Shepherd to Teacher: The story of one girl who took a risk
In the far north of Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan’s remote Wakhan Corridor, is the village of Garhill. In Garhill, like other villages in the region, most of the men and women are uneducated. A majority of the village’s inhabitants work as shepherds.
The older generation particularly sees no need for schooling. Why worry about literacy and arithmetic when you spend most of your time tending sheep, goats, and yaks? Education would be a waste, especially for girls, they say. But one man saw it differently. He saw the great important of girls’ education.
Having worked as a policeman at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border for over 30 years, Aziz Begum had traveled outside of his home village and seen more of Pakistan than most people in his hometown. He was open to the idea of education, even for his daughter Gulnar.
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Girls’ Education – The Unstoppable Revolution
In a conservative village in eastern Afghanistan’s Laghman province, 30 women have gathered for their fourth day of class. They are participants in a CAI-sponsored literacy program.
Marzia, who is 30 years old, sits quietly at the back of a makeshift mudbrick classroom. She adjusts her blue burqa to sit more comfortably as she thinks about how to answer the question, why is education so important for women?
“We are a group of poor farmers,” she says through a translator. “We don’t have our own house; we don’t have electricity; we don’t have security. But now we have education.”
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Journey of Hope chronicles the stories of people around the world who are picking up pencils, paintbrushes, books, and microphones in favor of girls’ education. This is our chance to tell their stories and to let their voices reverberate in the hearts and minds of anyone who thinks education, and especially girls’ education, is the surest path to lasting peace. Read our digital copy or request a magazine be mailed right to your house. If you’re inspired or moved to do something, share the stories with friends and family or donate to the cause. Now is your chance to join the unstoppable revolution.