Daily Archives: April 24, 2008

last night’s performance was grand

i think i might have known her
way back then, when she
goes by the name of honney rose
in another language, another tongue
if you’ll believe the neighbours,
who never tire of calling
attention to the fact that
you and some guy had set her up
in collusion with each other and her
selfless attendant.

i was there the day you told her
not to be herself that night,
and how she’d better
wisen up to the fact that
accommodation was the only
honourable option open to her.

i was there, but you do not hear me.
she was there, and she did.

minos – april 2008

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PAKISTAN: 6 million children out of school

“Over six million children are out of school in Pakistan. This puts Pakistan as the country with the third highest number of out-of-school children in the world, according to UNESCO‘s EFA Global Report 2008. Less than 60% of the total adult population in Pakistan, along with India and Bangladesh, can read and write with understanding.

There are many factors that hamper quality education in Pakistan, including crowded classrooms, poor school infrastructure, inadequate learning environments, shortage of teachers and even greater shortage of trained teachers. On a more positive note, the report finds that Pakistan is among 36 countries where the survival rate (not enrolment rate) of girls to the last grade of primary school is higher than boys.”

Full story here.

Picture above by Raza Rumi

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