I was afraid going to school because the taleban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. Only 11 students attended the class out. The number decreased because of Taleban's edict. My three friends have shifted to peshawar, lahore and Rawalpindi with their families after this edict. On my way from school to home i heard a man saying 'i will kill you'. I hastened my pace and after a while i looked back if the man was still coming behind. But to my utter relief he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone. Cragside Primary School has been at the heart of the high heaton community for over 70 years.
Kindergarten diary : Antoinette portis
I felt bad on hearing this news. Before the launch vip of the military operation we all used to go to marghazar, fiza ghat and Kanju for picnics on Sundays. But now the situation is such that we have not been out on picnic for over a year and a half. We also used to go for a walk after dinner but now we are back home before sunset. Today i did some household chores, my homework and played with my brother. But my heart was beating fast - as I have to go to school assignment tomorrow. Saturday 3 january: i am afraid. I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the taleban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school.
Other girls in school were also wearing colourful dresses and the school presented a homely look. Swat has been a centre of militant activity. My friend came to me and said, 'for God's sake, answer me honestly, is our school going to be attacked by the taleban?' during the morning assembly we were told not to wear colourful clothes as the taleban would object. I came back from school and had tuition sessions after lunch. In the evening I switched on the tv and heard that curfew had been lifted from Shakardra after 15 days. I was happy to hear revelation that because our English teacher lived in the area and she might be coming to school now. Sunday 4 january: i have to go to school. Today is a holiday and I woke up late, around. I heard my father talking about another three bodies lying at Green Chowk (crossing).
We all are business very happy. Today we went to pir Baba mausoleum and there were lots of people there. People are here to pray while we are here for an excursion. There are shops selling bangles, ear rings, lockets and other artificial jewellery. I thought of buying something but nothing impressed reviews - my mother bought ear rings and bangles. Monday 5 january: do not wear colourful dresses. I was getting ready for school and about to wear my uniform when I remembered that our principal had told us not to wear uniforms - and come to school wearing normal clothes instead. So i decided to wear my favourite pink dress.
I switched on the tv in the evening and heard about the blasts in Lahore. I said to myself 'why do these blasts keep happening in pakistan?'. Wednesday 7 january: no firing or fear. I have come to bunair to spend Muharram (a muslim holiday) on vacation. I adore bunair because of its mountains and lush green fields. My swat is also very beautiful but there is no peace. But in Bunair there is peace and tranquillity. Neither is there any firing nor any fear.
Diary - english-French Dictionary
This time round, the girls were not too excited about vacations because they knew if the taleban implemented their edict they would not be able to come to school again. Some girls were optimistic that the schools would reopen in February but others said that their parents had decided to shift from Swat and go to other cities for the sake of their education. Since today was the last day of our school, we decided to play in the playground a bit longer. I am writers of the view that the school will one day reopen but while leaving I looked at the building as if I would not come here again. Friday 9 january: the maulana goes on leave? Today at school I told my friends about my trip to bunair.
They said that they were sick and tired of hearing the bunair story. We discussed the rumours about the death of maulana Shah dauran, who used to give speeches on fm radio. He was the one who announced the ban on girls attending school. Some girls said that he was dead but others disagreed. The rumours of his death are circulating because he did not deliver a speech the night before on fm radio. One girl said that he had gone on leave. Since there was no tuition on Friday, i played the whole afternoon.
The taleban have repeatedly targeted schools in Swat. Today is 15 January, the last day before the taleban's edict comes into effect, and my friend was discussing homework as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Today, i also read the diary written for the bbc (in Urdu) and published in the newspaper. My mother liked my pen name 'gul makai' and said to my father 'why not change her name to gul makai?' i also like the name because my real name means 'grief stricken'. My father said that some days ago someone brought the printout of this diary saying how wonderful it was.
My father said that he smiled but could not even say that it was written by his daughter. Wednesday 14 january: i may not go to school again. I was in a bad mood while going to school because winter vacations are starting from tomorrow. The principal announced the vacations but did not mention the date the school was to reopen. This was the first time this has happened. In the past the reopening date was always announced clearly. The principal did not inform us about the reason behind not announcing the school reopening, but my guess was that the taleban had announced a ban on girls' education from 15 January.
Bbc, news south Asia
Private schools in pakistan's troubled north-western Swat district have been ordered to close in a taleban edict banning girls' education. Militants seeking to impose their austere interpretation of Sharia law have destroyed about 150 writing schools in the past year. Five more were blown up despite a government pledge to safeguard education, it was reported on Monday. Here a seventh grade schoolgirl from Swat chronicles how the ban has affected her and her classmates. The diary first appeared on bbc urdu online. Thursday january 15: night filled with artillery fire. The night was filled with the noise of artillery fire and I woke up three times. But since there was no school I got up later at. Afterwards, my friend came over and we discussed our homework.
Apart from completing their homework, the children might do some sort of physical exercise and/or be fed, before their parent the arrives to take them home. To download worksheets for your child to do at home press here, bullying - bullying is an issue which thankfully most schools take more seriously than ten or twenty years ago. All schools should have in place a school "bullying policy" which states how the school and the teachers deal with incidents of bullying. Some primary schools now have "mentors" or "watchers" who are specially trained older childer, who keep a watch on the younger children at playtimes. The idea is to make sure that all the children are safe and happy when they are on the playground. Most primary schools now have a "school council" which operates to give the viewpoints of all the children in the school through specially elected representatives from each class. Again the issue of bullying is one which can discussed at this level. Walking Bus - the walking bus scheme has been sponsored by kia motors in the uk since june 2000 and has supported over 230 routes. For a free information pack please visit the walking Bus web site.
some form of homework for most children. At the lower end of the primary age range it might be basic reading practice at home, or finding out about a certain subject. Higher up the primary age range, homework will probably involve learning spellings and times tables for a test each week, or doing research on a certain topic. Most schools now provide their children with a homework diary so that the parents can be certain what homework their child has been given that week. Usually this is checked and signed by the class teacher. The parents should be informed at the beginning of the school year just how much time their child should be spending on their homework. Obviously if the homework is causing anxiety and stress it would be a good idea to clarify with the class teacher what it is your child should be doing and how long this should be taking him/her. More and more schools are starting homework clubs where the children can stay behind once normal school has finished.
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Diary of a pakistani schoolgirl
Introduction: Primary schools admit children from the ages of 5 through. Some primary schools are split up into Infant and Junior levels. These are usually separate schools on the same site. The infant age range (key stage 1) is from age 5. The junior literature age range (key stage 2) is from age 7. The year groups at primary School level are: year R (Reception) (age 4 5). Year 1 (age 5 - 6).