The Road to Literacy

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Masiha Hakeem is the oldest girl in her class at school. “I do not mind,” she says. “I feel comfortable around the students who are younger than me.” She is in the 10th grade at the Yaldooz Girls’ school. Seven years ago, she did not know how to read. Masiha did not start her education…

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A Day in the Life of a Barakat Student

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Gul Bakht is a 16 year-old girl. She lives in Attock, Pakistan. Every morning, she wakes up at 4 am, two ho?urs before the sun rises. She rubs the sleep out of her eyes and puts on her usual clothing, shalwar and kameez, which are baggy pants and a long tunic shirt. She prays with…

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Teaching in Pakistan

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Teaching is a challenging profession the world over. Farah, a teacher at Barakat Pakistan’s Ersari Elementary School, has special challenges to face. She teaches children that are often from low-income backgrounds, children that sometimes face cultural or religious opposition to going to school. “When students drop out, that’s the hardest part,” she says. Farah is…

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