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Home Schooling Can rescue girls in My Country

We have a saying, “women are half the community”. What does it mean? Is it applicable? The Woman is half of the community because she is the one who gives birth, the one who looks after her house, the one who manages the family, which is the core of every community. A healthy, educated, well established family is the basic rock for any community structure. Unfortunately, this saying is not always applicable in my community. Weather in the city where I live at the moment, or where I grew up ever since the war in 2003. Girls in Iraq, especially in the villages still lack the access to education, and by education I don’t only mean text books, but also facilities of good teachers, good schools, they lack awareness , and so many other educative activities that can make them good mothers, teachers, or leaders in the future.
War and traditions have the biggest share in the story. According to one of the UNICEF attempts to rescue girls in Iraq, a report has released information regarding the obstacles facing girls’ education in Iraq. Families stopped sending their girls to school favoring their safety to education. If I was a mother and I knew someone was out there waiting for kidnap my daughter, and perhaps rape her or kill her for money, I would rather keep her home than risk her life. Other families stopped their daughters from going to school as their traditions say “Girls do not need to continue their schools, as they belong to house “, disregarding the fact that an uneducated mother, raises uneducated children, which will result in an uneducated community!

It is a great challenge to overcome any of the factors, whether war or tradition as they both have deep roots and endless complications. We cannot provide security over a night and we cannot disregard years of old traditions in one night as well. So many girls especially in the rural areas, where low services and security are provided, and where family traditions are so restricted, are not attending their schools, and in most cases they get married at a young age to their cousins who they have only seen at family visits. As a result, the girls’ education remains unfinished, or nonexistent. They get married at a very young age which gives them a huge responsibility to handle at an early age. They get pregnant at an early age, which may risk their lives, and they become nothing but a source of sex and food for the man.

I believe Arab women generally, and more particularly Iraqi ones are smart. Not because I am Iraqi, but I know what my country have been through, yet, Iraqi women were the ones who sacrifice their youth, beauty, and time to raise better children, face the siege that was imposed on the country for thirty years, with great courage and they manage to survive and support their families. Which is why, I have a great faith in the Iraqi girls to establish a better community that reject racism, sectarianism, and terrorism, IF they were given the opportunity. I personally was blessed to have a family that values education and they risked their lives so I can get a degree, yet, so many girls do not have families like mine and they need to be rescued. Home schooling and providing girls some education at home can be a great solution for those girls. An old African proverb, “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation”. I want my nation to be educated and that’s my vision.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

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Aminah's picture

It is a vicious cycle.

Wanting to protect girls hence keeping them home without sending to school.
And you have very rightly pointed out that that creates uneducated mothers, uneducated children in the family and uneducated communities. If the mother is educated she is in a better position to help her children in studies and to build a better community.

Keep raising your voice and your nation will prosper.



shahd's picture


Yes Aminah,

since we cannot provide security and take the responsibility of sending girls away, and we cannot overcome some girls family tradition, we can make some sort of campaigns to assist women in their education at home, which will prove that it is never too late for those who missed and it is never impossible for those who cant do it. Thanks for your support darling

Katharina's picture


I really enjoyed reading your post. You are pointing your finger at an extremely important issue (girls education and what happens not only to them, but the wider community, if they don't get educated) and I'm glad that you decided to write about it here on World Pulse. Looking very much forward to reading more from you!

Isabel Siegel Griffith's picture


Dear Shahd,

I also enjoyed very much reading your post. I believe that having access to education is the key to solving many of the issues we face in the world today. You pointed out in your entry that when we work towards educating girls and women we are educating a broader community that will benefit from having a strong core. This is such an important point to make as the lack of access to education for women and girls affect us all. Education is the solution and we have to make sure our voices are heard to further this cause.

Thank you so much for sharing your story!!!

Warm regards,


shahd's picture


dear Isabel,

Appreciate your comment and encouragement. You have no idea how strong I feel when people pay attention to details in my writings

Thanks again and look forward more cooperation or World Pulse :)



shahd's picture

Dear Katharina, Thanks for

Dear Katharina,

Thanks for your support hun

what better community can we can when all mothers have a high level of awareness and education. I know that one day, our message will be true and our effect will reach generations.


kpisinski's picture

Our future

That was an inspiring article you wrote. I agree that you must think outside the box to find solutions to this terrible ongoing problem. I also support homeschooling. It is possible that by assisting with a homeschool movement we could circumvent some of the cultural issues, educate mothers by providing the materials to educate the girls and children, and educate the children too.

I truly look forward to seeing you address this forward thinking approach in your writings and in your work! Best of luck to you,


shahd's picture

cant wait


You have no idea how encouraging your comment was. Thanks you so much I personally cant wait to meet you and other women in person someday so we can gather as much ideas and apply them where applicable



Diane Ezeji's picture

A strong voice

Is it safe for boys walking to school? What if a bus could safely take the children from their home to the school? But I guess there is not money for that. How would families get the materials to study? If the mother is uneducated, it seems she would be trying to educate herself and her daughter at the same moment. How many families have access to the internet? I wish you and your fellow Arabic sisters strength and perseverance as you try to make changes for the better.

Diane Ezeji

shahd's picture

Dear Diane, Thanks for the

Dear Diane,

Thanks for the great questions. we ask ourselves the same questions everyday. Unfortunately circumstances are all linked to one another. even if there is money, then a bus that will take the students from their homes to schools, can be bombed on the way like so many similar incidents occurred in the past. Yes, they are way less today, Yet they could happen anytime again. Internet access is unfortunately limited to the city. I believe it is an area where we can work on and succeed, yet, we need more support and cooperation



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