There are people who run away from responsibilities then there are also those who move forward trampling the difficulties and setting examples for others. A resident of Upper Kurram district in tribal areas, Gulzar Hussain is such an inspiring man and a beacon of light who sets the bar high for living a challenging life with honor and respect, no matter how much the going gets tough.
Gulzar Hussain lost his both legs and a hand in a landmine blast while he was student of grade one in 1999. However, the disability could not impede his path for acquiring education and propagating it.
The 28-year-old has always tried to act normal. He had to travel on a donkey’s back to reach his school to receive early education. He is a master in Islamic Studies now and he has also completed Primary Teaching Certificate (PTC) course. He had been teaching impoverished students at a local government primary school for Rs6,000 a month, then came merger of tribal districts with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and he was left empty-handed.
The villagers respect and admire Hussain for teaching the kids despite challenging conditions.
Father of a student, Mohammad Rashid has appealed to the government to appoint the special teacher on a permanent post as he fulfilled all the requirements to do this job.
“Gulzar Hussain is an educated person and he did not lose courage despite adverse circumstances,” he said.