Bridging the Gap: A Heartfelt Encounter That Inspired Change

From the very beginning of my fellowship, I implemented a practice of conducting one-on-one sessions with my students. The aim was to truly understand them and establish trust. Over time, this practice not only allowed me to create a positive and safe environment for my students but also encouraged them to share the challenges they were facing. Among these countless sessions, one stands out vividly in my memory – an encounter that renewed my commitment to our cause. This particular session left an indelible mark on my heart due to the profound emotions it evoked.

Our conversation began with simple questions: “Who are you? What’s happening in your life beyond studies? What do you enjoy doing after school?” Initially, the responses were filled with happiness, and we shared smiles as we talked. But as I inquired about his family, something shifted. He began to delve into the struggles his family had endured. With each word, his eyes welled up with tears, and soon they began to trickle down his cheeks. I, too, was overwhelmed with emotions, but I had to remain composed. I gently patted his back, assuring him that it was alright to share his feelings. Deep inside, my heart ached, but I had to be his pillar of strength.

His story was not just his alone; it was the story of millions of out-of-school children facing similar challenges. This encounter ignited a flurry of questions in my mind: “Why aren’t there adequate policies addressing such issues? What are the gaps in our education system contributing to this inequity? How can I contribute to bringing about positive change?”

These questions haunted me for days as I searched for answers. I began to understand the chasm between policy and execution. Firstly, our education policies need to prioritize students, adopting a local and realistic approach. Secondly, those involved in policymaking should step into the field to understand the ground realities. Lastly, for effective policy execution, there must be continuous monitoring of facts and data to evaluate their impact.

This encounter not only moved me deeply but also fueled my determination to bridge the gap between policy and the students who need it most. It’s a reminder that every child’s story is worth listening to, and every tear shed is a call to action.

  • By Awais Iqbal

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