All week I’ve been talking with students from around the globe.
Some of them have been sharing what school life is like for them via email and here’s what they had to say.
Sharjeel, in Pakistan, goes to the Islamabad Convent School, which is part of the BBC World Class twinning project.
Sharjeel, achieved 3 A’s in his exams this year. We are privileged that he found the time to share his school experience with us as he is taking an exam in statistics today – we wish him the best of luck.
Here’s what he wrote about his school life…
‘My school assembly starts at 7.40am and our classes start at 8.00am. We have five classes of one hour each day with a recess of thirty minutes after the third period.
I do have some concerns which may impede my studies but they are not as big as the ones faced by the children in rural areas.
Firstly, I have two younger brothers and both my parents are doing jobs. In their absence, I have to take care of my brothers and help them in their studies.
Secondly, I have taken part in many of the activities in and out of school, for example, I joined Tae kwon do classes but had to leave them to get extra time for studies.
Thirdly, our country faces crises of electricity. It hinders our studies since we cannot study in the dark.
Lastly, my biggest concern is the security and the problems due to it. I have this fear everyday when I am going to school… What if I don’t come back alive or something bad happens. I am referring to the bomb blasts and the terrorism on the move.’
Sharjeel, really wanted to join us on the show tonight but because of security reason we couldn’t ask him to go to the BBC studio in Islamabad.
Jahanara, who goes to Springdales School in News Delhi, e-mailed to share her daily rountine.
Her day starts at 6am.
Along with her co-curricular activities she has Head Girl duties. Recently, she has had to give up her dance classes to concentrate on her studies because she has important exams in March. She says that she misses them deeply but she is determined to get into a well reputed college in Delhi.
Her day finishes at 11:00pm. She says ‘I am in bed by this time waiting to start another hectic day’.
Jahanara, also wrote: ‘My school’s motto, “Vasudheva Kutumbakum” in Sanskrit means ‘the world is a family’, and says it all. As one of the only four Muslims in my grade, my religion has never been an obstacle. I’ve chosen to be respected than to seek cheap popularity, without compromising my principles. And in this delightful journey, my teachers have encouraged me to be, who I am.’
I also got an e-mail from Anita, who is a student at Brentside High School in London.
She said, I am in Year 9 at school, so I don’t get to chose my subjects yet.
For me, school starts at 8:45 every morning and I have 5 subjects, with a break and lunch.
I consider myself very lucky, to go to a school which I enjoy going to. I feel fortunate to have teachers who enjoy their job, explain things well and put fun into their teaching.
Also, I appreciate going to school in a modern newly built building with smart boards in every classroom and many ICT suites.
I’ll keep sharing these insights with you as I get more e-mails from the students that I have been talking to.