Why are the girls older than 10 in Pakistan not going to school?

My trip abroad opened my eyes to many things. I went with my friend and I was introduced to his family. As I spoke with many teenage girls, I noticed that the age in which they stopped going to school was 10. Why is this happening? What is the purpose of taking them out of school? I was really puzzled. The more girls I spoke with, the more I realized this is the normal. After speaking in depth with these girls, I discovered that they all wanted and desired to be educated. The age of the girls I was speaking with was between 15-19 years. I also discovered that most of their moms had never ever been to school. The breakdown in the educational system for girls in Pakistan was really saddening to me. These girls are spending their time at home cleaning and taking care of household chores as opposed to going to school. This is a huge problem in my opinion. There are two aspects to this problem. The parents need to speak up for their daughters and send them to school and the government of Pakistan needs to step up and invest money in these girls and send them to school. The cycle of not educating women is robbing the Pakistani society of women who can make a huge difference in their community. Women are special. They are the heart of the home, they are compassionate, and they are capable of changing this world if given the opportunity. I am American. I am not saying we have the best educational system because we don’t. However, the importance of being in school is a federal law. You have to go to school or there are consequences with the authorities as being truant. The parents are held responsible as well as the child. Education is a right and an essential component of a functioning society. Women should not just be looked at as housewives and mothers but rather as the valuable investment that is essential to an advancing society. Every person deserves to be taught and given knowledge. Education and information is not just for boys and men. Please help me change the way Pakistan educates their women by raising awareness and being the voice of change for Pakistani women.

Tiffany:)

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