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Peshawar is known for its rich and old cultural, historical, and academic background. It has the oldest Buddhist University on the site of the University of Peshawar in 2500 BC (approx). Peshawar was once known as a hub of academia, having libraries in every corner.
The people of Peshawar, besides being very friendly, were and still are known as liberal intellectuals and avid readers. Among a few families of academic renown from minorities, hailing from Peshawar, Edwin family provided exemplary services in the field of education.
The oldest family of educationists
Late Mr. and Mrs. Edwin (seniors) were educationists who were affiliated with the federal government colleges and Elizabeth Girls High School. It was the first school for females (1905) in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Edwins, thus, have the honor of being among the pioneers of female education in K-P. Hundreds of students and their families remember them for their sterling character and intellectual profundity.
Their son, Prof. A. Edwin did Masters in English from the University of Peshawar. He did his specialization in proficiency tests from Leeds University, UK, and Oregon State University, US. Later, A. Edwin served in different educational institutions in Pakistan and abroad.
A. Edwin cleared the PCS examination. He then decided to join Government College Peshawar as a lecturer in English. Later, A. Edwin joined Edwardes College and retired as Chairman of the English Department.
His wife, Mrs. R. Edwin has been serving in Elizabeth Girls High School and Edwardes College School (Wing-II) for the past over 30 years as Section Head and Vice-Principal. They have one son and two daughters.
The eldest is Dr. Cedric Aimal Edwin. He completed early education from Saint Mary’s School and Edwardes College. He then went on to do his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, UK. Dr. Cedric Aimal Edwin came back and joined Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI).. He served there as Assistant Professor and Head of Technology Incubation Center for four years.
He, then, joined the K-P Impact Challenge (KPIC) – a project of LUMS and K-P government. Currently, Dr. Cedric Aimal Edwin is working as Chairman of the Department of Management Sciences at a private university in Peshawar.
He mentors and coaches managers, directors, entrepreneurs, and government officers to improve their work productivity. He has helped over 300 youngsters to develop and launch their innovative business ideas.
The two Edwin daughters are both alumnae of Peshawar Convent. The elder, Myra cleared the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) examination. She then decided to serve her alma mater Edwardes College. Myra worked there for seven years as a lecturer in English. She was also the first Christian to qualify competitive exams in K-P. She is, currently, a civil servant, working as Provincial Management Services (PMS) Officer in the K-P government. Myra is also pursuing her Ph.D. in English Literature. Besides, she volunteers in works of humanitarian nature under the banner of “Giving Back to Pakistan”.
The youngest, Yamima, is a gold medalist. She did MPhil in English Literature from Forman Christian College, Lahore. She is now working as a lecturer in English at one of the top-ranked institutes in Pakistan.
Edwin’s family’s dedication to their profession and love for Pakistan has led them to produce honest and qualified civil servants, army officers, doctors, and engineers, etc. Their services in the field of education are unique.
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