Gulmakai Champion Haroon Yasin is bringing the technology to some of the most marginalised regionsA student uses the tablet loaded with lessons based on Pakistan’s national curriculum. (Photo courtesy of The Orenda Project)
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
It’s a simple question any child would love to answer. But when Gulmakai Champion Haroon Yasin asked it of a group of girls in Rajanpur, Pakistan, their answer took him by surprise. “Why does it matter?,” they said, “We won’t get the chance.”
Gulmakai Champion Haroon Yasin.
These girls — like many in their village — had dropped out of school after grade 5. With no nearby secondary school for girls, many parents believe it is too dangerous to send their daughters long distances to finish their education. Instead, they are married off or kept at home to do chores.
In Rajanpur, the girls were overjoyed when Haroon explained to them that these tablets would give them an opportunity to continue learning and eventually become whatever it was they wanted to be — a pilot, a cricketer, an army soldier.
The tablets cost just $5 to make, but the lifetime value is limitless. An educated girl not only helps provide for herself, but also her family and community.