Today I am enjoying watching some videos on a great website- TED. It is a platform for many talks about lots of subjects including science, business and global issues.
I have just watched a playlist on 'The Importance of Educating Girls.' One talk by Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala (for more about her see my 'Biography' section.) One talk by Kakenya Ntaiya, a Maasi lady from Kenya who had to bargain with her father for an education. The price she paid was agreeing to undergo the ceremony of female genital mutilation. One talk by Shabana Bahij-Rasikh, an Afghan girl who went to school in secret while the country was ruled by the Taliban, risking her life every day. One talk by Leymeh Gbowee, a Nobel Prize laureate who helped girls in her native Liberia and beyond get an education.
Leymeh Gbowee says that wherever she goes she sees intelligent girls, waiting for their greatness to be unlocked. It made me think about my own life and education. I didn't particularly like school, at times I hated it, although it was the social aspect rather than the education that bothered me. But I didn't complain too much about going, because I always knew deep down that school would 'unlock my greatness.'
Many children are not like me, and do not like school, and do everything they can to get out of it. Others are not like me, because they never got a chance to go to school. Still other children will risk their health, their lives, and will risk their community disowning them for a chance at an education. Because, as Shabana Bahij-Rasikh says: 'They can take your homes, your family, they can take everything from you. But they can never take from you what is in your mind.'