, probably the first one in her family to read and write. Abida is a role model for the girls of her age group and even for those elder than her due to her conviction and commitment to get education as her basic right and duty. She joined SLP in 2012 and is still a student with a firm determination to become a teacher in the same program and teach other what she has learned. While telling her story, Abida says that getting education once seemed impossible for her she got the permission to come to SLP office to guard her four brothers who studied here,  as she is the eldest of her siblings. But with the passage of time she worked hard and proved the worth of education to her parents and family by exhibiting good manners and ability to read and write. ‘It was surprising for my parents when I started reading the letters, bills  and newspaper …

Speed Literacy Program wins the Reform Project of the Day award at Antigua Forum

Entrepreneurs of Reform Gather at the Antigua Forum Templeton Report A small group meets at the 2013 Antigua ForumAzhar Aslam, a London-based plastic surgeon originally from Pakistan, developed a remarkable literacy program. He had proved it worked in small pilots of a few dozen children. In just six months, they gained the basics of reading and writing with a couple of hours of teaching each day. By starting small, he came to realize a bigger question: how might the program be scaled up so that it could benefit his country of origin, a place in which illiteracy is correlated with poverty, intolerance, and violence?