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Pahchaan’s campaign for education to poor Muslim girls

New Delhi: Pahchaan, a voluntary organisation that aims at, among other things, providing education to poor Muslim girls who have perforce to abandon their education because their parents cannot afford the expenses of their education after a certain class, has taken up the task of providing education to such poor girls who are desirous of further education. Mrs. Shabnam Hashmi who is running and managing ‘Anhad’, an NGO is also the moving spirit behind ‘Pahchaan’, its office or centre is situated in Jaitpur locality of Delhi. At a press conference held at Women’s Press Club, she (Shabnam Hashmi) said that this year 15 girls of this centre (Pahchaan) appeared for High School and Intermediate examination of whom 13 passed. In addition to her (Shabnam), girls themselves narrated their stories and experiences and expressed their happiness. Shabnam Hashmi further said that some parents stop their daughters from going to school after 6th or 7th class. Hence on behalf of ‘Pahchaan’ we meet parents and try to convince them to allow their daughters to go to school so that their education should be complete at least upto 10th. She said that in all such cases we succeed and parents allow their daughters to go to schools. Farhat, a teacher in Pahchaan Centre, said that “we have been teaching in this centre for the past 5 years and there are 30 girls in this centre including those who could not continue their education after 6th, 7th or 8th for some reason.” She said that for teaching such girls (who for some reason give up their education) we paste posters at different places so that such girls should know about our centre and may join it for free education.


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2016 on page no. 15

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