This month's update comes to you from Rashid, a graduate
of Zindagi Trust's Paid to Learn primary education programme
for working children. Rashid used to be a child who spent
all his day at work instead of at school until he joined
a Zindagi Trust school providing an accelerated primary
education to working children. After graduating in the top
of the class in that programme, his complete secondary education
at a mainstream school with children who don't have to choose
between work and school was sponsored by Zindagi Trust.
Here's Rashid in his own words:
"Hello everyone! I am Rashid Arshad presently studying
in grade 7 at Nimra Academy (Campus II) secondary school.
About my family background, my father works in Punjab, my
mother does manual work in houses from 8 am to 6 pm &
I am at Kabariya (Antique) shop earning daily wages of 50
rupees. My family consists of six members; my parents, two
sisters and two brothers including me. Excluding the youngest
one, the rest are all school-going children.
I joined a Zindagi Trust (ZT) School in 2006. The days of
my primary schooling and the support of teachers at Zindagi
Trust are the good memories, which will never be wiped off
from my memory.
I am really thankful to Zindagi Trust that supports students
like me to continue their secondary education. My life in
a mainstream school with regular children is totally changed
from the previous one. Now I am an early bird and I get
up at 5:30 am and reach school at 7:30am. My school starts
at 8 am. When I was studying at the ZT School the timings
were the other way round; morning work place and afternoon
school. There are three things in my life that I really
love, Allah, my family & my education.
I want to share a little about my strength that is to adapt
easily in any environment and to be a quick learner with
a great passion for challenging tasks. I am happy with my
mid-term grade report.
My spare time activities are to play with my workplace
friends, to teach them thrice a week & once a while
go to video shop to play games.
I’m keen to have my character build up and develop
throughout the coming years and I am hopeful for my ambition,
which is to become a computer expert.