Education gives girls dignity

Mariam Khalique and other teachers at Khushal School and College in Pakistan must be diligent in convincing students to attend school despite terrorist threats. They understand how education can save lives, reduce poverty and end violence.
“Every morning, along with other teachers in my school we had to encourage our girls to continue their studies. I remember when it was announced on the radio that no girl should go to school, we told our students to come to school without school uniforms and bags and hide their books under their shawls and pretend that they are not students.”

World Education Blog

Speech, by Mariam Khalique, teacher of Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai, at an  event in New York for the release of the Education For All Global Monitoring Report’s new analysis, Education Transforms.

Miriam giving her speech Mariam giving her speech at the EFA Report event in New York. Photo: Rick Bajornas

“Bismillah! In the name of ALLAH, the most merciful, the most beneficent. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – I feel honoured to be here today to be able to share my experiences with you.

Before sharing with you my story and experiences, I want to introduce myself. My name is Mariam Khalique and I have been teaching at the Khushal School and College in the Swat Valley in Pakistan for over 11 years. During my time at the school I was Malala Yousafzai’s teacher for many years. Where I come from, most of the people don’t know the value of education. This is the…

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