by Shaista Kazmi
She is 15 years old, the eldest sister of her 7 brothers, hailing originally from Mohmand Agency, probably the first one in her family to read and write.
Abida is a role model for the girls of her age group and even for those elder than her due to her conviction and commitment to get education as her basic right and duty.
She joined SLP in 2012 and is still a student with a firm determination to become a teacher in the same program and teach other what she has learned.
While telling her story, Abida says that getting education once seemed impossible for her she got the permission to come to SLP office to guard her four brothers who studied here, as she is the eldest of her siblings. But with the passage of time she worked hard and proved the worth of education to her parents and family by exhibiting good manners and ability to read and write.
‘It was surprising for my parents when I started reading the letters, bills and newspaper at home. I also used to write the list of things to purchase, and I also maintained a budget of our household expenses which I learned in the class’
She told that her parents were then happy to see a positive change in her and her mother started supporting her education and later her father too supported her.
Abida says that literacy is a blessing that has countless advantages. It is something that never lets one feel alone. If one starts reading an interesting book that takes one away into a different world.
She says that in worst case if she could not continue getting education she will not be as unfortunate as she felt she was when she was illiterate because now she can self learn and also teach others.