Peshawar’s Sikh school with Muslim staff is a ray of hope amid suffocating reloigious intolernace

. The school’s building is too small to accommodate all the students, so, the provincial government decided to allocate Rs. 20 million for construction.

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A model Sikh school in the city of Peshawar is the epitome of inter-religious unity in KP (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa). The school is located near Mohalla Jogan Shah Neighborhood in Peshawar. It is first of its nature in the historic city.

The school’s principal, as well as the other staff members, are Muslims. This comprehensive approach is the foundation of ‘Rising Hope School’, due to the high level of trust between the Muslims and Sikhs in this area.

Bilal Ahmad, a 50-year-old, and watchman by profession, welcomes the students with positivity while having chats with them. As per him, he earns comfort and solace by guarding and protecting the children. Back in 2014 when the school was established, there were security issues in the city, but despite knowing all that, Ahmad didn’t get demotivated.

“I am here to protect the beacon of education and kids from any barbarism,” – he said, briefly stating that the school represents “the true Pakistan”, where students of distinct faiths and backgrounds come to learn.

By keeping them safe, he says that he is safeguarding the nation.

The Rising Hope:

Sikh Community elders are with Chief Minister adviser for education Zia Ullah Bangasha and Special Assistant for Information Technology Kamran Khan, 15 November 2019. (AN)

The Rising Hope is the only Sikh community-based school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A total of 300 Sikh and Muslim pupils study up to the 8th grade. The school’s building is too small to accommodate all the students, so, the provincial government has decided to allocate Rs. 20 million for construction.

On 15th November, at the inauguration of Baba Guru Nanak School of Steam, a computer academy at the university, Zia Ullah Bangash, adviser on primary and secondary education to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), stated that the building construction will start soon, and plans are being made to expand it to the 10th grade.

He informed Kamran Khan Bangash, the chief minister on science and information technology, which an IT teacher has been provided by the government, furnished computer classrooms, and will handle all the expenses relating to running the IT classes.

“Our religion and constitution ensure the rights of minorities, and with this objective, we are providing equal opportunities to every citizen,” – Mr. Bangash said.

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