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Multifaceted Society and Education : Somewhat complicated !!

Why many children are compelled to stay far away from the beam of education? This is what Malala Yousafza; a gallant, creative, beautiful, talented 14 year Pakistani girl is fighting against.

Malala Yousafzai, born on 1998, is from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and northwestern Pakistan. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime had banned girls from attending school in early 2009. During that period, at the age of 11, Yousafzai came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC detailing her life under the Taliban regime, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. Later that year, the Pakistani military intervened, culminating in the expulsion of the Taliban from the Swat Valley. Yousafzai has since been nominated for several awards, and has won Pakistan's first National Peace Prize.

On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman while returning home on a school bus.Malala Yousafza, who dreamt a country where "education would prevail", has reminded me of a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, whose diary had created similar sensations worldwide. All those hardships she had to undergo hiding in her Secret Annexe always inspire me not to give up. Although Anne had a tragic end, our star Gul Makai (her pen name in the diary) is yet to rise. The way she has been advocating about women’s rights in such a young age, we can surely predict she can compensate the loss of Benejir Bhutto.

She is an amazing inspiration to me. Likewise, personally I am very much proud of my parents. As in the earlier assignment I had mentioned about my father's contribution, they both loved each other so much but still they decided to be far away just to be enriched with the beam of education. How important is it to us?

My mother now contributes half of the expenses of the family. And this is possible only through education. She has not only dissolved in the family but is an important part of it.

Similarly, another issue raising in my society is that now girls are educated to get a better man for her. Isn't it hilarious?
We are educated not to be independent but to find richer and educated men as they demand an educated and earning wives today.

Education and all its facets when observed with the social processes gets really complex. But still, I think things are changing. We need to have patience as well as courage to spark the change and observe aftermath.

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

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Sangita Thapa's picture

hilarious it is!

Yes Anshu, it is hilarious indeed that daughters are educated to fit the idol of best brides for the educated and rich husbands. And Malala Yousafzai is really an inspiration for girls. Thanks for the post. Keep sharing.

Katharina's picture

Excellent post!

I really enjoyed reading your post, Anshu! As Sangita wrote above, it was great that you emphasized Malala's story here again, but what I also liked a lot is how you linked it to your own family. And yes, you are right, it is hilarious to get the girls educated so that they can find educated and rich husbands. What a twisted world...
I'm looking forward to reading more from you!

ansupokharel's picture

Inspiring

Dear Sangita and Katharina,
Thank you for your wonderful comments. Unfortunately, it is the situation here and it needs to change.

I am not so gud but still I am improving my writing skills :)

Anisha Pokharel

dreams with the moon's picture

To all our relations

Thank you for sharing the beautiful stories of your idols!
You are so lucky to have your family as an encouraging environment- and I'm glad you do because that way you'll be able to rise and bring a hopeful message to other girls: just like YOUR heroines. Your story makes me very aware and really grateful for all those courageous women and girls that came before us and paved our ways!

All the best!

Jana

erinluhmann's picture

Thoughtful Reflections

Hi Anisha,

I appreciate your tribute to Malala Yousafzai and Anne Frank - well written! It's inspiring to see such young women pursue an education even when their environment makes it difficult to do so.

You may be interested in reading about some of the Courage in Journalism Awardees that the International Women's Media Foundation recognizes each year. These are female journalists from around the world, who pursue their love for reporting in oppressive societies. Here's a link to their stories: http://iwmf.org/honoring-courage/courage-and-lifetime-winners.aspx

In a future post, I would love to learn more about how women in your society are encouraged to pursue an education to attract a better husband. It sounds like you feel this is the wrong motivation for female education, but I would be curious to hear more about your experiences with this situation.

Looking forward to reading more of your writing!

Best,
Erin

ansupokharel's picture

Walking ahead

Hey Erin,
thank you so much.

Anne and Malala are indeed encouraging but I would like you to know about another character which i forgot to mention, her name is Jhamak ghimire from Nepal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jhamak_Ghimire

She would be inspiration to all.

And the relation between educating girls and marriage is really getting weirder.

Anisha Pokharel

CatherineSakala's picture

Making a difference

Thank you for sharing on young girls who made the world see education through their eyes. To me it says that anybody stubborn enough to safe guard what they value can make a difference and spark a whole revolution.

Catherine Sakala
Entomologist and Parasitologist- Zambia

edelgros's picture

Anisha, Thank-you so much for

Anisha,

Thank-you so much for sharing your feelings about Malala. It is so refreshing to hear about her from someone who has experienced the same things first hand. I'm so glad that she is healing and that she, yourself, and others continue to fight for your educational rights and your rights to independence despite facing such violence, both physical and otherwise.

Liz

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