KARACHI: There is a classroom in Karachi where scavengers, street vendors and vagabonds are no longer dirty, loud or rude.
In Quaidabad’s Kashmiri Muhalla, nearly 30 of these children gather in a ten-by-ten room to take tuitions and pursue their dreams. True to its name, the ‘Possibilities School’ offers the children an opportunity to change the course of their lives.
“Earlier, everyone in the area used to complain about the social behaviours of these kids,” pointed out 19-year-old Sohail Khan, the brainchild behind the school. “Now, a year later, the same people admire the changes in these children.” Khan, who sports a light beard is a student of Intermediate second year and is determined to educate this less-privileged chunk of the society.
His passion for change is shared by his students, who admit that they were attracted by the possibilities of making friends with books, wearing school uniforms and looking smart. “I want a bag full of books, a proper uniform with a shirt and pants, and sweets,” chipped in four-year-old Usman.
The students were visibly uncomfortable about revealing what they do for a living, so they would answer for their classmate who was being questioned. They did break into smiles when they shared their plans for the future.
“I want to become a sir [teacher],” said 12-year-old Muhammad Arshad. “I will only teach children.” Arshad, a student of grade five, admitted later on that he will have to quit school soon because his parents can’t afford his fee anymore. It’s Rs600, he exclaimed.
Meanwhile, there are some boys in the class who have picked on a thing or two from the deteriorating law and order situation in the neighbourhood. “I want to go in the army and have a gun,” claimed five-year-old Imran Khan.
Some of his classmates were keeping their plans more realistic. “I don’t want to be anything but a driver,” said 16-year-old Shahzeb Khan, the eldest among six siblings - all of whom are regulars at the tuition centre. Khan works at a textile mill and had always wanted to drive his own car. When he learned that success was only possible through education, he joined the tuition centre and is working towards achieving his dream.
Khan has managed to get together a bunch of students to teach but he has yet to arrange enough books for them to read and copies for them to write on. Many of them [students] share books that too have been donated by the Korangi Academy, where Khan is enrolled as a student. “I couldn’t and still can’t buy a second-hand white board,” he regretted Khan. “The last board that I had my eyes on was being sold for Rs1,000.”
The young student said his religion drove him to feel the pain of the poor and downtrodden. “Sometimes I become tired and fed up but the thought that someone would be transformed through these small efforts makes me go the extra mile.”
At his tiny tuition centre hidden within the streets of Quaidabad, Khan hopes to inspire these children into leaving their ways. “I try to motivate them so that they are not dependent on others.”
For further information, please contact Sohail Khan at 0333-290-3015 or [email protected]
Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2013.
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u are doing great job....! outstanding man..May Allah give u more success :) Thumbs uppppppp Sohail :)
**u have a done a great job...! marvelloussssssssss....out standing mannnnn :))))))) thumbs uppppppppp sohail :)))
@Anwer Chughtai: my contact number and Email address is mentioned in the above article. thanks
Mashallah! Great job. Social entrepreneurs and creative people like Mr. Khan are the future of the nation.Give them space.Support them.
Glad to see Sohail's efforts heard . I have visited Possibilities School personally and found that the Kids studying there are Gems, if proper support will be provided , they will shine brightly in future. I have arranged and distributed study materials that was possible for me but still there are many things that these kids require to continue their studies,so its a request to everyone that do play your part to help the needy children. Your work is highly appreciated Sohail and May ALLAH bless you becoming hope to their dreams.
Sohail please let us know how we can contact you. MashAllah you are doing a great job and we would like to be part of this effort as you can see from the many responses here. Perhaps you can share your email address?
ET please make use of people's contribution and then have a part 2 of this article telling us how the money made a difference to these kids.
any address and phone of Mr. Khan
So what do we do if we want to help? If not phone number, can you at least publish the complete address? We're motivated enough to get there on our own :) Thanks!
Admin, can you provide Mr. Khan's contact details. I would like to get in touch and help in anyway I can.
plz contact sohail on the following address for further details and donations. [email protected] just to make sure we dont miss a mail from u, heres an alternate adress; [email protected]
@Saman: plz contact sohail on the following address for further details and donations. [email protected] just to make sure we dont miss a mail from u, heres an alternate adress; [email protected]
@Ali S: plz contact sohail on the following address for further details and donations. [email protected] just to make sure we dont miss a mail from u, heres an alternate adress; [email protected] PS Ali u got to meet him to know how talented he really is. soooo impressive.... simply awesome :) ..
@juma: plz contact sohail on the following address for further details and donations. [email protected] just to make sure we dont miss a mail from u, heres an alternate adress; [email protected]
@David Salmon: plz contact sohail on the following address for further details and donations. [email protected] just to make sure we dont miss a mail from u, heres an alternate adress; [email protected]
Great job! ET kindly give us the contact info of this person so we can contribute to his cause.
Shooooooo cute! may Allah bestow them with brightest future. good work
Please let us know how we can contact Sohail and donate books or other school supplies (an address, phone number or contact info will be appreciated). Amazing effort, and the fact that the man behind this is a 19-year-old is mind-blowing.
Kindly publish or email his contact information. I have access to funds as well as educational material which can be donated to him for his school. Hats off to this young man who has put a person like me to shame as I feel guilty of not doing anything for my motherland.
May Allah bless his efforts.
Would love to help the project, only if ET lets us!
@juma: I was wondering the same thing. @Express let us know any details through which we can reach this person
Express could you please provide some contact details in regards to this students efforts? My email is mentioned in the details.
Keep it up!!
Mashallah,wht a wonderful contribution.Keep it up!!
Pretentious much: where scavengers, street vendors and vagabonds are no longer dirty, loud or rude** Why? Are affluent kids not loud and rude?
How might one make a modest contribution to help Mr. Khan?
can we help him some how......