Headline July 04, 2015/ "' THAT SCHOOL FOR POOR CHILDREN '''



FEELING MAD isn't an unusual emotion we tend to feel, when we observe and account for the state of affairs,... say, in a developing world.

Anger definitely takes a toll on your nerves but it in fact, facilitates approach-orientated behaviour, or actions that move us forward to a goal object, or ideas.
Anger preps you to take action.

According to Wesley Moons, Ph.D, founder and CEO of the litigation consulting  firm, Moons Analytics:

"On the one hand anger basically serves as a signal that something is wrong. On the other hand, anger is different from other negative emotional states because it seems to increase reliance on mental shortcuts."

A Univerity of Caifornia study showed that anger might actually make individuals act more rationally, suggesting that it can be a motivator of analytic thought, rather than being a obstacle.

And with that, I return to the "operational research" post:  

IN AN AREA plagued by stark poverty : "Saya Trust School"  has built a spread of educational oasis.

Behind the elite mansions and lavish marquees of the affluent  E and F sectors of Islamabad, Pakistan, lies the  not-so-glamorous slum area of Maira Aku Golra Sharif.

Picturesque with grassy green lands, the story of the inhabitants is of stark contrast.  Low wage workers and pure hand labourers with an average monthly income of  Rs 6,000  to  Rs 8,000  live in the area.

Unable to cope with financial pressures, ever so often,  these labourers resort to drug addiction or even worse   -petty crime.

Eventually the duty of bread winning falls on the frail shoulders of their wives and children, making time for education an impossible fry cry.

Amid this darkness, flickers hope   -a charity school that educates children whose lives would otherwise be be one of unending constant struggle and increasing misery. 

Asma Tughral Yamin, a lady with kind eyes and a bright smile, is the brains and the muscle behind   Saya Trust School   with over 25 years of teaching experience in both  public and private schools.

"In 2008, I read in a newspaper that  25 million Pakistani children do not go to school. I felt it my responsibility to drop my pebble in the ocean," she states.

The intial days were marked with myriad challenges,  recalls Yamin,  sayng the biggest challenge was to convice  illiterate parents to educate their children,   -otherwise thought of only  as earning hands.

Starting from a single rug laid under a tree, the school grew sprawling across three Kanals  and enlightens nearly  500 students   from nursery to grade seven.

SAAYA, meaning shade in English, was what it became with Yamin's family unhindered support.

Her relatives regularly donate,  which helps in sustaining book supplies, uniforms, food, computers, field trips and teachers salaries but finding enough qualified teachers is still a large struggle.

Yamin,  a mother of two   -also wishes to extend the school to higher grades as continuation of studies becomes a challenge after grade seven for students who deeply value education.

Waseen Khan, an orphan, is one such student who, despite getting an exemption, insisted that he would pick garbage to pay his admission fee of Rs 100.   

Most students are part-time garbage pickers, mechanics or maids but their aspirations are big. They dream of becoming pilots, engineers, doctors, teachers and even rappers and break dancers.

The story of Shehla Tariq, the school's principal is not much different. Hailing from a strictly conservative family and household where education for girls was taboo, she used her embroidery skill to finance her studies till college.

"Once a stranger came up to me and told me that he was my former student and is now a lawyer," Tariq remarked, saying she was pleasantly shocked to learn about his journey.

"These children come from large families where they receive only one meal a day and that too lacks adequate nutirition," said Mehr Zaidi, a voluntary nutritionist at the school.

And after "Anger" comes  'Sadness'.

When we are sad, we tend to be less biased in decision making   -we think a little more slowly and deliberately about whom to trust,  -for eample. We're also likely to act more fairly and less selfishly.

Plus, sadness helps you avoid being too gullible. All in all, it makes us thoughtful, and helps us think critically  -sadness can actually be a real resource.

So, if you are on the receiving end of a sales pitch, you may want to go ahead and think about how much you miss your childhood dog that recently passed away.

On the other hand, if you're feeling super happy, you may want to avoid taking a sales pitch and use that positive emotion for something good instead  -like your creative work.

I leave all these great judgements to you all!

!WOW!  thanks Humaya Waseem for this enlightenment. And we hope that she follows up more of such examples.

With respectful dedication to the Students,Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

"' That's Not All -Folks "'

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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