An area notorious for gang violence, there is a street whose walls are lined with colourful paintings of flowers and butterflies. Here, the children converse fluently in English, have mashed potatoes for lunch and frolic about in an indoor playground.
This is the Kiran School. Underprivileged toddlers are admitted to the school, which then tries to help them gain scholarships as well as admission to prestigious educational institutions.An area notorious for gang violence, there is a street whose walls are lined with colourful paintings of flowers and butterflies. Here, the children converse fluently in English, have mashed potatoes for lunch and frolic about in an indoor playground.
Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah has said that public-private partnership in the education sector has produced good results and one of its success stories is the children who speak fluent English at the DCTO English medium school in Lyari, which is named after Hindu philanthropist Deepchand T Ojha.
This he said while addressing administration, teaching staff and students of the DCTO English Medium High School, Lyari operating on a public-private partnership basis by the Kiran Foundation. The CM was received by Education Secretary Iqbal Durani, Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) Managing Director Naheed Durrani, Founder and chairperson of Kiran Foundation Sabina Khatri and one of its director Nazir Tunio among others.
Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday paid visit to DCTO Kiran Foundation School located in Lyari’s Moosa Lane area and met the students there, reported Dunya News.
Murad Ali Shah was accompanied by provincial education minister Jam Mehtab Dahar during his visit to the school which is being administered by a social welfare organisation. Shah visited different classrooms of the school, met with the teachers and also observed the children’s musical performance.
When one thinks of Lyari, the only images that come to mind are of gang violence, abuse, blood and gore. But Sabina Khatri has been working to redefine that. Lyari and its residents are what bring a smile on Sabina’s face every morning. At a time when local government bodies had given up on this crime-infested community, Sabina stepped in to change things for the better. She opened a school.
“Turn every stone in Pakistan and you find a diamond,” said Sabina Khatri – one of the six central characters of Ho Yaqeen, a project that aims to promote a positive image of Pakistan. She sent chills down my spine.
I listened keenly as she spoke at the premiere of HoYaqeen which was attended by the glitterati of Karachi. Pakistan’s first and only Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was also present at this event.
What Sabina said stayed with me; working for a news organisation has made me feel despondent and desolate. As news of torture, rape, kidnapping, sectarian violence and bomb blasts pours in, I am left wondering where the good news is.
The Kiran Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has transformed the streets of Lyari with a beautiful vibe. Tiles were fixed on the outer walls of around 22 houses situated on the street. The walls were decorated with patterns and bright colours made sure that the area that was once infested with gang wars is now colourful and pretty like it should have been way earlier.
According to the residents, the streets of Lyari were once filled with garbage and sewage but this is healthy change for their environment.
Sabina Khatri’s emotional talk was the limelight of the event. She narrated different stories of which the most impactful was of the little girl molested by her maternal grandfather on a daily basis. She emphasized on healing yourself which will make you independent, fearless, less judgmental, more open to people and more expressive.
She also focused on achieving proactive empathy. Her life was a bundle of mistakes but what she learnt from them actually mattered to her. Her curiosity made her what she is today. She advised the people listening to hold the hand of a lost soul because it will light a ray of hope which this world severely needs.