"Until you acquire an education, you will never find out who you really are."
January 6, 2013 9:50 PM Subscribe
posted by zarq (14 comments total)
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In seventh grade, after school let out, Humaira Mohammed Bachal opened her home in Thatta (Pakistan) to 10-12 friends who weren't allowed to go to school, and taught them what she was learning. By the time she was 16 and ready to take her 9th grade exams, (over her father's objections,) she and four other girls were teaching more than 100 students. Now, her sister Tahira, (age 18,) is principal of the school Humaira founded: with 22 teachers serving more than 1,000 kids in a Karachi slum (yt)
. All in a country where if you are a young girl in a rural area, you are unlikely ever to see the inside of a classroom, and advocating education for young girls can be life-threatening.
Documentary on Humaira on Blip: A Small Dream
The NPR article mentions Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, age 14, who is now recovering
from a failed assassination attempt by the Taliban.
Miss Yousafzai was the subject of a post this past October on MeFi