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Teaching The Future Pillars

Mohammad Ayub,The man who left his village Mandi Bahauddin to seek employment in Islamabad. After a few false starts he eventually found a job as a civil defence worker, becoming a fireman. As a fireman, Ayub saw the human face of this tragedy and his view of the world was changed forever. Living in the nation’s capital, Ayub saw poverty all around him and vowed to make a difference, however small. “Even though this is a VIP city with so much money, I saw small children collecting garbage and begging,”. So one day he went to Supermarket, an elite shopping district in Islamabad, gathered up a few children, and decided to teach them how to read and write. “At first it wasn’t easy,” he says. “People were sceptical of my motives.” But once a few children were reading and writing fluently, parents began to approach him, asking him to teach their children. Next on his agenda was finding a place to set up his informal school. “I got my students and together we went to a park in F-6/3 that was filled with trash and filth,” he says. “We cleaned it up together, and set up a makeshift school.” That park, located in one of Islamabad’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, is where he continues to teach to this day,as his school grew, the Capital Development Authority attempted to shut it down, telling him he was not allowed to use government property. But the poet Ahmed Faraz helped convince officials to allow the school to continue operating. Over the years Master Ayub,, has taught thousands of children from the most impoverished families in Islamabad. “If someone donates books or stationery, or wants to give a small donation to pay for electricity, then I will accept. I have 2-3 computers now and the biggest expense I have is electricity. At the age of 65, Master Ayub is determined to continue his work. “I am not the diamond,” he says. “These kids are the real diamonds. There will always be people who need me and I will keep doing this until my last breath.” While many individuals across the country are working hard to make sure that Pakistan’s children have a better future . Master Ayub is an inspiration to us all, and a reminder that all it takes to transform the lives of thousands of children is one person with a dream to help others.

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