When children are born, people rejoice at the new addition to their families – everyone’s ecstatic. We love large families with lots of babies in Pakistan.
Yet, we forget how expensive each human being can get.
One of the most expensive things in Pakistan right now is Education. People can barely afford primary and secondary education, as school fees for private schools range from 15000-40000 rupees all across the country.
A country where the minimum wage is 18000 Rupees how can someone afford sending multiple kids to school?
This becomes a bigger problem when it comes to higher education as the fee goes up higher and higher with the level of education.
But that didn’t stop this family.
Abdul Ghafar is a fruit vendor in Faisalabad.
His job is tiresome and difficult, it doesn’t guarantee how much money he’ll be taking home on any particular day and he doesn’t know if he’ll even be making minimum wage.
At home, his wife helps out by stitching clothes. Together they take care of all the needs a child might have.
They were determined to make sure that their daughter gets the best education there was – they fully supported her
And that support did wonders.
Their daughter Noorul Sabah studied from the University of Education in Lahore. She just completed her MSc in Economics and received a Gold Medal!
She is one of 158 students that received a Gold medal. The total number of students graduating was –12000. This is a huge achievement.
While speaking to the press her father spoke about how he always supported his daughter at every step saying –
“Yeh parhti gayi, hum iska saath detey gaye”
You can hear how proud he is of his daughter just by listening to his voice.
While addressing the event, Sabah said “My father is a fruit vendor and my mother stitches clothes in our house. They’ve faced a lot of hardships yet they still helped me in completing my education. I’m dedicating this gold medal to my parents”
“This gold medal belongs to them” – Sabah
For Pakistan to move forward we need this. We need parents to understand the importance of education and support their children however they can in making sure they get it.
Higher education shouldn’t be a thing that only the “rich and wealthy” have. There are millions of great minds all across Pakistan – they just need the access and support to come out and shine.