Shabbir bhai. Everyone whose somehow connected to Nixor college is somehow connected to Shabbir Bhai. Boys shake hands and give him a one arm hug acknowledging their favourite guard’s presence as they enter the school to start their day. I found him rather interesting – someone who had a wonderful sense of humour, with a touch of innocence.
My curiosity got the best of me as I one day questioned him about his education. He just laughed it off. I persisted. Unfortunately, curiosity killed the cat and the answer which I got was something I least expected, and it did not fail to disappoint me. He had failed his matriculation exams “english main maar kha gaya” as he put it. His brother, Bashir bhai was – quite shockingly – in jail on the day of his English exam.
However, this article is not about Shabbir bhai or his brother but it surely has a lot to do with them. I was stunned when I heard his story. All the way back home, I kept on thinking about how significant a change would it have been on the events of his life if he would have passed English and continued further education. A better job, a better lifestyle, better awareness – it created in me a very passionate sense of ambition.
Taleem Hamesha provides a perfect opportunity for all people like Shabbir Bhai. Taleem Hamesha, which if translated into English means Education Always, is a clear indication of how we never consider age to be a hindrance in the way of anyone’s education. Education is the key. It’s the key to awareness, it’s the key to country’s prosperity, it’s the key to a better lifestyle and also better family values. It is a complete package and can always lead one to wonderful opportunities. Interacting with the staff at Nixor college at my first class of Taleem Hamesha I felt rather emotional – which let me remind you is very unlikely of me. I felt highly satisfied as they all held their pens into their hands and with smiles on their faces worked harder and harder everytime their pens touched their papers to write either “a” or “My name is Imran” or “I like red”. I had never been happier. Of course, it was not the ending. It was merely a step towards what we had to accomplish – just the first step probably. But the fact that it was happening was motivation enough. To see Shabbir bhai continuing what he had first left gave me happiness. To see the staff at Nixor – who after they’re whole days of hard work were still eager – gave me happiness. It was proof that they wanted to make a difference to, and we, all of us at Taleem that day vowed to make that happen. It was difficult, not impossible So here we are, ready to face the challenges that we face because we would do anything at all, to see those smiling faces educated one day. We want them to develop, to prosper and to be aware of what might lead to a better life, and God willing, it will happen one day.