BY YUSRA JABEEN
KARACHI: Aster Rehmat, a primary school teacher in Adam Goth, near New Sabzi Mandi in Karachi fights a battle every day to help children get off the streets, stop begging, come to school and start earning a sense of self-worth.
She gathers children from the community every morning and takes them to school, all the while making a persevarant effort to help her students enjoy the process of learning.
Rehmat has even helped children wash their face and hands in school – a concept previously unknown to them.
This relentless teacher was an active participant in a unique teacher training initiative organised by Eternal Hope, a charitable effort of a group of concerned students, in collaboration with facilitators from Karachi Grammar School.
Facilitators Ainee Shehzad, Shumaila Hussain and Asif Jameel conducted a four-day-long teachers training session at Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) Training Institute in Saddar, Karachi. The training started June 21 and ended June 24.
The teachers came from various schools that were established under MALC some 15 to 20 years ago. Over 30 teachers participated in the training.
“A school is as good as its teachers. If a teacher is ineffective, the system is ineffective – and this puts the students and their future at risk,” said Shehzad, one of the main facilitators at the training.
Mervyn Lobo, the chief executive officer of MALC, appreciated the passion of the teachers who participated in the training.
“Earlier, due to lack of funds, we were debating whether we should shut down one of the schools,” Lobo said while addressing the teachers on the last day of the training. “However, we decided against that because of the passion of the teachers,” he said.
Sameer Shehzad, co-founder of Eternal Hope and a school-going student himself, saw this teacher training session as a success. “We will continue to hold more of these workshops so we can reach out to many more teachers,” he added.
Many teachers at the training were of the opinion that the sessions should span over at least seven days.
They also told Samaa a prior notice to the teachers would also help as some of them learnt about the opportunity midway of the training. – SAMAA