July 30, 2013

The Taliban is Not the Biggest Barrier to Education for Malala's Peers

Kevin Watkins | The Guardian | Last October, the Taliban thought they had solved a problem. When one of its gunmen shot a 15-year-old girl in the head for publicly opposing a ban on girls' schooling, it looked as though they had silenced a source of dissent. Instead, their intended victim has emerged a powerful voice for education. Speaking at the UN two weeks ago, Malala Yousafzai capitivated a global audience when she called on children worldwide to demand universal primary education and for governments to deliver free schooling.

"I raise up my voice so that those without a voice can be heard," she said. Her speech was a passionate call to action. But it was also a stark reminder of the failure of governments to deliver on their promise to get all of the world's children into school by 2015. And no government has failed more comprehensively than that of Pakistan.

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