Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

Independence Day – Deliverance from illiteracy

In Miscellaneous on August 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

By Rehan Ali

Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (City Campus) Alumni commemorated the 63rd Independence Day in a unique way. In pursuit of late Hakim Muhammad Saeed’s vision the alumni funded books, stationery and furniture for the newly established Hilal Public School at Sohrab Khan Goth, a village on the northern by-pass in the outskirts of Karachi.

The school is first ever learning experience for this 200 year old village and its dwellers. Established by the Green Crescent Trust – an organization which is running 50 schools with more than 7,000 children in 15 districts of Sindh – the modest and humble structure stands on the community donated land. This August 14th marked another “freedom” for more than 100 children of the village – liberty from illiteracy.

The day’s proceedings started with Qirat followed by dars e Hadith. The children then recited Iqbal’s infamous lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tammana meri. The children than recited the National Anthem. The fact that the local Brahvi speaking children, who until recently had not even in their sweetest dreams thought about education and schooling, had acquired the discipline to stand in assembly but also learnt the dua and anthem in Urdu.

Muhammad Sarwar, one of the students, sang dil dil Pakistan to the amazement and delight of the visitors who chipped in with vocals and claps.

Children were then given free books, stationery etc while the furniture was moved in a day earlier. The initiative undertaken by a group of recent graduates proved to be an excellent opportunity to interact with fellow countrymen and contribute to the motherland through enlightening the lives of its inhabitants. The group has received plaudits from their peers, colleagues and friends for their effort and there are pledges of support and cooperation for future endeavors.

The day ended with a vote of thanks by the officials of the trust who appreciated the drive and dynamism of the youth and hoped that other groups will follow suit and join hand to help provide education to the most deprived and far flung rural dwellers of Sindh.

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