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Sabbah Haji

Education & Children

Issue: Child Education


  • In Kashmir 3.2 percent villages have education facility at village level while the percentage is 11.1 in Jammu.
  • Doda, Poonch and Udhampur are the backward districts in terms of education in Jammu. In Kupwara and Pulwama districts the secondary education facility within the villages is zero percent.
  • Human Rights Watch (2006, 13) states that 640 educational buildings have been destroyed since the conflict began in the region.

What makes Sabbah a Real Hero?

It’s not easy reaching Breswana, a tiny piece of heaven in Jammu and Kashmir. A 10-hour drive from Jammu to Doda and then a five-hour trek across the mountains and you reach the village that houses Haji Public School set up by Sabbah Haji. In 2008 Sabbah quit the comfort of her content writing job in Bangalore to return to her ancestral village. The commerce graduate from Bishop Cotton, Bangalore, spent the next few months setting up Haji Public School. From two rooms of her father Saleem Haji's home in May 2009, HPS today has its own building and nearly 200 children on its rolls, besides two branches, in Parsholla and Shadiwan. Sabbah raises funds through social media sites and invites volunteers to teach at her school that has seen no dropouts in the past five years. In this terror prone part of Kashmir Sabbah is nurturing hope.

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