By Suhaib Iqbal
Southern Punjab is a backward region yet its women in this region are playing their part in society despite facing hurdles and discrimination.
Meet Mahajabeen, 33-year-old from Dera Ghazi Khan, a city of southern Punjab who rides a motorbike to get to the school for teaching children. In a conservative atmosphere of Tonsa Shareef, this brave female teacher goes to school, 27 kilometers away from home, where she teaches tribal children.
Mahajabeen is a resident of Sokar Town of Tonsa Shareef from Dera Ghazi Khan. She has done her masters in political science and also has a degree of M.Ed.
The Govt. Boys School is located in the tribal administrative area near Koh-e-Suleman hills where girls have also started to get enrolled after Mahajabeen joined the school staff.
It’s worth noting that it is the same area where several terrorists were based and killed in the operation of security forces in recent years.
While talking to Pak Voices, Mahajabeen said, “In an unfriendly environment of Dera Ghazi Khan for women, I’m riding a bike daily to get to the school.”
The road to the school is rugged and bumpy passing through dangerous and unsafe areas. Even this can’t deter this brave lady teacher from her passion to educate the next generation. The students of the area have started getting a quality education since she joined the school.
Appreciating their teacher, students say that rain, heat or cold, their teacher comes to the school on her bike, “It simply inspires us and motivates us to do our work with the same commitment.”
Mahajabeen was posted at the Boys Primary School, Tonsa Shareef, a tribal belt, about six months ago where there was no female teacher before her. The school had just two male teachers. Now the girls of the area are also taking a great interest in getting admission at the school to pursue their abandoned educations and dreams.