Education is All

Educating a Disabled Student.

The Goodwill Movement, a student-led initiative, is making remarkable strides in fostering inclusivity and empowerment for the disabled youth of Gilgit Baltistan. By providing a platform for effective communication and skill development, the movement aims to help disabled individuals thrive in society. 

However, the economic challenges faced by disabled individuals outside Gilgit Baltistan cannot be ignored. A disabled student studying Islamic Banking and Finance, recently reached out to the Goodwill Movement seeking support to overcome a financial crisis jeopardizing her education. In this article, we delve into her story and the significance of supporting disabled students in Pakistan.

Supporting Disabled Students in Pakistan: 

The Goodwill Movement has been at the forefront of empowering disabled youth in Gilgit Baltistan by offering a platform for effective communication and skill development. This student-led initiative has harnessed the power of social media platforms and the website to enable the disabled community to express their thoughts and emotions confidently.

A determined 5th-semester student of Islamic Banking and Finance, hailing from Jutiyal, Gilgit, has faced considerable financial hardships. Despite her university fees being waived as a disabled student, the burden of hostel fees, amounting to over 1 lakh PKR, has become an insurmountable obstacle for her. Syeda’s heartfelt letter to the Goodwill Movement highlights the struggles of disabled students living outside Gilgit Baltistan in the face of Pakistan’s economic turmoil.

The Intersection of Gender and Disability: 

Being a woman with a disability in Pakistan brings its own set of challenges and caveats. Her story reflects the struggles faced by many disabled women in the country. The lack of empathy from the hostel warden exacerbates her situation, leaving her uncertain about her future and education.
Inclusive Education and the Mehnaz Fatima Inclusive Education System: her educational journey began at the Mehnaz Fatima Inclusive Education System, where she excelled and held an A GRADE. The importance of inclusive education in nurturing the potential of disabled students cannot be overstated. However, financial constraints have now put her education at risk.



Appeal for Support: The Goodwill Movement, known for its compassion and empathy, aims to make a difference in her life by raising funds for her outstanding hostel fees. Donations are being sought to support not only her but also other disabled students facing similar financial crises in the future.



Disability Development and Access to Education: 

At the heart of the Goodwill Movement’s mission is disability development, which includes increasing access to education and training for people with disabilities. By supporting students like her, the movement is taking significant steps towards breaking down barriers and creating a more inclusive society.



Conclusion: 

The Goodwill Movement’s student-led efforts in empowering disabled youth in Gilgit Baltistan are commendable. However, it is crucial to extend support beyond the region and address the financial challenges faced by disabled students living in other areas of Pakistan. This story serves as a poignant reminder of the need for compassion and generosity to ensure that no disabled student’s education is jeopardized due to financial constraints. 

By contributing to the cause, individuals can play a vital role in shaping a brighter and more inclusive future for disabled students in Pakistan.



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Farhan Baig

My name is Farhan Baig, and I am the President of the Gilgit-Baltistan's Goodwill Movement, a charity organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities in the picturesque region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite being visually impaired, I have embraced my passion for radio and work as a Radio DJ, using my voice to entertain, inform, and inspire others. Education has always been a crucial aspect of my life, and I am proud to have completed my Masters in Political Science from the prestigious Karakoram University in Gilgit. This academic achievement has provided me with a solid understanding of political systems, governance, and policies, empowering me to make a positive impact on my community. As the President of the Gilgit-Baltistan's Goodwill Movement, my primary goal is to uplift the lives of individuals with disabilities in the region. Through our charity initiatives, we strive to promote inclusivity, equal opportunities, and empowerment for those who face physical or mental challenges. By organizing events, workshops, and awareness campaigns, we aim to create a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential. Personally, my journey as a visually impaired individual has allowed me to develop resilience, determination, and a unique perspective on life. I firmly believe that disabilities should never be seen as limitations but rather as opportunities for growth, innovation, and advocacy. By sharing my story and experiences, I aspire to inspire others to embrace their own capabilities and overcome any obstacles they may encounter. In addition to my work with the charity organization and my role as a Radio DJ, I actively engage in community activities. I participate in public speaking events, where I address important issues related to disability rights, social equality, and education. Through these platforms, I strive to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, and foster a more inclusive society. My ultimate vision is to create a world where individuals with disabilities are fully integrated into society, where their rights are respected, and where their voices are heard. By combining my academic knowledge, my passion for radio, and my dedication to advocacy, I aim to make a lasting impact and improve the lives of people with disabilities in Gilgit-Baltistan. I am grateful for the opportunities and support that have shaped my journey thus far, and I remain committed to my mission of promoting goodwill, equality, and empowerment for all.

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