Kids resolute despite schools ruined by floods in Swat, Pakistan (2)

08:07, August 12, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Ten private institutions were also destroyed by the militants, consequently forcing the much desired mushrooming network of education to wind up operations in the area.

Unlike the Holy Prophet Muhammad of faith Islam, who had emphasized on female literacy, the ultra orthodox oxymoron Taliban militants have banned the basic right to education for girls in their areas of influence in the troubled northwest of Pakistan.

On Dec. 24, 2008, Maulana Fazlullah, chief of the Swat chapter of disbanded Tehrik-Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM or Movement for the implementation of the order of Prophet Muhammad) ordered to close down all girls schools by Jan. 15, 2009, as he found female education against Islam in accordance with his own self- crafted deviant version of the faith. However, he softened his decision and allowed girls to attend schools for up to 4th grade under the looming threat of bombing schools that continues unchecked.

More than 120,000 girls were attending schools and colleges in 2006 in Swat valley where lives a population of about two million. However, the frequent threats that Fazalullah, infamous as "Mullah Radio" used to hurl through his illegal FM radio station, had dropped the registered female students to 40,000 by 2009. This graph further declined both due to militants scare and the destroyed school infrastructure, according to reports.

Despite all odds Zainab Sana who is in her 20s outshined the scare of insurgent militants by scoring top honors in high school examination in June this year.

"I worked hard and remain determined to complete my matriculation examination," she said in an earlier interview about her outstanding second position in the entire Swat valley despite that her school was destroyed in a bomb blast by Taliban militants two years ago.


【1】 【2】 【3】

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Staff members watch a screen showing the blast-off of the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao watches the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are also present. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
Hot Forum Discussion