Month: April 2014

The walking wounded of Waziristan

Owais Tohid It’s springtime in Sadat Ullah Dawar’s beautiful village of Issori. The hills in front of his mud house rise from among the lush green fields, which are covered with blue colour flowers, ‘Sparlah’, bathing the valley with their scent. In the backdrop stands the majestic mountain of Shawal in North Waziristan still covered with white snow. The graying patches show that the melting has begun. The colourful migratory birds flying over the valley stop to drink from the freezing cold waters of the Tochi River before moving on.

The walking wounded of Waziristan

It’s springtime in Sadat Ullah Dawar’s beautiful village of Issori. The hills in front of his mud house rise from among the lush green fields, which are covered with blue colour flowers, ‘Sparlah’, bathing the valley with their scent. In the backdrop stands the majestic mountain of Shawal in North Waziristan still covered with white snow. The graying patches show that the melting has begun. The colourful migratory birds flying over the valley stop to drink from the freezing cold waters of the Tochi River before moving on. Sadat, too, is moving on. He is locking his ancestral home to take his old grandparents — Dilawar Khan and Bi Jan — to the nearby town of Bannu. Unlike the birds, he doesn’t know when, and if, he’ll be able to return. Crossing the fields, Sadat quietly plucks a Da Sparlay Gul (flower of spring) and keeps in his pocket. Wherever he goes, a small part of home will now go with him. “All tribesman love their home in the springtime but my Bi Jan says, …

SLOW LEARNERS NEED A BREAK IN THE CIRCLE

SLP Allah has made every human being different from the other this is evident when we see that human beings have finger prints and genetic formation. But these biological differences are not the only differences. People think differently, perceive differently, behave and act differently in similar situations. They have different interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes. Some are good in science, some are good in arts. Some are good in mathematics and some are good in philosophy. When it comes to medicine some people respond well to one type of treatment and some respond well to the other. Some recover faster from injuries, sickness or mental trauma and some recover slowly. All these things make one human being different from the other. Scientists might have different explanations for all these variations but one thing is for sure that these differences do exist.   Since all the human beings are different and they think, perceive and act differently in one way or the other, they also learn differently. Some learn and grasp faster while some take a …

SLOW LEARNERS NEED A BREAK IN THE CIRCLE

SLP Allah has made every human being different from the other this is evident when we see that human beings have finger prints and genetic formation. But these biological differences are not the only differences. People think differently, perceive differently, behave and act differently in similar situations. They have different interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes. Some are good in science, some are good in arts. Some are good in mathematics and some are good in philosophy. When it comes to medicine some people respond well to one type of treatment and some respond well to the other. Some recover faster from injuries, sickness or mental trauma and some recover slowly. All these things make one human being different from the other. Scientists might have different explanations for all these variations but one thing is for sure that these differences do exist.

After a while, all I did was learn

Asfandayar, 16 year old student at SLP, thinks that education is something that helps us in every aspect of life. It improves how we think and act. Thus, makes better human beings. He was a salesman at a local store when he realized that he needed to learn to read and write. He stated that while working in the store, customers use to come asking for different items and he would find it really difficult to find them. He was having trouble coping up with this challenge. That is when he came to know of SLP. Then he convinced his boss who allowed him to go to school in the morning and work in the store in the evening. While talking about this, Asfand smiled and added, “After a while, all I did was learn.” Learning became his passion. Now all he wants to do is to learn more and more and spread it. Because like other SLP students he also believes that knowledge is not something one should keep to himself, it should be …