By Rimsha Ali Shah.
Being a bystander in his own classroom was a new role for Waquas, but one that he cherished more than ever.
At the head of the classroom stood Kajol, a student of grade ten at Government Girls High School, Shahdatkot. Kajol had undergone a five-day extensive training program where she learned all about five key elements of civic education: health skills, conflict resolution skills, citizenship skills, self-management skills and social skills.
Kajol’s poise in the classroom was a clear indication of her command over what she had learned over the five-day mentorship period. She had been selected in the 30 student-mentors’ cohort after a grueling application process.
“Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds”, she instructed her students taking the health skills workshop.
For Waquas Ahmed, the empowered mentor before him was a clear indication of the change he had envisioned his project would bring about. An alumnus of the Teaching Excellence Program (TEA), Waquas had seen civic education in action during his exchange program. “The lack of civic education integration in school curriculum is preventing our young minds from gaining the education that will help them transform lives.”