Swat children still strong and spirited

An extracurricular event organised for students of two government primary schools.


Fazal Khaliq April 22, 2011

SWAT:


Militancy might have razed down school buildings in Swat, but it has not phased out the spirit of children that study in them.


Students of two government primary schools in Shin and Alam Ganj gathered together on Wednesday to participate in extracurricular activities, organised by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme and funded by the Department for International Development, UK.

Attended by both girls and boys students, the activities provided a break from the humdrum of everyday life. Students performed skits, read naats and national songs.

“We want such environment in our schools – it keeps us positive and healthy. We love studying and taking part in such activities,” said Anisha, a student of fourth grade, who held a postcard labelled “ilm noor hai” (knowledge is light).

Ikramullah, an orphan who studies in class five, said, “We had to quit our studies when the Taliban attacked and destroyed our schools. But later we resumed taking classes in tents and hope that soon our schools will be reconstructed so we can study in all kinds of weather.”

He received three awards at the ceremony. Beaming with joy, he added, “My mother will be very happy to see my prizes. She wants me to become an engineer.”

Habiba, a student sporting a postcard “jahalat khatam karo” (end ignorance) yelled from a distance, “We want to be educated like the girls from other parts of the country and will not accept anyone who stops us from it.”

The function picked momentum as all the students, teachers and parents raised slogans of “Pakistan zindabad” (long live Pakistan) and “taleem hamara haq hai” (education is our right).

The event provided much-needed recreation to the kids whose schools had been dilapidated or banned during the militancy era.

Anwar Hayat, a student of grade 5, who performed a skit highlighting the importance of education, summed up the spirit of people at the event, “I love my country. This is our brave and beautiful land and we will always fight for it.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2011.

COMMENTS (7)

Fazal Khaiq | 10 years ago | Reply These beatiful; children are the flowers of the Nation. We as Pakistani should have to encourage them to get higher education s[ecialy in I.T. and others other fields too. If we help them now and persuade them towards builders of tommorrow Pakistani they will do it. "I will add Education is Power not only Noor (light). What we gave to the children and play part in rebuilding of the scools, starting rhe education in real manners. Who is on payroll and of whom? Let us find out the facts ourselves. Don't do that as in Pashto za souk bai waki saraia ( Don't worry some one will do it, Man). Please wake up because great expedition is going on & up agaist us. Let us Stop it in the middle of the way otherwise it will be diffcut to stop it and this time and will be more harah & dangrous than May-Juky 2009 (IDP's) program. Even those IDP's and Flood effected people are not compansated. The Proof is every day Drone attacks. If you realy want to help these children do it in practical.All the need modern atmospherre, marvelouse standard of leaving clean and neat dress (Uniform and clothes) best diet as every body wants for his (labor or Officer, or Sarmaydar, Jagirdar and Officers) for their own kids. Thanks for patientce reviwing all that.
Raaz | 10 years ago | Reply Not only on the payroll of our enemies but on the payroll of our own too
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