Sadori is a Grade 8 student in Pakistan's remote district of Thatta. Speaking with clarity and confidence, she greets important visitors at her school during special occasions - giving tours and proudly illustrating the work that the school has accomplished in the area.
Sadori may stand out in the small neighbourhood, but her family is typical of the remote Goth Brohi region. Uneducated, impoverished and tribal, the entire Brohi community faces almost insurmountable odds amongst the region’s other tribes.
Like other girls in her village, she bore the brunt of her parent’s frustration and anxiety that originates in poverty.
With her tribe strictly opposed to education for girls, she accepted household work as her role in the family. She began to help her mother with chores at an early age and found it hard to focus on her life outside the home.
But when UNICEF adapted 30 select primary schools in seven Sindh districts for its Child-Friendly (CF) model education programs, Sadori was given the opporutnity to enrol in the Government Girls Primary School, Abdul Ghani Brohi.
The model upholds the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which clearly states that all children have the right to an education, to play and participate in recreational and cultural activities.
When she first arrived at the school, Sadori had an impenetrable wall around her. The abuse she suffered at home had destroyed her self-esteem.
“I was scared of talking to my teachers, and class fellows. I always thought they would taunt me and ridicule me,” Sadori said.
UNICEF’s partnership with Right To Play helped similar girls like Sadori who needed a nurturing environment to develop their confidence. With the introduction of Right To Play's ‘Life Skills Development through Sport and Play’ project, the children's self-esteem began to develop.
Sadori was no exception.
Sadori not only reached the eighth grade but also qualified to become a Junior Leader. But while Sadori discovered her potential, her parents still needed attention. In order for a child to succeed, the parents must understand and be reassured of the benefits of an education.
Her mother, Azra, was "was nervous to attend a meeting at the school. But later, I felt more confident in myself as the session came to a close.” Now, Sadori finds her mother more accommodating and caring than before.
The school's Head Mistress, Qureshi, commends the role that Right To Play and other NGOs have had in improving the educational sector of rural Sindh. “Education aims to evolve younger people into responsible citizens and good people by transforming their behaviours, something that can’t be done without the contribution of Right To Play.”
When given the chance to attend school in a safe environment, amazing transformations begin to happen. Children develop confidence and self-esteem, which translates into hope and a vision for a better future. Your support can help girls like Sadori become leaders in their communities, leading to sustainable change around attitudes toward gender equality and education.