It is safe to say that so far, no other woman in Pakistan has done more to educate men, women, and children, and create better living, learning and earning environments for them than Dr Quratulain Bakhteari.
Thanks to GATE, Greater Awareness Through Education, a recently created non profit organization in Farmington Hills, MI , Dr Bakhteari will be the guest speaker on 27th October at the Farmington Hills Community Library on 12 Mile Road.
A change maker, impacting millions of lives for the better - now and for generations to come, Dr Bakhteari is nothing short of a miracle worker.
What else but a miracle does one call the following amazing changes she has brought about:
Setting up 2000 schools for girls where none existed, in Baluchistan, the least developed province in Pakistan, schools which enrolled 200, 000 girls in five years - an unbroken record in Pakistan.
Setting up the Institute for Development Studies and Practices in Baluchistan, which has already shown its female empowering quality through its fellows- half of whom are women. Women who despite having no prior education or experience in development--successfully design, implement and manage development projects ranging in size from $30,000 to $1.3 million US Dollars.
Apart from its Fellows, IDSP’s more than a thousand graduates from 6 different types of practice based courses are directly of indirectly making lives for themselves, their families and their communities and ultimately their country better.
Nearly a hundred of these graduates have been selected on merit for key national and international positions.
The effectiveness of the revolutionary learning methods of IDSP has resulted in the provincial government of Baluchistan giving her a gift/ leasing her of four acres of land to establish a university of community development. UNICEF has helped her establish child protection centers reaching out to 1600 street children with food, education and psychosocial support.
Some 50 community learning centers provide aimless young boys with skills which can help them learn skills to earn for themselves and be safe from the clutches of terrorist organizations.
She is also an integral part of the organization of home based workers in Pakistan, and also a Trustee for Network of Home Based Workers of South Asia.
These are just a few of the many amazing reasons for which Dr Bakhteari has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Skoll and Ashoka foundations both, have recognized and awarded her for her change making efforts leading to better, more contented peace generating lives for the millions of disadvantaged people in her country.
What has been said about Dr Bakhteari’s ISDP that “ all learning at ISDP is an organic process” can very well be said about Dr Bakhteari’s life as well.
It seems that every thing that ever happened in her life prepared her for the next step- ever upwards towards her role as the innovative social catalyst she was to become.
She borrows from a treasure of 30 years of experience as one of the best community organizers in Pakistan. Just as her mother had turned everything not so positive into positive so did Quratulain.
From the beginning her life has been guided by five major factors: being fearless, taking stand against injustices, sustained belief in people, living through pain with a smile, and always persevering against odds.
We have the honor of inviting her to meet all of us in Farmington Hills Library, Main Branch, as she tells her story of how she made the impossible possible on October 27, between 2-4pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers, youth, and parents to meet a social entrepreneur and have her answer any relevant questions.