By Dua Nouman from DG Khan Campus
By Zainab Fatima from Vehari Branch
Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, ME TOO Movement, Imparity, Differences and Discriminations, Equal Opportunities, Rights, Roles and Responsibilities. These might be some very fancy words for you all, while reading them here today, but let us just rethink today! The lines between what is feminine and what is masculine are drawn from birth. Little girls are wrapped in pink blankets and little boys in blue. Treating men and women as different is so natural & normal in today’s Global Culture. The question is, “Can different be equal?”
Yes people! It can definitely be forgotten! Women are usually considered a lower rank gender. The society doesn’t let them live a peaceful life according to their wishes. People start criticising them if they try to exercise their will and go against the norms of society.
On a global scale, achieving gender equality also requires eliminating harmful practices against women and girls, for example, sexual violence, embezzlement of property, and reduced education and employment opportunities. They are far less likely than men to be politically active and far more likely to become the victims of domestic violence.
Each gender works in its own appropriate sphere of action. In addition, praising and accepting them is our duty as fellow human beings.
Women and girls are not just daughters, mothers and wives, but they are also doctors, teachers, engineers, bankers, social workers, technicians, business owners and entrepreneurs. In some countries, they are also heading institutions, companies, families and even states. So women are in no way a lesser gender.
I hope mothers now start to teach their sons properly on how to respect a woman and fathers also show respect to all women in society regardless of family relationship, so their sons can also follow their example.
By Abeeha Ali Pirzada
Humans have been granted the ability to adapt and adjust in accordance to the changes in life. Now the whole world is under the grasp of an extraordinary change named ‘COVID-19.’ It is funny how lines marking boundaries of a country act like a sheltering roof from the rest of the world; however now these lines have become blurred.
On 17 November 2019, when the first novel Coronavirus case was confirmed in Wuhan, China it still seemed far away, even though Pakistan shared a border with China. Even when this virus started to pose a threat to the world powers, we-Pakistani students felt safe. Though the fear of it was undeniably set in our hearts, but still we did not realise that this disease had the potential of bringing a halt to the world.
The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Sindh on 26 February. Schools were closed on 13th March, O-level student’s CAIE’s dates were postponed, all economic activities slowed down all around the world, psychological issues increased, tourism declined and most importantly the tawaf of the ka’bah stopped.
Till 2019, it was almost impossible to bring into account the possibility of a pandemic which would change the way the world was functioning, although some like Bill Gates had given a warning 5-years prior to this outbreak.
A number of sectors were affected, but for the students, academia faced the biggest upheaval.
To adapt to the ‘new normal’ of the world, interactive classes were introduced through different platforms like Zoom, MS Teams and WebEx etc. This have proved very significant in highlighting a fact to the students that ‘ lock-down is not a holiday’.
The government has kept bookshops open, which have provided full opportunity to the students to continue with their studies. However, this is just the beginning; there is a lot more to do in order to adjust to this World’s ‘new normal’ since it is not an issue of weeks or months, its aftermath is going to be much longer and would create greater issues either by further decreasing the literacy rates or by increasing unemployment, that would result in more crimes.
At this point of time asking a question (‘what will happen after school starts?’) is just the first of hundreds of other questions: ‘ would one be reluctant in socialising after quarantining for such a long time?’ ‘Would one’s behaviour in school be the same as before?’ ‘Would hands be shook like before?’ ‘Would sitting arrangements be changed?’ ‘Would one feel comfortable when buying food from the canteen?’ All of this remains to be seen for in the future!
However, every cloud has a silver lining. Lock-down have given students a chance to catch up and improve their weak points in studies. They have also gained an exposure of how the whole world is functioning on the pillars of remote technology, which is even in use by the top-notch organisations around the world.
In this scenario, we can keep pushing ourselves and adapting, despite this extraordinary occurrence which has shaken the world! In the end, hard work will truly pay-off in the form of a brilliant result card or as Colin Powell puts it: “there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, & learning from failure.”
By Manahil Binte Rashid from Capital Campus Islamabad
“Hi! I would like to order a java chiller with a glazed donut.”
“Sir, it will be $2.99.”
As Mathew drove, I could smell the fragrance of the fresh, warm honey coated donut. The horns beeping, the cars zapping by and the squeaks of brakes revealed that it was a Monday morning.
I was about to doze off when the car parked and the abrupt stop in the motion, stirred me. We were here…. I could hear Mathew’s steps coming towards the backseat door. As Mathew opened the door, I could feel the chilly morning breeze of November brush my face.
It had been a while that I and Mathew walked, and the rhythm of his footsteps started to jostle. I knew that we were inside a building, as I felt the warmth of the heaters radiating heat at full blast. After all those security checks, I was shuffled into a damp yet noisy room.
Placing my fingers on the oddly satisfying Braille, I read RYAN on my name card. It was my first day of therapy session and I was frightened. My stomach made all sorts of gurgling sounds and the chiller gave me a runny nose. While I was shivering, something bumped into my ankle and as I bent down, I stumbled. I almost lost my balance, but someone helped me.
I felt delicate, smooth hands on my shoulder that lifted me back to my place. That feel of softness gave me a homey feel and I stopped shivering. I could hear people laughing, sneezing, talking, cluttering, and stammering, but among all this noise, there was a voice that I had never heard before! It was magical and joyful. That was it! I was struck by something powerful.
I could feel the Adeline rush. I kept on positioning my ear as a radar to detect where the voice came from and to whom it belonged. What was this feeling? I had never felt such a sensation. It was not just an ordinary voice. It was a voice that belonged to someone special. That someone without any effort had achieved a place in my heart, or maybe had taken over it.
“Thank you all for your visit, see you all tomorrow!” I couldn’t believe it! The session that seemed to take forever, had just ended in a blink. On my ride back to the villas, I felt incomplete. The sweet and delicate voice kept on ringing in my ears and I could hear it echo in my room.
Days went by and the words spoken by my perfect lady engraved not only in my mind, but also in my heart. Every day I woke up an extra thirty minutes early and tried to dress up the best I could. To stand out I used the perfume Nana sent me from Paris. I could perceive the colours that had been painted in my world. I didn’t want to ‘see’ my therapist, because she had already been painted the way I liked in my hidden canvas.
Sitting on those bare chairs and listening to her footsteps coming towards me, would give me butterflies. As she came nearer, I could sniff out the eau de toilette and the scent of delicate moisturizers. The pungent scent of evaporated alcohol showed that she wore nail paints of different colours every day. Was this love? This was an emotion that I had never experienced before.
This continued for about four months, but then suddenly she was gone! I didn’t hear her voice again! She must have been promoted, but still it upset me. I knew somewhere deep in my heart that a blind guy like me would be left alone pleading to be loved. She will always hold a special place in my heart and I couldn’t be more grateful to her, who had left a vibrant world for me to rewind again and again – wiping off the tears from my cheek.
By Emaan Qureshi from Gulshan Junior Campus, Karachi
Sometimes I sit and wonder
what other mysteries there are in the world
Like how dinosaurs went extinct
or why my hair cannot stay curled
Why do ships disappear near
the Triangle of Bermuda
And does it contain
the fish Barracuda
Why are pyramids triangles
and not squares
And why are the Sun and Moon
two little spheres
Why do our muscles
rot before our bones
or why nobody has invented
their own clones???
I know I am curious
but I think it is for a good cause
But what is the difference between ketchup
and pizza sauce??
By Hira Naz
According to the World Bank, COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 1.6 billion children and youth to be out of school in 161 countries. This constitutes 80% of the world’s enrolled students.
As the world was brought to a halt, education community was forced to face the inevitable fragility that challenged it.
The solution; Technological disruption. Almost in a blink of an eye, the entire world started exploring smart solutions for their business and education industry was no exception. Today, schools and universities are joining hands with technologies partner that can bridge the gap between students and teachers. Hence beginning a new era of education technology.
The City School Group has always been at the forefront of adapting and introducing innovative education solutions in Pakistan. The year 2020, is no exception in the regard. With a profound understanding of importance and challenges facing the educational system of Pakistan, TSC leadership strengthen its students by becoming the “first school network to be awarded Microsoft Schools’ Status”. This is a huge step forward in preparing the next generation of technologically savvy students. The City School Network School has begun to transform education through globally recognised technology partners.
The network is not only implementing technology in the classrooms, but is also molding its teaching methodology, lesson planning and assessment practice to fully embrace advent of technological era in education.
The City School Group, in its efforts to maintain excellence in education has also entered into a collaboration with Century Tech. This London-based technology firm will deploy its world-leading Artificial Intelligence learning tools to benefit all students aged 7 to 18 across The City Schools’ national network – helping over 60,000 students. The City School students will learn English, Science and Mathematics and deliver unparalleled learning experience by personalising learning for each student – tailoring its vast library of teacher-created learning materials to their individual strengths, weaknesses and behaviors. Not only this, CENTURY will automatically mark students providing teachers, students and their families with data insights on their progress and enabling teachers to focus on student interventions.
To further this initiative, The City School will also integrate GL Education’s Assessment to monitor children’s education, mental health and wellbeing. GL Education has invested 35 years of rigorous research and development to establish globally recognized assessment tools that allow educationists to identify areas of concern such as student dis-engagement or those at risk of underachievement. The data can be analysed at school level down to the individual student, allowing the early identification of appropriate interventions. This tool will not only prove vital in improving learning experience but also teaching methodologies.
In a nutshell, as the technological intervention overtakes education community, The City School group also gears up to prepare its citizens for the future. With this investment in education technology today, students will be able to hold jobs of tomorrow as we sculpt them with the aid of AI, virtual learning and more.
The City School network offers in-house German Language Course which students can avail at exclusive rates. These classes are available to students from Grades 9 and 10.
The purpose of opening the classes to students from these Grades, is that they can achieve the required language proficiency by the time they complete their A levels.
There are many benefits of learning a foreign language as it helps to improve memory, increase attention span and improve ability to multi-task, among other advantages.
Germany has No Tuition Fees for International Students:
For students, however one of the biggest advantage of being proficient in the German language is that they can use it to study and live in Germany. Germany is a very attractive education destination, as it offers free of cost study options.
11 out of the 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all for international students who have proficiency in German, while some states require a maximum of only 500€ per year. In addition, Germany has the top university education in a wide range of disciplines and all of its degrees are internationally recognized.
The limited to no tuition fees for international students is just the tip of the iceberg. Germany also has the most affordable cost of living in Europe, so students won’t feel cash strapped, if they decide to head towards this country for their higher education.
Moreover, the nation also makes it comfortable for international students to survive there in form of a wide range of work opportunities. International students are allowed to work for 120 full working days or 240 half working days in a year, in order to support themselves. Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour.
This is in sharp contrast to other countries where foreign students are not allowed to work depending on their visas, or don’t get paid well enough to support themselves.
Germany also provides substantial ease to international students when they have completed their studies. Foreign students are allowed to stay in the country, for 18 months after graduation, in the event that they are looking for a job or staying in Germany to look for a permanent job.
German Language- Path towards a Bright Future:
All these benefits of studying and living in Germany can only become available to Pakistani students, if they become proficient in the German language. Studying Germany right here in Pakistan at discounted rates from The City School, is the best option available to students from Classes 9 and 10.
This way they can acquire German language proficiency by the time they complete their A Levels, and are ready to go aboard for higher studies.
Besides offering foreign language proficiency in the form of teaching German language at exclusive rates, The City School also has highly trained career counselors, who help the students in applying and securing admission in the best German university of their choice.
Thus, in this way the students become well-equipped to pave the way for a bright future for themselves in Germany, through higher education and better career prospects.