Farida Talat, a former vice principal of the Froebel’s school in Islamabad passed away recently.
Affectionately known as ‘Fritzy’, she had arrived in Pakistan 1972. Owing to the health of her ailing mother and later marriage, her education was left incomplete. After studying at a girls college in the capital, she joined Froebel’s school as a teacher. Owing to her organising abilities, she eventually rose to become its vice-principal.
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Fritzy’s concern for her students was so overpowering that when the Ojri camp disaster took place in 1988, she started carting students to their homes even as her own son, studying in the same school, waited to be rescued.
Farida was also often seen at the Polyclinic hospital among ordinary citizens who were facing difficulties in gaining access to medical services.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with cancer and was hospitalised several times. The fight lasted a year but she never complained of the immeasurable pain.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2017.
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