Overcoming to Learn in Pakistan


Learn how educating girls is creating change in one Pakistani community.

Each day, millions of girls around the world can’t step into a classroom. Instead, neglect, abuse, and poverty create seemingly insurmountable barriers to their education, resulting in about 496 million women who can’t read and write today. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries to help girls overcome these barriers so they can attend school, improve their lives, and help advance their communities.

According to the education policy in the Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan, one teacher shouldn’t have more than 40 students, but most do—one teacher even had more than 180 students. To help, World Vision trained 41 substitute teachers, 12 of whom are women, to work with teachers. Shahnzah, right, is one of those substitutes. She became the first girl in her village to graduate from college when she earned her education degree, and she wants to see more change. “I always prayed to God to give me the chance to serve the children,” she says. “Now, I am teaching innocent children in school.” Shahnzah’s success shows how educating girls creates change in a community. She has set an ambitious goal of achieving a 100 percent literacy rate in her area. She started by finding out how many children are out of school and has already persuaded many parents to send their children to school.

Written by Kristy J. O'Hara

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