‘School is important for me, because today all that I am is only because of school.’
Haji is a PEP student who has a vision. He wants to continue studying because his dream is to become a doctor one day. Before Haji ever joined school he was a shepherd in his village. He used to work in the fields with the animals as well as working in his house. Haji never thought of going to school because he never thought he would be able to attend school. He had no knowledge about books or studying or tests. But when he used to see other children going to school, he wondered what it would be like to go to a school.
After having a conversation with PEP Field Leaders, Haji received permission to begin attending school. His school life has made a great impact on his personality. Now that he is educated, he is respected by everyone in his village. He has become more disciplined in his studies and is learning how to realize his ambitions.
He loves his school because he learns new things every day. Haji values the opportunity to be able to receive an education and dream big for his future. For Haji, school is place where he has learned new skills and gained knowledge that is helpful for his life. Through a number of PEP trainings such as peace education, community health education, disaster risk reduction, financial education, Haji now has the foundation to make himself a better person.
Though sometimes it is hard to attend school because of the poverty he lives in, Haji wants to keep up his struggle because he has a vision of achieving something important in his life. He has the courage to take challenges and the determination to accomplish them. He has faith in his vision and he believes that through his constant hard work he will achieve his dream.
Help other students like Haji to start going to school by supporting PEP projects on the 7th October. Join the Youth Spark Bonus Day!