In-laws proud of literate Rayasat

Basic education has become a liberating experience in Rayasat’s life
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Learning to read and write has changed her life
October, 2014, Buner: Rayasat Hakeem was illiterate and felt hopeless on her very first day at the Adult Learning Center. She was worried she wouldn’t be able to keep up. Her father and mother-in-law were unhappy with her when she started going to the center, and her husband also ignored her for a week. But she was committed to know how to read, write and have a basic education.

By the time she graduated, five months later, she had won over her in-laws and husband as well.

Today, Rayasat can read and write her name, can dial and read her husband’s mobile number and SMS.

She can also read and understand her electricity bill. It has been a huge liberation.

Earlier she was even afraid to visit the hospital but today she has no fear. She leads other women around, confidently reading the names of wards and of doctors.

Above all, she feels great happiness when she helps her children with their homework.

She says that now when she helps her kids with their school work, her husband and in-laws say “well done”.

This gives her the greatest happiness because she gets more appreciation in her own home.

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Project:
Programme for Economic Advancement and Community Empowerment (PEACE)

Total Budget: EUR 40 million

Duration: October 2012 – October 2016

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Rayasat is particularly proud of being able to help with her children’s homework
“Now when I help my kids with their school work, my husband and in-laws say “well done!”

Rayasat Hakeem




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