LARKANA: Teachers should not only keep their students in mind but also remember they can change the mindset of the entire nation and lead to progress.
These words were shared by Zahida Abro, the BBA programme manager at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist), Larkana, on Wednesday. She was speaking at a programme organised on campus in connection with the Express Media Group’s ‘Aao Parhao’ campaign that aims to encourage everyone to join the teaching profession.
“I belonged to an extremely poor family. We were 11 siblings and I was the youngest one,” she recalled. “My parents could not bear all our educational expenses but I was keen to study,” said Abro, adding she took a job at Sindh University to earn Rs50 every day and continued to study.
Even though her parents and other family members are not educated, Abro shared they take pride in her success. She is soon to become the first woman in Larkana to be awarded a PhD degree this year.
Appreciating the Aao Parhao campaign, she said the role of the media was very important in increasing the literacy rate in the country. The efforts of teachers across the country are insufficient, she said, “They will have to work even harder to promote education”.
Abro suggested the government work on a war-footing to help those who want to get educated but do not have the means to.
The programme manager took an oath from the participants, both students and teachers, to teach others what they have learnt during the Aao Parhao campaign. They should make sure that they will provide quality education to children under five children under the Aao Parhao banner, she added.
Afterwards, Szabist Larkana’s head Muhammad Buksh Soomro, MBA programme manager Naveed Anwar, Sarah Khan Chandio, Waqas Mazhar, Imran Khan Junejo, Abdul Salam, and Nasrullah were presented shields and certificates on behalf of Express Media Group.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2015.
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