Posted on May 15, 2016 by beenasarwar
My piece about the TCF fundraiser in Boston last weekend, published in The News on Sunday, May 15, 2016
Adil Najam, Nargis Mavalvala, Ateed Riaz at the speakers table. Photo: Beena Sarwar
Pitching in for education in Pakistan from Boston and beyond
“The Citizens’ Foundation is doing an amazing job, and I’m honoured to be here,” said Nergis Mavalvala, giving the keynote address at the sold-out Third Annual The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) Boston Fundraiser on Saturday, 7 May, 2016.
Propelled to celebrity status by her role in the recent breakthrough on gravitational waves predicted by Einstein, the Pakistani-American astrophysicist at MIT added, “TCF is fantastic – give generously”. Continue reading
Filed under: Education, Uncategorized | Tagged: Adil Najam, Ateed Riaz, class barriers, co-education, Dover Rug, Education, Gender, Human rights, IBA, Nergis Mavalvala, Pakistan, peshawar, Shujat Ali Khan, tcf, women | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 27, 2014 by beenasarwar
Calling all filmmakers: video contest organized by the Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education: Produce and submit 8-minute videos on the theme: “Pakistan: How To Make A Better Future?” Details at this link (text below). Also check out these 8-min videos – impressive compilation.
The competition seeks to raise awareness and encourage activism on important social issues, and encourage the use of new media in Pakistan.
Submissions for 2014 may deal with any of the following:
- Citizenship: What are the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of Pakistan?
- Minority Rights: Issues of Pakistan’s religious and ethnic minorities.
- Terrorism: Why is Pakistan afflicted and what’s to be done?
Filed under: Media | Tagged: call for entries, Education, eqbal ahmad, film, Pakistan, Peace | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 4, 2014 by beenasarwar
A trailblazer, Anita Ghulam Ali’s courage and biting wit will remain an inspiration
Here’s the article I wrote on Anita Ghulam Ali for The News on Sunday: A legend passes on (Aug 17, 2014); also see Zubeida Dossal’s article about her, shared by Zubeida Mustafa. Here’s the link to her interview in Dawn, 2012.
She leaves a void that will be hard to fill, but her legacy will live on through the institutions she was associated with, and the people she mentored over the decades, particularly in the field of education. Although Anita Ghulam Ali had no children of her own, many of these individuals were as dear to her as if they were her own. She took a keen interest in their work and personal wellbeing, in the most non-interfering way, encouraging, questioning, supporting, and motivating. She would ask affectionately, with genuine concern, after their children and grandchildren, whom she’d seen grow from babies to “young ladies” or gentlemen, as she would put it. Continue reading
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Posted on November 13, 2013 by beenasarwar
There are many positive initiatives taking place in the field of education in Pakistan, but The Citizens Foundation is the largest and most visible, and probably also the most professionally run. Even if you drop in on a school without prior notice, you’ll find the same quality and care. Concerned citizens (not just Pakistanis) got together recently in Boston to form a chapter to support TCF. Yasmin’s experience that I’ve written about (below, published in The News and in TOI blogs) echoes my own, many years ago when I visited a TCF school. Scroll right down for an inspiring short video interview of a TCF graduate. More success stories here. Update: Harvard Pakistan Student Group is starting a summer internship programme with TCF, starting Summer 2014 (will update with details as soon as they’re finalised). Continue reading
Filed under: Education | Tagged: Abdullah Jafari, Education, IBA, Pakistan, tcf, Yasmin Causer | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 11, 2013 by beenasarwar
Malala Yousufzai’s conviction and sincerity shines as she speaks, even as the after-effects of the attack on her are still evident in the slight disfigurement of her facial muscles. And the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee recently speechless even the satirical TV host Jon Stewart when she talked about her thoughts about the Taliban. Asked when she first learnt she was a target of the Taliban, she says it was through a visitor who told her to put her name in Google search.
“I just could not believe it, I said no, it’s not true,” she said. “We thought the Taliban were not that much cruel that they would kill a child – I was 14 at the time.” She was initially more afraid for her father but when she began thinking about it, she thought that if attacked she would hit the Talib with her shoe – a comment that raised a laugh. Continue reading
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Posted on June 11, 2013 by beenasarwar
I am proud of my old friend Ahsan Jamil for the work he is doing in Karachi, and delighted to have introduced him to another old friend Babette Niemel, who was inspired to write the following article about Aman Foundation, published in The News on Sunday, on March 10, 2013.
A Dutch journalist records her impressions of how Aman Foundation is changing the lives of Karachi’s underserved people
I have met Ahsan Jamil several times during my frequent visits to Karachi over the years. A modest, lively, kind man and a close childhood friend of my friend Beena Sarwar; when I met him once again a little over a year ago, he was positively beaming.
Engaged and committed: Aman Foundation CEO Ahsan Jamil and Manager Command and Control Center in discussion.
It was a cool summer evening in Karachi and we were out on the porch at Beena’s house. Ahsan was inviting her to come and checkout the new work he was doing. He could give us a tour of the facility, he said, extending the invitation to me as well. Continue reading
Filed under: Education, Health, Pakistan | Tagged: Ahsan Jamil, Aman Foundation, Education, emergency care, health, Pakistan, philanthropy | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 1, 2013 by beenasarwar
Swat, 2009: A reminder of the Taliban’s brand of ‘justice’ – public floggings were the least of their punishments. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency
Keen to ‘negotiate’ with the Taliban in Pakistan? Really? First read Nazish Brohi’s oped in Dawn, reproduced below.
Failure of the war
By Nazish Brohi
IT is ‘APC’ season again. Karachi residents associate the acronym with armoured personnel carriers that contain and occasionally protect besieged policemen.
The political APCs on the other hand contain besieged politicians who are hoping for occasional protection. Take it from the Lyari cops in Karachi — if you underplay what you are up against, APCs don’t work. Continue reading
Filed under: 'War on terror' | Tagged: democracy, Education, Pakistan, talking with taliban, women | 1 Comment »