Young girls learn how to converse in English at the Afghan-Canadian Community Center in Kandahar. Young women learn skills there that might help them get a job.
In Kandahar, Girls Show Grit Behind Guarded Walls
November 25, 2010
Education is like gold — more precious than any other possession.
That's according to an 11-year-old girl named Bilqis Ehsan. She lives in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She speaks nearly fluent English. And she wants to be a doctor.
Education "shines your life," she says.
We want to be brave. And we are coming to school.
- Tahira Sadisaidi, 20
Bilqis and other girls and young women are taking classes in English and computer technology at the Afghan-Canadian Community Center in Kandahar. But it's not just for the joy of learning. They want careers.
"I am learning English because it's an international language," says Nurzia, 14. "If we become a doctor, [a] doctor needs to write prescriptions for the patient by English — not Dari or Pashto."
It would be fair to say that there is no world of girls more hidden than the world beneath the burqas of Afghanistan. The girls who risk going to school in the heartland of the Taliban could be harmed or killed.
But it would be a mistake to presume that all the women and girls underneath their burqas are somehow pitiable or frightened or even meek.