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EDUCATION: Malala’s shooter feared power of learning

Letter by Marty Bishop, Port Orchard on Oct. 19, 2012 at 10:21 am with No Comments »
October 19, 2012 10:21 am

Why did he do it? What caused him to shoot a girl point blank in a school van? It was an idea.

The idea that the cause she stood for had to be stopped in any manner. Her stand for the right of girls to have an education threatened his world-view. According to Taliban beliefs women must stay in their homes unless accompanied by a male relative. Windows are covered to prevent outsiders from possibly seeing a woman’s body.

Malala threatened that world-view. If women are educated they might all begin to speak out just like she did with power and conviction. Maybe they will even teach their sons that it is wrong to oppress women.

Learning is the key to a different world-view. When the Taliban took control they banned women from teaching. Most primary school teachers were women, so boys as well as girls missed out on a basic education. There is a good chance that the man who attacked her is illiterate. If we give people a chance for an education they could be exposed to other ideas. They might have other opportunities besides being terrorists.

A bill introduced by Rep. Dave Reichert addresses this need. The Education For All Act uses existing education funds in targeted way. Its goal is to help every child achieve a basic education. Right now 61 million primary school-age children are not in school. We can change this. Call your representative and ask them to co-sponsor the Education For All Act.

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