HYDERABAD: There are very few people who get international recognition in Pakistan and out of those even fewer who are warmly accepted by our ‘patriotic’ citizens. But some of them despite having both still struggle to get the attention of the government. And one of those is Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) teacher Salima Begum, who was awarded a medal by the Global Teacher Prize platform in March.
For her outstanding contributions in the field of education, Salima secured a medal in the competition among 20,000 teachers from 179 countries across the globe. However, the G-B government is yet to recognise her efforts and provide her with the financial aid to help her spread education to a number of uneducated women in the region.
In an attempt to receive acknowledgement, the government has time and again boasted about its efforts of making policies to increase the literacy rate in the region. But its failure to recognise Salima runs counter to its claims. It’s time the government stood true to its words and aids G-B’s education messiah.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2017.