Return of education in impoverished Gulistan

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Return of education in impoverished Gulistan

From Our Correspondent : 

Education has returned to Gulistan tehsil of district Killa Abdullah. Kaka Shaheed foundation, a non-governmental organization has made a government-run school functional in the heart of the impoverished mud-blowing town.

“Initially, 200 students enrolled in this school”, Ehsanullah, principal of the school informed. Like dozens of other schools, this school located in the town also closed after a tribal dispute that claimed nearly 300 precious human lives.

Schools closed in the aftermath of tribal disputes

Tribal disputes have severely affected education and resulted in the closure of dozens of government-run schools. “Tribal disputes have deprived children of their right to education”, Shakoor Khan Ghabizai, the head of Ghabizai tribe said.

He however vowed to promote education in the area despite all tribal and social odds. The Kaka Shaheed foundation also organized a function on the eve of the re-launching of the educational institution. A large number of tribal elders, political leaders, journalists, and officials attended the function. The deputy commissioner Killa Abdullah Tariq Javed Mengal also underlined the importance of education during the function.

Other tribal elders too motivated

“After seeing this initiative, I have decided to open a school in my area”, Sardar Masoom Khan Tareen, a tribal elder from Dukki said. This initiative is long-lasting, Mr. Tareen said.

In Balochistan, over 1 million children are out of school. The Balochistan government has declared an emergency and implementation article 25-A. However, the government has not taken effective steps to enroll out-of-school children.

“We are happy to be back in this school”, Rehmatullah, a newly enrolled student said. Like Rehmatullah, all the students were happy over the re-functioning of the school. Tribal chief Ahmed Khan Ghabizai has launched the Kaka Shaheed foundation to promote education.

Tribal disputes 1990s severely damaged schooling

Tribal disputes in Gulistan in the early 1990s severely affected the education, health, and economy of the area. Increasing tribal disputes forced many people to migrate from impoverished town.

“Beyond tribal lines, we are enrolling students in this school”, Shakoor Khan Ghabizai said.

Most of the students either abandoned education or migrated to Quetta and other parts of Balochistan to keep continue their studies.

Return of education in impoverished Gulistan

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