Village: Raichand Menghwar, MirpurKhas
"I don't want the children of my community to work all day in fields. I want them to be educated."
Misree opened a school in a community hall, few years back with an enrollment of 50 children. He belongs to a Hindu community where education had been insufficient for many years. But because he was the educated one in his family, he wanted the children of his community to go to a school. Therefore, with the help of his friend, Misree decided to start a school for the children of his village.
(From Left to Right- Misree)
As time elapsed, Misree's school started to encounter little issues that were creating a roadblock for the children in their education. The children were not able to pay the fee, and because of that many children were often counted as absentees. It was distressing to see lesser children each day, and the prospects for Misree's community school looked dim.
One day Misree discovered that two children from his community went to a different school from the one he had opened. This school was 20kilometers away from Misree's village. The school was supported by Primary Education Project, and Misree discovered that the school had a teacher, classroom resources, and efficient enrollment.
This was just what Misree had dreamt for his own school.
Misree decided to talk with the School Management Committee (SMC ) of PEP school in hopes to find a solution for the disappointing situation of his own school, and after reviewing what Misree was doing, PEP decided to help him run a proper school for his community.
For Misree, this became the beginning of a big future!
Misree was appointed as a PEP teacher in 2013 and attended the specialized Teacher Training provided by PEP. After the teacher training, Misree decided to build a separate school and motivated his community to contribute something in doing so.
The community acknowledged his decision because of what he had learnt during the teacher training, and became successful in building a proper sustainable school known as Raichand Menghwar School, in Mirpurkhas.
When Raichand Menghwar School was in its early days, the school was merely constructed with wood, but the ceiling was not there. The children used to take classes in the open room which wasn't going to be appropriate for long term.
One day, the landlord of Misree's village was passing by, and noticed that the children were having classes in unfeasible condition. The Landlord objected at this condition of children and demanded that something better would be done immediately for their educational environment.
The Landlord provided Misree 10 benches, a table and chair, a blackboard, 4ft pipe for clean water and a roof for the classroom. In the present, the landlord has promised Misree to build another classroom for the students due to increasing enrollment.
Misree had never thought that his commitment and faithfulness to education would give him a huge reward. The Landlord of Misree belonged to a Muslim community who had authority over the Hindus living in his village. But as Misree expressed, the Landlord of his village has been very supportive. The Landlord was proud of the school his village owns, and because of what Misree had been doing to support it.
Primary Education Project works for all faith communites with a special focus on Peace. It is rare to find such a relationship as that of Misree and his Landlord in Raichand Menhgwar Village. Due to cultural and religious differences, it is mostly hard to maintain an understanding between communities of different faith.
Primary Education Project ensures that all faith communities are motivated towards peace with each other as well as having the equal opportunity to receive quality education.
The current school building of Raichand Menghwar Primary School was donated by a generous UK donor Ms.Sheila (late) in December 2015. She supported all the PEP schools since 2002 and was a loving friend of Dr. Jane Jerrard, the former director of PEP.