This is my first blog post for this new blog that I felt was time to start up! I was inspired to start it after reading enough on the 276 Nigerian girls who were recently abducted from their school by Boko Haram. This Islamic militant group opposes Western values, specifically the education of girls. They abducted the girls right from their dormitory in the middle of the night to simply prevent them from receiving an education. The United States, Britain, France, and Israel have all pledged their support and will do whatever they can to stop this injustice.
Education is something that many will die fighting for; this was demonstrated with the shooting of young Malala Yousafzai. For us, in the Western education, it is a privilege that many shrug off, because of lack of appreciation and commitment. But it is something that we should not take for granted. Of course, there are assignments and tests that we feel we could do without. Then there are days where we just don’t want to get out of bed because the thought of going to school and sitting in a classroom, seems less than ideal for lazy or adventurous souls. It is key in that moment to turn your mind to Malala, and the 276 Nigerian girls who live for learning and going to school so that they can form prosperous lives for themselves and families. They are denied this because they are girls. I am a young girl and can freely attend university and pursue an education. While I sometimes dislike the workload, through it I learn about people such as Malala, and then I cannot bear to be ungrateful. I am so blessed to be able to go to school, to talk freely about important issues, and to feel safe while doing it.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the missing girls and their families and I hope they are found soon.