Tayyaba showed promise as a student from the day she started
studying at one of our Paid to Learn schools, where working
children get an accelerated course in primary education.
She says she is blessed to have been given the opportunity
to get an education and thanks Zindagi Trust for supporting
her studies. But starting this journey wasn’t easy.
Tayyaba’s father has now been working as a ragman
and scrap dealer in the Rawalpindi region for a long time.
At the age of 4, Tayyaba showed an interest in going to
school but her parents strictly forbade her from doing so
and told her that studying in a school would remain only
a dream. Luck wasn’t having any of this, so when the
regional coordinators and field workers from our Rawalpindi
team visited her neighbourhood for a student enrollment
drive, they managed to convince her family to spare her
from working for a few hours to join a school located conveniently
close to her home.
We caught up with Tayyaba recently and she looked back at
how she embarked on a mission to get an education.
“I belong to a Pukhtoon family, where girls are not
allowed to go to school. I am the first in my family who
went to school and opened the door for rest of the girls
of my community, who later got permission to join school.
It is a great achievement of Zindagi Trust’s academic
team who motivated my family as well as other Pukhtoon families
in that area to specially send their girls to a Zindagi
Tayyaba had a clear passion for education and took her studies
seriously from the start, which showed in her performance
at school. At her primary school graduation ceremony, where
she was one of the top students in her class, she spoke
about how the two-year program proved to be life-changing
and shared her experiences with other Zindagi Trust students:
“Doing our best is challenging but it is always
going to make a difference in our life’s journey!”
After graduating from our primary education program, Tayyaba
qualified for our scholarship for the most promising graduates
and was placed in the 6th-grade of a mainstream private
school, Al Huda Education System. She stood first in class
in her very first year in a formal school setting and is
now studying in the 7th-grade – a great achievement
which makes all her teachers at Zindagi Trust as well as
her family extremely proud.
Tayyaba loves to read in her spare time. Her future plans
involve teaching at the same Zindagi Trust school where
she first got introduced to education as she has a passion
to serve the children living in the slum she grew up in.
She pays tribute to all her teachers for their guidance
and says she appreciates the way they have been teaching
children like herself.
She beams as she tells us how proud her family is of her
good academic performance continuing into secondary school
as well. She promises to always give her best to her studies
and is committed to learning as much as she can.
Zindagi Trust wishes Tayyaba all the best!