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December 11, 2014

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Crippled girl’s efforts ignite light of literacy in remote village

Crippled girl’s efforts ignite light of literacy in remote village
ISLAMABAD: Asu Bai is the daughter of a poor farmer. She is crippled and uses crutches. She lives in village Minaji Dhani, about 100 kilometres from Mirpurkhas.
The village is deprived of every basic facility, where she has lit the light of literacy and left everybody wondering over what she achieved.
There was not a single school in the village and it is after her untiring efforts and determination that none of school-going age child is out of school. The number of children in Class 1 of her school is 336.
Asu Bai ventured to spread education in her very remote village at a time when the ratio of education in the whole province is extremely pitiful.
Nobody knew about Asu Bai and her village until the social media brought to be known about her efforts and her venture. This brought a revolution and soon Asu Bai, her village and her school became known.
Her village Minaji Dhani comprises 450 houses. Despite lots of difficulties, Asu Bai, along with her brother, endeavoured to educate the children of her village. She went to every doorstep to make aware the people of the benefits of education. Now she teaches the children in a crude hut, while they learn sitting on the floor, she said.
Her untiring input brought wonderful results; there are 119 girls going to school now.
The will of children can be judged from the fact that a crippled girl student, who was given a tricycle by a social organisation, paddles to school regularly.
The Sindh Education Foundation has started providing Rs80,000 monthly, which enabled Asu Bai to acquire the services of five teachers, engaged on a salary of Rs5,000 monthly. They teach the children who sit on the floor, she said.
Asu Bai also stated that Faryal Talpur has allowed a grant of Rs200,000 and thus the construction of a school has begun. She feels satisfied as her efforts have been successful. She now intends to open a high school in the village.
Being the first and the only graduate in her village, she is now willing to do her Masters in Political Science.
Telling about her village, she said majority of the people in the village are Hindus, while there are also a good number of Muslims. All of them helped and encouraged her for educating their children.
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