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Lucky few study beyond high school

02/09/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

Once they complete their Matriculation exams, most of the children in Maimoona’s school, especially the boys, have to find work.

The real face of Pakistan

01/25/2012 | Rina Saeed Khan

A man walks by a cinema signboard being painted for a Pakistani film in Lahore - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

Rina Saeed Khan discusses the state of Pakistan from the inside – from the Taliban and ‘Halal’ police to café culture and boy bands.

People hope for change as elections approach

01/20/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Maimoona teaching her class - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

We are not as politically aware, we mostly watch Pakistan state TV and there is not too much news on this channel. But even though the people are not following the news avidly, there is uncertainty in the air. And people do want change now.

School’s irrigation is fighting hepatitis

01/11/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Constructed wetland for bioremediation - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

The stagnant pool of water would last for days and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It was especially hazardous for the younger children and older guardians who came to drop and pick up the children. There had been instances when they would fall into the dirty water.

Boarding over the holidays

12/21/2011 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Students outside of their classroom at the Mohripur Government Primary School - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

On December 25 we plan to celebrate Quaid-e-azam day. It means “father of the nation” and commemorates the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of our country. We don’t celebrate Christmas, but we do teach the children the importance of international events and special days.

“An educated child can change a family’s destiny”

12/16/2011 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Maimoona teaching Class X - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

Maimoona wants to see Pakistani literacy rates to go up and to do this the government needs to encourage more female teachers to enter this profession at the primary level.

Celebrating International Mountains Day

12/11/2011 | Siobhan Warrington

Caring for flocks in the high pastures above Shimshal village, July 2000 - David Butz | Panos London

It is nine years since the International Year of Mountains (2002) when Panos London launched the Mountain Voices website, an online archive of testimonies from some 300 men and women living in mountain communities from 10 countries.

Maimoona, teaching rural children in Pakistan

11/14/2011 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Maimoona outside her class in Taxila - Maimoona Shahzadi | Panos London

Maimoona reflects on returning to her old school and supporting vulnerable children to lead the best lives they can.

Our new blogger from Pakistan

11/07/2011 | Panos London

Maimoon at her school in rural Pakistan | Panos London

Panos London would like to introduce Maimoona Shahzadi as the newest contributor to our Voices from the Ground blog. Maimoona, 28, is a teacher at a co-educational secondary school in a village around 40km outside Islamabad in Pakistan.

Food price hikes lead to more hunger in cities

10/12/2011 | Panos London

Inside a Kampala Slum

In response to recent reports on food security and concerns about famine, Panos London today launched a new case study series, Hungry in the City, which investigates the effects of food price hikes and rising inflation on people’s ability to find food for themselves and their families.

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