Chapter 14. Haleema and Fatima Meaning and purpose of story



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Chapter 14. Haleema and Fatima

Meaning and purpose of story: In this story, a new member of the family is born safely thanks to the hospitality of strangers and the skilled assistance of Fatima. Finally Fatima finds her place in the family. Haleema reconciles her relationship with Fatima. Fatima shows how persistent and special kindness led at last to Haleema’s gratitude, her apology and the restoration of their relationship.

The purpose of this story is to examine the changing roles of women.





Primary School Learning Objectives



1.

Learning about new roles for women in the family and the community.

2.

Understanding how caring and cooperation strengthen the family.

3.

Hope for the future.



Primary School Activities




Classroom

1. In the city, Fatima decided to learn to be a midwife. This will be very helpful to many mothers and babies. What other sorts of work or education might Fatima have learned that would also be useful?

2. While reading the story pick out all the ways that members of Jameela’s family help each other or show kindness to each other.

3. Talk with the children about the future. What worries do they have? What do the children hope for?


Schoolyard

1. Talk about girls going to school. Do some girls in your community find this difficult? If not, what about in other communities?
2. One way that Ahmed’s grandfather helps Ahmed to pass the time and keep away his worries, is to tell stories. Have the children practice telling stories at school to each other. It might be easier to use the characters in this story.

3. Haleema apologizes to Fatima for treating her badly. Is there someone at school to whom you need to apologize? Will you and the other person feel better after you apologize?




At home

1. Ask the children to tell the story of Haleema and Fatima to their family.

2. Ask the children to tell stories to their little brothers or sisters. This can be very enjoyable and helpful.


3. In this story, strangers help strangers and in doing so become friends. Ask the children if this has happened to someone in their family?


Community

1. Talk about the ways in which girls and women contribute to your community.

2. What would happen if, all over the country, people helped other people and then became friends?


3. Talk about cooperative projects that are occurring in your community that contribute to peace and reconstruction.



Middle School Learning Objectives



1.

Learning about new roles for women in the family and the community.

2.

Understanding how caring and cooperation strengthen the family.

3.

Hope for the future.


Middle School Activities




Classroom

1. In the city, Fatima decided to learn to be a midwife. This will be very helpful to many mothers and babies. What other sorts of work or education might Fatima have learned that would also be useful?
2. While reading the story pick out all the ways that members of Jameela’s family help each other or show kindness to each other.
3. Talk with the students about the future. What worries do they have? What do the students children hope for?


Schoolyard

1. Talk about girls going to school. Do some girls in your community find this difficult? If not, what about in other communities? What could be helpful in resolving this difficulty?
2. One way that Ahmed’s grandfather helps Ahmed to pass the time and keep away his worries, is to tell stories. Have the students practice telling stories to each other. Stories could be written into their journals.
3. Haleema apologizes to Fatima for treating her badly (reconciliation). Is there someone at school with whom you need to reconcile? Will you and the other person feel better after you reconcile?

At home


1. Ask the students to tell the story of Haleema and Fatima to their family.

2. Ask the students to tell stories to their little brothers or sisters. This can be very enjoyable and helpful.


3. In this story, strangers help strangers and in doing so become friends. Ask the students if this has happened to them or someone in their family?


Community

1. Talk about the ways in which girls and women contribute to your community.

2. What would happen if, all over the country, people helped other people and then became friends?


3. Talk about cooperative projects that are occurring in your community that contribute to peace and reconstruction.



Upper School Learning Objectives



1.

Learning about new roles for women in the family and the community.

2.

Understanding how caring and cooperation strengthen the family.

3.

Hope for the future.


Upper School Activities




Classroom

1. Discuss in class the changing roles of women in Afghan society. How do they compare to 30 years ago? How do these changing roles affect families, communities and the country?

2. Compare the relationships among the family members in the stories from the beginning to the end. How have they changed? How have they remained the same? What has driven the changes? What characteristics of the family have supported and made these changes possible?
3. Discuss with the class occupations in peace-building that are available or could be created in your community.


Schoolyard

1. Discuss how the changing roles of women affect the social interactions among females and between males and females. Traditional ways and modern attitudes differ in many ways. How do young people work out how to cope with these differences in a harmonious way?

2. The characteristics discussed in #2 above are also possible in a school community. How can the school community work together to create a caring, supportive and cooperative environment?

3. Some young women in your school might struggle traditional views and values at home while feeling the pull of changes in the community. Encourage discussions about these difficulties in small groups in the Place of Peace in your school. Work out with the students how best to offer support and compassion.


At home

1. Tell the story of Haleema and Fatima at home. Have the students discuss the changing roles of women with various members of their family. Discuss in class how attitudes, opinions and beliefs vary. How can these differences be accommodated in harmonious ways?

2. Discuss with the students how their attitudes and actions can create a difference both at home and in their community. Compassion, caring and cooperation create an environment where growth and peacefulness are possible.


3. Ask the students to discuss with their family, their hopes and dreams for the future.



Community

1. Explore how the changing roles of women are evident in your community. If these changes have heightened differences in opinions, attitudes and beliefs, how can the community begin to accept diversity and respect for individual choice?
2. Have the students write in their journal their thoughts, feelings attitudes and beliefs about the changing roles of women in Afghan society. What fears, worries, resentments, hopes, dreams and possibilities does this awaken?








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