Real lives

One story out of many: Education changes a girl’s life
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 13 December 2004 – In a classroom full of fifth-graders, Asma Bibi – 14, and tall for her age – towers over her classmates. But she doesn’t mind. Asma is very happy just to be in school.

Going to school on a mountain slope
BAKOTE, Pakistan, 12 October 2004 – Nazia Bibi, 22, teaches at a girls' primary school in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan. The school is perched high atop a rugged mountain slope, where cultivated fields are as wide as a man is tall.

On polio’s last frontier in Pakistan
“Come on, it’s not far now,” laughed 19 year-old Falaknaz. We followed her cautiously up the treacherous, muddy path leading to her village, on Pakistan’s North West Frontier province. Behind us, the green mountains of the Afghan border lay shadowed by the burning heat of late afternoon.

Community commitment puts girls in school in rural Pakistan
A community-centred government programme supported by UNICEF and AusAID has built village schools and got 30,000 girls, like 11-year-old Naz Bibi, into primary school.

School that stops child abuse in Pakistan
It's the height of the monsoon season and the narrow back alleys of Rawalpindi's Pirwhadai area are slippery with mud as water oozes under piles of rotting rubbish. House number 087 looks ordinary enough from the outside but as you approach, the sounds of children's talk and laughter can be heard.