School Under The Tree In A Park
Pakistani firefighter Mohammed (Master) Ayub grew up poor and struggling for an education, and he swore never to let that happen to another kid. So for 30 years he’s been teaching poor children under a tree in a park.
Pakistani firefighter Mohammed (Master) Ayub grew up poor and struggling for an education, and he swore never to let that happen to another kid. So for 30 years he's been teaching poor children under a tree in a park. Al Jazeera's Hassan Ghani went for a lesson.Read more about Master Ayub: aje.io/PakistanTeacher
Posted by Al Jazeera English on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
It all started 30 years ago, after he moved to Islamabad, Pakistan.
“My family were staying in the village and I was here in the city alone, so I wanted to do something in my spare time that would be of some use,” Ayub told Al Jazeera.
With that in mind, he asked a young boy washing cars why he wasn’t at school. The response was typical: “my parents are poor, so I work,” the boy had told him.
“I brought him a notebook, gave him a pencil and an eraser, and started teaching him there and then, sitting on the ground.” Master Ayub had found his calling.
The next day, the boy brought along his friend. The day after, a couple more came. Within a week, and with a bit of persuasion, there were fifty children coming to learn to read and write after they had finished their work each day.
Now, with the help of former students and friends, Master Ayub’s park school accommodates around 200 children, a mixture of Muslims and Christians from poor families. Thousands have passed through in the last three decades, taking government accredited exams to allow them to go on to higher education, or secure decent jobs.