Saturday, January 24, 2009

Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl

On this blog, we have posted articles of how people are combating violations of their human rights and also about learning how to create more awareness about their rights. Recently, trouble has been brewing in Pakistan as a ban on girls' education has been imposed by the Taleban in the north-western Swat district. BBC News has entries(here and here) from the diary of a young schoolgirl.
I was in a bad mood while going to school because winter vacations are starting from tomorrow. The principal announced the vacations but did not mention the date the school was to reopen. This was the first time this has happened.

In the past the reopening date was always announced clearly. The principal did not inform us about the reason behind not announcing the school reopening, but my guess was that the Taleban had announced a ban on girls' education from 15 January.

This time round, the girls were not too excited about vacations because they knew if the Taleban implemented their edict they would not be able to come to school again. Some girls were optimistic that the schools would reopen in February but others said that their parents had decided to shift from Swat and go to other cities for the sake of their education.

Since today was the last day of our school, we decided to play in the playground a bit longer. I am of the view that the school will one day reopen but while leaving I looked at the building as if I would not come here again.
And a video to remind us of the rights we all are entitled to:


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