An eighth-grade girl was awarded Pakistan's first National Peace Prize Thursday for her online diary reporting on the Taliban's ban on education for girls.
Malala Yousufzai, a resident of Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan -- one of the most conservative regions of the country -- wrote about her frustration with the Taliban's restrictions on female education in her town.
Using the Internet, she reached out to the outside world, taking a stand by writing about her daily battle with extremist militants who used fear and intimidation to force girls to stay at home.
"I was scared of being beheaded by the Taliban because of my passion for education," Malala said. "During their rule, the Taliban used to march into our houses to check whether we were studying or watching television."
Malala said she used to hide her books under her bed, fearing a house search by the Taliban.
Malala, 14, was also one of the five nominees chosen from 42 countries for the International Children's Peace Prize for 2011. That award, presented by Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire Monday, went to 17-year-old Michaela Mycroft of South Africa, for her "commitment to the rights of children with disabilities," a statement from that prize foundation said.
Although Malala didn't win that prize, she said she would still "fight for girls' education and work toward creating a society where girls can be educated freely."
She also has big plans for the future.
"I want to be a political leader, as this country needs honest and true leaders," she said.
Amina Sattar who topped the Matriculation exams in Gujranwala division is a girl from a small village from Narowal, who used to walk a long distance each day to go to school. She is proud of her father, who despite being a small vendor of "pakoras", blieved enough in his daughter to invest in and support her education.
Pakistan Army took part in development of Balochistan & for providing job opportunity ISSB centre has been established in Quetta.
Balochistan Public School - Sui - 14 August, 2010
The Sight of a classroom of Jahangeer Shaheed FC School, Kohlu. Pakistan Army established FC PUBLIC SCHOOL, KOHLU on April 2001 for providing education to deprived people of Balochistan undeveloped areas.
Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences (QIMS)
Education Initiatives: 110 Schools have been renovated / refurbished by Pakistan Army in Balochistan.
16,204 Balochistan Students are being educated in 32 Army / FC Public School and Colleges.
Spirit for education in Balochistan Province of Pakistan
Pakistan army is undergoing many of developmental works in Balochistan and also provided job opportunities in Balochistan. Pakistan Government and Pakistan Army also provide quality education to Baloch youth.
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