The right to an Education (Colleen Egan)

23 Feb


This is a picture of a young girl named Malala Yousafzai. On October 9th 2012 she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in an attempt to assassinate her while on her way home for speaking out against the Taliban’s actions. In her area called the Swat District the Taliban has been banning girls from attending school. Malala is a fifteen year old education activist fighting for the rights of education for girls saying that the Taliban has no right to take away her right to an education or anyone’s right to one. She continues on with her mission to fight for girls rights to education despite the Taliban’s threat that next time they will kill her. The Media can bring stories like this out that things such as the situation in the Swat District of Mingora are not things of the past. Siutations such as this happen everyday all over the world. Also that not every person who lives in the Middle East supports the Taliban’s beliefs. Malala’s father is an educator and an activist himself who fully supports his daughters fight that she has been doing since she was as young as eleven years old. It also allows the Media to show that anyone can speak out against those who would deny others the right to better themselves and an outlet to get that message out.


4 Responses to “The right to an Education (Colleen Egan)”

  1. lutherling12 February 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    “The Media can bring stories like this out that things such as the situation in the Swat District of Mingora are not things of the past.”

    As demonstrated by the blog entry here. How very… meta of it.

  2. michaelchuakong February 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    The world is constantly changing from a communal-based society full of culture and traditions and moving towards an individualistic society. People are focusing more on themselves than preserving the heritage they were raised in. While focusing on personal success, I think the majority of people make sure their indivudual rights are protected and that they all have equal opportunities. Happenings in the Middle East, as elsewhere, has created a social evolution where education is becoming of higher importance than culture. Eventually, the stress of getting a ‘proper’ education will cause generations to come to forget their roots (a melting pot). My question is what’s going to happen after these activists accomplish what they set out to accomplish. Will the world see less confrontation? What will define ‘progress’ after everyone’s gotten what they’ve wanted? What will people focus on next?

    • col87 February 24, 2013 at 4:52 am #

      Colleen Egan: I’d say that this social evolution is apart of a peoples culture. If I’m taking your comment incorrectly then please correct me; I feel that if something that is apart of a culture causes those within it to be denied a right then it shouldn’t be something that is apart of their culture anymore. In America it use to be apart of our culture that women did not get an education beyond a certain point and also that they could not vote. Now that is no longer the case because culture helped change it along with our changing values.

      Confrontation will still happen because everyone will always agree and disagree. As people see the results and consequences of denying peoples rights less people will take that stance I feel as we’ve seen that happen before. Progress will be when people are able to have the rights that allow them a happy and healthy life and what I feel should be the focus after people get what they wanted is to protect it. Because there is always going to be someone that will try to take peoples rights away someway, somehow.

  3. kimberlyspring2013 February 24, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    This tragedy was very heartbreaking when it was released. The Taliban is an extremist group in an actually peaceful religion. Their word should not be interpreted as the word of all people who follow Islam, or as part of their culture. The only reason they’re given that attention is because they are the ones with the guns. No where is Islam does it say women should not be educated. It has nothing to do with their culture. In fact the Taliban did wrong according to the Quran in hurting the young girl. The young girl is fighting the good fight in helping stop the word of these extremists.

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