A Rohingya Muslim girl living in India, Tasmida becomes the first ever to give class 1oth board examination, she is currently studying at the National Institute of Open Schooling in Delhi. Her story is indeed inspiring for others. After leaving Myanmar in 2002, Tasmida’s family with 50 other families came to India from Bangladesh in the year 2012 and started living in a slum in Kalindi Kunj. She is waiting for her board exams results which is likely to come out on June 9.
She said, “In Myanmar, Rohingyas are not allowed to study beyond Class X. Authorities withhold Class X results for us. Government or private jobs are out of question”. As per Ministry of Home Affairs, about 40, 000 Rohingya Muslims are living in India as refugees. Initially, she took admission at a study centre located in Kanchan Kunj. Later when she informed her parents that she want to attend junior school at Bosco Refugee Assistance Project in Jangpura, her family did not agree to it. Tasmida elder brother Mohammad Salim said, “In our culture, women do not venture out. My father and I objected to my sister’s wishes”. But she got support from her another brother, who is an activist and promotes women’s education among Rohingyas in India.
Her family did not want her to go alone to the school, therefore, three other girls living in their locality also took admission in the school with her. Currently, as many as 14 Rohingya children are studying at the National Institute of Open Schooling. A 14-year-old Mizan who is one the three children who enrolled in the school with Tasmida has also encouraged her mother to take up the literary classes.
On achieving this feat, 19-year-old Tasmida said, “I want to be a doctor because no doctor tended to the Rohingyas back home. I will not get married till I become a doctor”.
(Source: The Indian Express)