The continued attacks on girls schools in Swat and an attempt to destroy the education system in Swat, Bajaur and Mohmand, restive parts of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan has gathered a sense of dissatisfaction among the informed circles of society.
Everyone in Pakistan has strongly condemned this heinous act in the name of Islam. I still can recall those beautiful red apple faced small girls; hanging their school bags on theirs backs; in white clean shalwar qameez [National Dress of Pakistan] uniform; covering their heads with scarfs leaving for schools in groups early morning. Those innocent girls with ambition to be Doctors, Pilots, Teachers or just simply a productive part of society used to be very enthusiastic about their schools.
I once talked to a local Cab driver who was father of four daughters; he wanted his daughters to become doctors and school teaches. He had no guilt for not having a boy in his progeny rather happy to have four beautiful daughters. He was a satisfied man over what he was earning and spending on her daughter’s education. It made me think how progressive he was despite the fact he was illiterate man but along with his wife he was aspiring to make his children useful human beings. I cant recall his name but it gave me pain when i think he would not be able to accomplish his dreams of raising his daughters according to his aspirations. Or he might have been died or his daughters are burnt in school that have been torched by brutal Talibans.
My friend Ellen Schwartz in USA on reading reports of devastation of Girl schools in rural areas of Pakistan sent me an email that is self explanatory. I am placing it for those who have hearts and working for promotion of female education in these vulnerable areas.
My dear sister,
I am horrified to hear the World News reports about recent and increasing destruction of girls’ schools in rural Pakistan. With your beautiful face and stories of your own cultural limitations in my memory, I can connect this hardship to someone personally. Most foreigners can not do this and it remains simply another shocking story of a different place far away. I want to know if there’s anything I can do from afar to help? Of course, I imagine it’s important that I write to my political leaders (now great supporters of girls’ education given Obama’s own daughters)…and financial support to brave educators in your country would undoubtedly be welcome. I don’t know if a small amount that I could send would help, or if it would even reach the intended organization/person.
What do you think of this current situation…do you have any needs or advice so that you can help from within the country?
I send you peaceful spirit and hopes that things will improve politically in Pakistan, and for you.
I could not find any Non Governmental organisation or individual who is working for the promotion of education in Swat. Other than the vows made by government to bring constructive change in region. Have you come across any of such organisations or persons please join hands to stop this brutality.