Back to school special: Mother of two enrols in class one

Published: January 17, 2011
Asma attends class with her children. PHOTO: DAILY EXPRESS

Asma attends class with her children. PHOTO: DAILY EXPRESS

DAUDKHEL: A 25-year-old mother of two enrolled in primary school along with her children on Saturday.

Daud Khel resident 25-year-old Asma enrolled in class 1 with her two children. When the woman was asked by the school teacher about the reason for her enrolment she said that she had always wanted to go to school but her parents had forbidden it. “I always fought with them to let me go to school but they never let me. Then I got married and had children and I thought I had lost my chance,” Asma said.

Asma, arrived at the government girls school in Mianwali to register her daughters. “I initially came here to register my daughters a few days ago but when I went home I told my husband how much I regretted never having been to school myself,” she said. “He told me that I should enrol also,” Asma said, adding “I am very lucky, most men would forbid such a thing,” she said.

Asma, arrived for her first class in December 2010 clad in a traditional Mianwali burqa and sat along her children. “I always felt stupid because I never went to school and now I couldn’t even help my children with their school work so I decided to join them,” she said.

Asma said that one of the school teachers MF Abbas encouraged her to enrol in the school. “She often came to pick up her children early and she would sit behind in the class and listen intently,” he said. “I told her that she should enrol herself. No one who loves to learn should be stopped. Everyone who wants to get an education should be able to do so no matter how old they are,” he said.

“It has been a month since she has been here and she motivates my other students also,” Abbas said.

“I am especially proud of Asma’s family because they have set an example of tolerance by encouraging her,” he said.

“When she told me she had enrolled for classes I told her that she should go. She has always regretted not having been to school and now that she can go she should,” Asma’s husband Latif said. “I think people should go to school whenever they can get the chance at whatever age,” he said. Latif said that Asma was now teaching her mother-in-law how to pronounce the English alphabet.

“Due to special attention of the teacher I passed prep 1 and now I am reading class I books. My children are ahead of me in class but that only makes me proud,” Asma said.  “Now that I can write and am learning how to read I hope to continue for as long as I can,” Asma said.

Asma told reporters that she hoped all women her age could learn how to read and write. “An entire world is opening up for me.

I can now understand bits and pieces of the newspaper and I can’t wait for the day that I will be able to read them entirely,” she said.

“I hope more and more women can read and write. They will be able to teach their children better and this will improve our society,” Asma said.

School teacher MF Abbas said that Asma was a courageous woman who had taken a step forward for all women. “Asma and her children are my best students and they motivate me as a teacher,” he said.  Abbas said that Asma should be saluted for her courage and that the government and NGOs should also make arrangements to educate other people of her age.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Bravo! More positive stories like this one should be published regularly in all papers!Recommend

  • anum
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:47AM

    mashallah.. if this kind of spirit is found in everybody soon the whole of Pakistan will be educated = )Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:54AM

    Interesting and I feel sorry for the woman she had such harsh parents. Nice to see she has a good husband…remember, its never too late to get least this woman had the courage to make a stand. Woud really hope if more people follow her example and enrol girls at school as early an age as possibleRecommend

  • MAD
    Jan 17, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Now this is news one likes to read about. The women must be appreciated for her persistence and courage as it cant be easy sitting with such young children. All credit to her as wella s her husband and in laws. Its hard tio find someone so understanding in that region of the country. I hope this wont be a one off.Recommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 17, 2011 - 1:06PM

    I love her drive for knowledge. :)

    I’ve actually always believed that if women were in charge, the world would be a better place. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 17, 2011 - 1:38PM

    Respect for the women’s husband and family for supporting her with this. Recommend

  • SR
    Jan 17, 2011 - 2:52PM

    This piece is very encouraging. Thanks for reporting on this!Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 3:34PM

    WOW. Great story and an inspiration. The husbands of such need to learn lessons from this great husband of asma in spite of the fact everybody has the right to education.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Jan 17, 2011 - 4:08PM

    it feels good to know such people still exists in our country.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Jan 17, 2011 - 8:42PM

    Good taught of a women.Recommend

  • Shakeel Shakir
    Jan 17, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Good change and a wonderfull story by tribune corrsopendent.A possitive masseg go backward areas and those people who against womens education.Recommend

  • Aziz ur Rehman
    Jan 17, 2011 - 9:25PM

    It is good story to encourage the to get education as the education is most important then male. The role of the woman in our society is encouragable.Recommend

  • Aziz ur Rehman
    Jan 17, 2011 - 9:28PM

    This is an encouraging story. Really this kind of woman with a positive thinking are rare over here therefore, it is aoppriciable step of a woman.ThanxRecommend

  • Aziz ur Rehman
    Jan 17, 2011 - 9:31PM

    This kind of zeal & zest needs to improve our literacy rate.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 17, 2011 - 10:13PM

    excellent….there is no age for learning…the best part is that the lady has taken a big step something which no one would do at this age
    salute to the lady for the love and hunger for her knowledge ….Recommend

  • Mubarak
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:53AM

    Great news after reading so many sad news about Pakistan. May Allah Almighty grant Asma knowledge and make her a model for other ladies who did not have chance to go to school in their childhood.Recommend

  • Zain Ally
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Great, the kids can help her mom with her homework.Recommend

  • hak
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:12PM

    MashaAllah.. a very inspiring story.Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 8:52PM

    mashAllah! Acquiring education is a must for every Muslim, whether male or female.

    Good to see that people are opening up their minds a little in this part of the continent.Recommend

  • singh
    Jan 20, 2011 - 7:06AM

    It is golden news. Better than $100 billion loan. Spread the awareness.Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2011 - 11:08AM

    This makes me so happy.Recommend

  • Averroes
    Jan 20, 2011 - 12:05PM

    A Nishan-e-Pakistan for the lady, her husband and the teacher who encouraged her.Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Jan 20, 2011 - 3:04PM

    very inspiring….this is how we can start on the path to change..Recommend

  • Ahmad Niazi
    Jan 23, 2011 - 6:30PM

    very nice….i persnally appreciate thiz woman and also her husband & family who encourage her…… thiz iz a huge & possitive step of MIANWALI”S civilian towards progress… now nobody can critize mianwali as backward area…we r going towards the progress & promotion….and sir g u r doing well job.Recommend

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