People & Society

A boy’s journey from begging to studying at a nearby community school

Produced by Humera Hussain Khan, Shayan Ali, Syed Jaffer and Salman Rafiq

In a country like Pakistan, where 29.5% of the total population lives below the poverty line, education seems like a dream unattainable for many. 

According to UNICEF, Pakistan has the second highest number of out of school children, with an estimated 22.8 million from the ages of 5 to 16 out of school. This makes it a whopping 44% of the population from this age bracket. 

Daya Ram is the story of a boy, who is a student of K.G.2. Education did not come without any effort to Daya, who used to beg primarily, but then started selling balloons and taking tuitions. 

Daya’s story is of struggle but also of will power. His drive led him to make his way to community school.

Daya’s family lives in a neighborhood behind the Karachi University, where students, teachers, and community volunteers teach English, Urdu, and Mathematics to several children from the locality. He wishes for his siblings to also get education and become successful contributing members of the society. 

 

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