Youth Voices

Master Ayub’s Street School Project

By Ghania Suhail
NUST Business School


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Across the slums located in one of the elite sectors of Islamabad, a piece of land right next to the play area allotted by the Capital Development Authority has been playing a pivotal role of being a make shift school for some 300 underprivileged children who are mostly from the squalid.

The school is headed by Master Ayub who has been teaching with utmost determination, honesty and selflessness. He doesn’t charge them any money for the tuition. He has been doing this gem of a task for the past 25 years and has managed to enable numerous students to gain command over English language as well as attain a place in the respectable stratum of the society through obtaining good jobs.

Apart from teaching these children everyday, he has a job and a family to support. However, despite his meager income, Master Ayub has ensured that he takes a generous portion of his income out for the children of the street school. He bears their medical and stationery expenses and has guaranteed the provision of blackboards, chalks and mats for the children to sit on. He considers the children of the street school as his own and cares for them as such.

Master Ayub is now 65 years of age and is still teaching with the same level of fervor. There are several volunteers and family members who are teaching alongside voluntarily, infusing the young minds with the glint of education, an epitome of inspiration for many.