The Malala Effect: Dreaming of a University Degree

The Malala Effect: Dreaming of a University Degree

by : Diego Ibarra Sánchez

On any given weekday morning, the streets of Mingora, Pakistan are thronged with schoolgirls on their way to class, dressed in the typical uniform of white loose trousers topped by a long colored tunic and white headscarf. They cram three abreast in tiny rickshaws, or pile into pick-up trucks that have been converted into schoolbuses, knees meeting in the central aisle as they face each other from benches welded down the length of each side. Such a scene makes it hard to believe that Mingora, the capital of Pakistan’s Swat district, is the epicenter of the fight for girls’ education. Not only that, it is ...

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Pakistani government followed the example of that old ruler of Swat, and made education mandatory for all children between the ages of five and sixteen.

So why does girl’s education in Swat still need a champion? The answer to that question called out to me late one afternoon as I strolled along the quiet alleyway that leads to Malala’s home. It was a middle class neighborhood, and all the houses were shielded from the street with high stone walls and imposing iron gates. Pashtuns, who make upmost of Swat’s population, don’t do sweeping front lawns. Instead, they hide their gardens, and their women, away from stranger’s eyes. Still, I could glimpse fruit-laden trees and tall pines peeking over the walls, tantalizing hints of what I assumed I would never ...

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