If you were to meet Sadori now, you would find it hard to imagine her as anyone other than the person exuding confidence.
A student in Pakistan's remote district of Thatta, she speaks with clarity and confidence, and gives tours to important visitors of the school on special occasions.
Sadori may stand out in the small neighbourhood, but her family is typical of the remote Goth Brohi region. Uneducated and impoverished, her family lived in frustration and anxiety, and she bore the brunt of it because she was a girl.
With her tribe strictly opposed to education for women, she like many others was forced by her parents to focus on household work rather than attend school—an all-too-familiar outcome of poverty.
But when UNICEF adapted 30 select primary schools in seven Sindh districts for its Child-Friendly model education programs, Sadori was given the opportunity to enroll in the Government Girls Primary School, Abdul Ghani Brohi.
When she first arrived at the school, Sadori built an impenetrable wall around her. Abuses she suffered at home had destroyed her self-esteem.
“I was scared of talking to my teachers and classmates. I always thought they would taunt me and ridicule me,” Sadori said.
UNICEF’s partnership with Right To Play helped girls like Sadori, who need a nurturing environment to develop their confidence. Sadori not only reached eighth grade, but also qualified to become a Junior Leader. In that role, she became an inspiration to her peers, keeping her motivated to stay—and excel—in school.
Seeing her daughter excel, Sadori’s mother also changed her view on education for girls. After participating in play-based activities herself during a parent’s meeting, Azra became more accommodating and caring for her daughter’s desire to learn.
Head Mistress Qureshi commended the role play has on improving educational experiences in the region.
“Education helps younger people evolve into responsible citizens and good people by transforming their behaviours, something that can’t be done without the contribution of Right To Play.”