Read: Anjam and Rabia
"It was a strange experience for me; I was not expecting such results," explained Rizwana Kausar, teacher of DIL-Dhoke Hafeezullah School in Rawalpindi, regarding the success of her deaf and dumb students, Anjam Javeed, 11, and Rabia Javeed, 13.
The girls’ parents desperately wanted their daughters to attend school like normal children, so they sent them to a private school four years ago, only to be returned home by the teacher who found them to be inattentive and difficult to teach.
When a DIL school was established in their village in 2002, both sisters enrolled. Initially, the girls used sign language to communicate with the teachers and students, but as they learned to read and write, the blackboard became their basis of communication. Questions were written on the blackboard and the sisters would scribble their responses in their notebooks.
"No doubt, there were many frustrations along the way, but through perseverance and love, we overcame them," Kauser said. "Both girls are extremely bright and creative, and love drawing flowers. They have made many friends and even come to visit me after school."
Both sisters sat in May of this year for the primary standard examination conducted by the education department and did very well. Anjam obtained the highest marks in her class in Urdu and the second highest in English. Having received certificates from the Education Department, the sisters have enrolled in a government middle school, which is at quite a distance from their village—such is their thirst for education.