Sister Zeph is an activist from Gujranwala, she primarily advocates for girls education and women empowerment. She is the Founder of Zephaniah Free Education, Zephaniah Women’s Education and Empowerment Foundation. Her journey began in 1997 when she was 13 years old and her teacher beat her in front of class. That is when she promised herself that she will never go to a school again and instead started her own school in her courtyard. Sister Zeph went door to door to ask families to send their daughters to her school. Over the years she has been responsible for the education of hundreds of young girls and has empowered many women through formal education and skills trainings. She does this as a volunteer, all services are provided free of charge.
Her school has taught over 500 girls with five projects which include:
The Women’s Learning Centre: It has twenty students and we work to teach stitching, embroidery and other soft skills.
Formal Education: We have two hundred students, and we teach formal education.
English language course: We have fifteen girls as students.
Computer Centre: We have ten students and train them to learn and use computers
Beauty Salon Training Centre: We have ten students – and train them up in beauty therapy and the art of running a salon.
Sister Zeph says, “
“MY PASSION IS TO EDUCATE AND EMPOWER EACH GIRL AND WOMEN IN PAKISTAN FOR WHICH I WILL KEEP WORKING UNTIL I HAVE A LAST BEAT IN MY HEART BECAUSE THESE ARE GIRLS WHO GIVE BIRTH TO OUR FUTURE THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO INVEST ON GIRLS , WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM EDUCATION AND EQUALITY BECAUSE THEY ARE FUTURE MAKERS. I AM DEVOTING MY LIFE TO TRANSFORM THE DARKNESS OF IGNORANCE INTO LIGHT OF LITERACY AND AWARENESS”
The Documentary ” Flight of the Falcons” which was made on sister Zeph’s life won Gold medal from 2016 New York Film Festival
Visit Sister Steph at: https://zephaniahfreeeducation.wordpress.com/home/about-sister-zeph/