Pablo Picasso said, “You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than the strongest of men. We can permit ourselves some liberties, but in details only.”
Muzaffarabad, AJK was reduced to the debris in the devastating earthquake in 2005. There exists almost no such household which did not witness any death in their family. If nature asserted its power, it was the utmost power of human nature to rise from the ashes and rebuilt their future. Both the people of AJK and volunteers from across Pakistan helped in the humanitarian rehabilitation. A decade later, AJK still boasts 87.70 education score as per SDPI 2017 report. My recent visit to the area reminded me of the paradox that we might think that nature is above us but we, as humans, are also nonetheless a part of nature.
Raheel Tajuddin Lakhani is an educational design professional and a self-taught photographer. He has published in two coffee-table books and participated in local and international group exhibitions. He is a recipient of High Honors in Master of Education from The Aga Khan University. He was selected as a digital innovator in an academic scholarship program ‘Social Innovation in Digital Context’ (MA, Technology and Social Change) at Lund University funded by Swedish Institute, where through the initiative “Chirag’an” he explored the development of a digital storytelling approach for promotion of creative and pluralistic expression in Pakistani context. His interests include eLearning pedagogy, learner’s autonomy, freedom of expression and pluralism, visual/textual narratives and digital collaborations.