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Build it anyway:

Emerging thoughts on creating systemic change

Over the past 2–3 months, I’ve been nearly consumed with a very heavy question: are we doing enough at Amal Academy? Yes, our Career Prep Fellowship has helped over 90% of our fellows get quality jobs — increasing their family income by over 130% — but does the work we are doing fundamentally fix a problem in the education system (i.e. are we actually closing a gap or just building a bridge)?

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Wendy has a platform.

And I’m not sure the US education system is even possible to change, in the short term.

But has she changed the world? There is no doubt in my mind. (Paraphrased)

In response, Chris Anderson shared something similar:

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Jacqueline and Bavidra with the Acumen Fellows in Bombay

The question isn’t what problem do you want to solve, but how do you want to spend the next 40 years of your life.

Are you okay knowing that you won’t solve the problem, but, if you are successful, you are going to shift the needle in a meaningful way.

Or, in Jacqueline’s words, referencing Joannes Neper:

Perhaps we will not complete the work that we are here to do. That’s why it takes faith. That’s why it takes strength. That’s why it takes love.

Can the education system in Pakistan ever reach it’s full potential? I still believe that it can. Will Amal Academy be the one to do that? Fortunately, the answer is no: this will undoubtedly take a massive collaborative revolution, in which Amal can — lord willing — play a big role. In order to get there, however, we need to focus (for the time being) on building a platform that matters, that is self sustainable, and that can reach thousands of more people in our beloved community.

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“it is common to take a dog for a walk, it is less common to take a dream for a walk” || @amalacademy + @theunderstory cofounder | nature novel in progress

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