Today we’d like to introduce you to Maliha Ebrahim.
Maliha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
“The opportunity for every child to learn and to make the most of their talents is at the heart of a fairer society. Yet in country after country, it is wealth, not talent, that dictates a child’s educational destiny. This reality is failing individual children, each of whom has a right to education. It is also failing society, as a generation of talented poor girls and boys cannot fulfil their promise and contribute fully to human progress. Brilliant doctors, teachers or entrepreneurs are instead herding goats or collecting water. Humanity faces unprecedented challenges. Yet instead of utilizing the talents of all of people, inequality means we are squandering this potential.”
Let’s Talk about Numbers; More people in the world today are educated than ever before. In 1820 only 12% of the people in the world could read and write. Today the share is reversed: only 17% of the world’s population remains illiterate. Primary school enrollment is now almost universal in most countries, with as many girls enrolling as boys. Nevertheless, these figures overshadow the impact of persistent inequity. Some 63 million children of primary school age were out of school in 2016 and progress on primary school enrollment remains flat. Most impacted are the world’s poorest countries, where the lack of basic education is a hard constraint on development. The rise in school enrollment does not mean that all those children are getting a good education. Globally, 125 million children are not acquiring functional literacy or numeracy, even after four years in school.
Duncanville, a city economically challenged. The factors I am facing that compromises my school effectiveness are chronic malnutrition, disease, and chaotic or violent environments undermine children’s early development. High-quality teachers—in fact, all teachers—are in short supply. School management is often weak, and availability of resources can’t always keep pace with fast-rising enrollments. My greatest inspiration is when I can help the children and make a difference in their lives. My school is in an area with lots of poverty and problems. I also care about their home situation because it effects their ability to learn and grow. Every day we start the school day with each one of us sharing a positive thing we have done or seen. I love my students and have also received a lot of love back, both from students and their parents.
There are, I’m sure, many such schools in the vicinity of my school, but my intention wasn’t to own just any school or join hands with any non-profit organization. For some reason, I paused to consider the whys and the why nots of joining this particular school among the others.
The DFW have enough people who would be more than willing to do this, I asked myself? Did these children in Duncanville and South Dallas have internet access and computers that they could use to further their knowledge? What difference would I be making if I were to be just one of the many who opened a school in an economically thriving area and wailed about how unfortunate it is that most don’t have access to quality education?
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Duncanville, a city, ruled out to be below poverty level as for median income. The factors I am facing that compromises my school effectiveness are chronic malnutrition, disease, and chaotic or violent environments undermine children’s early development. High-quality teachers—in fact, all teachers—are in short supply. School management is often weak, and availability of resources can’t always keep pace with fast-rising enrollments.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Being able to play outside in the neighborhood.
- $145 Registration per family
- $125 per week for ages 18 months to 4 years old
- $90 Before and After school care
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