Essay about Malala

The book I read was centered around a girl who lived in Pakistan and loved to learn school. Luckily for Malala, her father, an extremely intelligent man also ran the girls' school in their village, making it a bit more accessible for her. Unfortunately, her right to education was taken away when the Taliban took over their village, but Malala refused to be silent about it; resulting in her being fatally shot. Throughout the book, plus a few articles online, I began to notice how different school is for Pakistani students versus American students. In 2007, the Taliban started to take over numerous villages all over Pakistan. They took away people's rights to TV, music, and theaters. The most substantial thing they banned was the right for girls to attend school. When they took over Malala's village in 2008, that affected her deeply. Malala's father owned the school she went to, strongly encouraging her education. She absolutely adored school, when the Taliban took over she knew she wasn't going to be another person who sat in silence. She started writing a blog for the BBC, which she wrote about her love for learning along with how the Taliban took that from every girl.

This made her a target. In the course of time, school was allowed again, but in 2012, a gunman got onto her school bus, asking where Malala was. After he found her, he shot her in the back of the head. She made a remarkable recovery and is now an inspiration to girls all over the world. In America, it's a law that children must attend some sort of school. Whether it be homeschooling, private or public school, every kid is required to go from kindergarten to 12th grade. School starts when you're 5 years old, commonly ending when you're about 18. You are allowed to drop out when you're 16, sophomore year, but it’s not advised. A majority of them dread school. They think of it more of a chore than an opportunity. We take a ton of necessary things for granted in school that we do not notice. Plenty of schools offer breakfast and lunch, at normally at a reduced or free of cost to people who can't afford it, we get to be in sturdy, mostly clean buildings with chairs and desks for everyone.


The government here has made it very easy for us to access school, the buses are free, with a school in nearly each town. Schooling in Pakistan isn't the greatest now either. Only about 60% of students make it past grade 5, making Pakistani one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. Some schools are even still single-gendered. Here, the only time that happens is when a parent sends their child to a boy/girl school by choice. Pakistan and American schools teach nearly the same stuff such as social studies, math, English, arts, also science. Loads of children are still deprived of education in Pakistan; only 13 percent of girls are still going to school by 9th grade, 32 percent are out of schooling by primary year, along with 21 percent of boys being out by that age. In America, 4.0 million students enrolled this year in ninth grade, along with nearly 56.6 million kids enrolled all together. Education in Pakistan is compulsory just like in the U.S. but there, law enforcement isn't nearly as strict about it as they are here.


Although girls and children all across Pakistan are allowed to go to school, clearly the education they are getting hasn't reached its full potential; but they are working toward it. In 2015, Malala opened a school for Syrian Refugee Girls, I assume it's still running. Education in America is far from perfect too, but every year we continue to improve, invest more time, and money into it. I can only hope Pakistan makes their laws on school stricter, making kids go until they're old enough, also responsible enough, to know what they actually want to do with their lives. An efficient education can build a structure for your future, something I never thought was important until I read this book and saw the lengths someone was willing to go to learn.


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