Mahjabeen, now 18, lives in a village called Neeli in District Pishin. Six years ago she passed sixth grade at a government girls’ High School, which was 7 km from her home. She was withdrawn from school due to cultural norms disapproving of grownup girls attending school so far from home. But Mahjabeen’s burning desire to continue her education never ceased.
The establishment of DIL Community Girls Middle School, Munzaki Bostan, four miles from Neeli, gave Mahjabeen renewed hope. She found the courage to ask her father for permission to enroll, but he bluntly refused. When the project staff approached her father to try to convince him, he shooed them away.
But Mahjabeen was not going to give up. She had an idea: if the other four girls in her neighborhood joined the school, her father would have to agree. She worked on every one of them, insisting they would regret it if they missed this wonderful opportunity of continuing their education. Fortunately, the girls’ parents agreed. Gleefully, she approached her father, who finally consented.
A motivating factor for Mahjabeen was that the schoolteacher, Ms. Nargis Habib, was her class fellow at the government school she attended as a child. Nargis was allowed to continue her education, which enabled her to become a teacher. Mahjabeen would also like to teach someday. What a wonderful role model she will be for her students.