Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Gift of Education...

The gift of education; to be able to learn through books, the Internet, discussion, and even LEGO(R) technology and robotics without fear for one’s life is truly a precious gift. 

This post today is not about the joy of learning with LEGO(R) technology and robotics, but it is about education, the education one should not take for granted, but be grateful for the opportunity to learn. 

Some years ago Ziauddin Yousafzi opened a school for girls in the Swat District of Pakistan and has received death threats ever since then. On Oct. 9, 2012, in Mingora, Pakistan on her way to school, 14 year old Malala Yousafzai was singled out on a school bus by masked terrorist and shot – just because she wanted an education. Her dream was to be a doctor, but after the onslaught of the Talbian to destroy all schools for girls, she became an outspoken voice for education of girls. For this she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth’s Peace Prize and now an attack on her life.  Talbian said Malala was a target, calling her “crusade for education rights an obscenity.” Also, adding that if she survived, the militants would certainly try to kill her again. “Let this be a lesson.” 

My heart and prayers go out to this brave little girl and her family. Please read the NY Times article, view the documentary about her, and let your voice be heard in support of this amazing girl! 

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