Photographed & Styled by Ather Shahzad
Photographed & Styled by Ather Shahzad
To commemorate International Day of the Girl, Educate a Girl celebrated the completion of the education of 1000 vocational scholarships funded for deserving girls in Karachi to become journalists, as part of a project to educate and wire 1000 girls in 1000 cities (1 million girl project) and help them find jobs, sustainability and eventually be donors themselves. These thousand girls studied at Institute of Journalism, Indus University, Ziauddin University Media Studies, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, as well as included the Sindh Governor’s House’s staff’s children. Educate a Girl has also educated 250 deserving girls in Lagos, Nigeria and plans for 10 cities of Pakistan.
“We are very humbled and excited by this important milestone and especially by the impact,” said Educate a Girl President Tara Uzra Dawood. “3 girls have become news anchors, several girls have newspaper columns, some now work at TV channels and 8 girls have today funded the scholarship of other girls out of their first ever paycheck and Educate a Girl winner Jaweria Ali has funded two scholarships including Ghanwa Akram, our 1000th winner! We very much look forward to beginning this journey now to educate 1000 deserving girls in Lahore.”
This celebration which was hosted by Lincoln’s Corner, Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC) included training modules by sculptor Amin Gulgee, designer Deepak Perwani, news anchor Nadia Naqi, Imran Zakir [Bureau Chief (KHI), Pakistan International Press Agency], Social Development Professional Bilquis Rehman, grooming expert Khadija Chagani of Pivot Point, Honorary Consul General of Finland Sadia Khan, fashion journalist Zurain Imam, news anchor Sana Hashmi and news anchor Jaweria Ali.
“I’m a supporter, donor and trainer for Educate a Girl,” stated Deepak Perwani. “We are proud to be doing women empowerment. Come join us in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.”
The entire programme of educating the 1000 girls – including visually and hearing impaired girls – had included trainings also by Tehmina Khaled, Shanaz Ramzi, Khursheed Hyder, Iram Noor, Dr. Fouzia Khan, Swiss Consul General Emil Wyss, Russian Consul General Oleg N. Avdeev, British Deputy Head of Mission Gill Atkinson, English Professor Emeritus Dr. Ishrat Lindblad of Sweden, climate journalist Sarah Phillips of Australia (in partnership with the UNDP and the Australian High Commission), Northwestern University Professor and Chicago Tribune ace Finance Journalist Susan Chandler of the US (in partnership with the IBA Centre of Excellence in Journalism), as well as Alex Preston of the Guardian and BBC (in partnership with the British Council).
Trainings to date have been live, but since in some areas, girls schools are being blown up, and with a mindset to increase outreach and impact, the programme is transitioning to both a live and online combo model, and is also in talks to include artificial intelligence tutors.
Prominent donors to this award-winning cause include Mian Abdullah, Hassan Shehryar Yasin, Nadia Hussain Khan, Abrar Hasan, Maliha Bhimjee, Midas Safety, Himont Pharma, Zeenat Saeed Ahmed, Canada Pakistan Business Council, Moneeza Butt, Ronak Lakhani, Dr. Parveen Kanji, Neeshay Jaffer, Blue Sky Club, Danish Iqbal Alimohammad, Afsheen Teli Dada, Oxford University Press, Iara Lee & Cultures of Resistance, among others. Pakistan Fundraising Chair Nazneen Tariq Khan and Canadian Fundraising Chair Nilufer Mama, as well as Australian Ambassadors Ayesha Bux, Canadian Ambassadors Samir Dossal, Hassan Ahmed, Hina Beyg, Nadia Lakdawalla, UK Ambassadors Tanya Anand and Asma Khan, as well as US Ambassadors Rich Chen and Chris Edwards, played a critical role in reaching this goal.
Educate a Girl is a platform of Dawood Global Foundation which is audited by a global audit firm and is eligible for tax credit in Pakistan, the UK and US.
Some of the more noted alumni include award-winning journalists Fariha Fatima, Syeda Nazaan Jabeen, Simrah Siddiqui, Sabiha Taj as well as Stephanie Aloynius, Sobii Khan, Areej Tahir, Misbah Leghari, and Pirah Qazi.
When did you get married and how old were the two of you?
Khaled: We got married on September 17, 1994. I was 34 and Tehmina was 26.
Was your marriage an arranged one or not?
Khaled: Love all the way!
How and where did you meet?
Khaled: We met each other for the first time at Tehmina’s house. I had gone there to meet her parents for some work.
Tehmina: Our first encounter was quite filmy!
What made you two decide that you were perfect for each other?
Khaled: We were and are the best of friends. What could be a better reason to stick around!
One thing you remember about your wedding day?
Khaled: I could not make my Sehra stay on, no matter how much I struggled to do so.
Tehmina: What I remember is that my Gharara’s weight was probably in tons with all the intricate Zardozi work on it. I could hardly walk in it. It was heavier than my body weight at that time, which was just 40kg.
One thing you wish you could have added to the ceremony:
Khaled: I wish that my mom and dad would have been alive and could have been a part of it.
Tehmina: A jora from Bunto Kazmi and a jhoomar from Tapu Javeri.
What was the wedding night gift for the bride?
Tehmina: In Madras we call it a Poth….some might call it a mangal sutra.
Where did you have your honeymoon? Who decided on the place and why?
Khaled: It was Lahore and Dubai. We had a couple of days work there so we thought we might as well stick around for a few more days. After that we went to Dubai.
What was the one perfect moment of your honeymoon?
Tehmina: We thoroughly enjoyed going to the fort and the museum and of course having murgh cholas in Lahore. Going to a night club in Dubai in the Hyatt, where our names were displayed on LED screens to welcome us as newly wedded couple was a lot of fun. The band dedicated a song to us as well.
What was the most embarrassing moment during your honeymoon?
Khaled: I cannot recall any.
A favourite activity that the two of you enjoyed on your honeymoon?
Tehmina: Just talking and each other’s company.
What was the most shocking thing about him which you discovered on the honeymoon?
Tehmina: He likes to sleep in pitch dark.
What was the most shocking thing about her that you discovered on the honeymoon?
Khaled: She was nicer than I thought.
The one thing you would change if you had the chance about your honeymoon?
Who gives in first when you fight?
Khaled: I, me and myself alone… from the mouth of Khaled Anam!
Tehmina: Khaled of course.
What is your song?
Khaled: Tum bin jaon kahan ke duniya main aa ke…
Tehmina: Hou tamana aur kya jaaney tamana aap hain…
The first movie you saw as a couple? How did you like it?
Tehmina: Musafir (Indian). It was just fine.
The one relative or friend of your spouse whom you simply cannot tolerate and why?
Khaled: Very funny question which cannot be answered!
Tehmina: Just one? Well!
The one relative or friend of your spouse whose company you enjoy the most, and why?
Khaled: I enjoy all of them.
Tehmina: I particularly enjoy the younger generation…Khaled’s nieces and nephews.
Favorite activity as a couple now
Tehmina: We love traveling, watching movies, reading, gossiping and especially enjoy hot debates on politics and religion.
Which was the best time of your life? Before marriage? The honeymoon or now? Or still waiting? Other?
Khaled: The best time is now and there’s more to come.
Any special memories incidents you would like to share?
Tehmina: When both our sons came into our lives, they were just very special moments and the time period of their upbringing has been one which we both cherish always.
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