DIL Students in the Jabri area
Today marks the first International Day of the Girl, as declared by the United Nations. But even as we celebrate the potential within each child, we pause to honor one girl's courage. The attack on Malala's is shocking and shameful. Her bravery in standing up for her basic right to an education is an inspiration and a call to action.
In an article in the New York Times published on Oct 10th, acclaimed columnist Nikolas Kristoff says, "They shot Malala because girls’ education threatens everything that they stand for. The greatest risk for violent extremists in Pakistan isn’t American drones. It’s educated girls." He also adds:"The Taliban clearly understands the transformative power of girls’ education. Do we?"
DIL schools, like the two that we are supporting here, provide quality education to thousands of girls like Malala. DIL sees our communities as partners, and supports a collectivist approach that helps build trust in the place of fear.
Update from the ground: Construction of the Jabri School has been completed and students moved into the new building in June. DIL is running the school with the help of community members so as to encourage girls enrollment in the school as it is an important priority. The community is very grateful to DIL for constructing such a costly building in such a remote area. The students are very enthusiastic about their new school sayings that they are enjoying these new classrooms and the big play ground.
Construction on the Ranjali School is over 70% complete and the school is expected to be handed over to DIL in the coming days. Once it opens, the school expects to enroll 170 students of which 68% will be girls.
A DIL classroom in the Ranjali area