Agate Nesaule writes, “we have to believe that even the briefest of human connections can heal, otherwise life is unbearable”. Six years ago, we started out as coffee table ideas-turned-experiments about quality education and an empathic society. Spanning these six years we advocated for the value of questions, of open-ended answers, sitting with uncertainty, and being open to making mistakes. Now, it is time for us to practice what we preach.
Effective March 15th, Rabtt as an organisation has gone into hibernation. Simply put, full-time operations will be on hold while our team pursues higher education and gains more professional experience; some training/research projects will continue. We don’t know what shape or form we will return in, or when. But we are leaving behind everything we have learned, all our failures and our triumphs, in a Blue Book–which is available online on our website, at no cost. We urge you to read it, use it, refine it.
Life is much longer than we imagine it to be. And there is time–time to put things to rest, to pick up where we left off, and to start anew. A dear friend once told me that any outcome is simply different; not better or worse, just different. I am moved by the grace with which our team, our Fellows, our Students, and our partners have helped us through this time. We have laughed about it and mourned it in equal measure. Without this kind of love, says Khalil Gibran, we would pass into a “seasonless world where you shall laugh but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears”.
Tooba Fatima served with Rabtt as Director Academics & Assessment for over 4 years. She is graduate of Forman Christian College (Magna Cum Laude – High Honours), with double majors in Psychology and English Literature. Currently she is in Boston on a Fulbright Scholarship completing her masters degree. She was awarded the GATHER Fellowship for the year 2015-16. Above all, Tooba is an avid writer, and loves to read.