The Maktab Dream
When I picture a snapshot of Maktab in my head, I see some kids sitting under a tree with their lunch boxes chatting about their passions ranging from robotics to painting to physics to literature to entrepreneurship. They have different physical abilities but all love sports. They are actively involved in Maktab’s Community Initiative, teaching computer programming to the kids from the neighbourhood villages. There are kids painting in the fruit orchard, some children are working on some physics experiment in the science lab, two students are discussing a problem in number theory, some student is in the music room experimenting with the harmonium. There are three students who have a technology startup and are trying to convince their friends and family to invest in their amazing new company. There are some children lazily lounging about in the library browsing books. There is real camaraderie between the students. They understand that they are at a truly exceptional place. Fifty years later when they are grand parents, they will come back from all over the world to meet their closest friends and for a few moments to reminisce about the amazing years that they spent at Maktab. These grandparents are certainly still far from retiring; they are just taking a breather at Maktab, before they go off on their next journey to change the world for the better.
Teacher, Founder Maktab.