The Taliban’s War on Education


The obstacles for children to attend school in Pakistan are many: weak infrastrucure, poverty, and conflict all contribute to a situation in which at least 8 million of the country’s 20 million school-age children do not attend primary school. One of the more recent developments worsening this situation is the Pakistani Taliban’s war on education. […]


The obstacles for children to attend school in Pakistan are many: weak infrastrucure, poverty, and conflict all contribute to a situation in which at least 8 million of the country’s 20 million school-age children do not attend primary school. One of the more recent developments worsening this situation is the Pakistani Taliban’s war on education. The group targets schools for bombings and seeks to recruit children through madrassas, religious ‘schools’ that attract children who, without the madrassas, would not receive any education, and convert them to the beliefs of the Taliban. As illustrated in this touching yet tragic PBS/Frontline video, these children are molded into soldiers and suicide bombers for the Taliban. This is one of the trends we at the Marshall Direct Fund are working against; by enabling access to education for Pakistani children, they can empower themselves to combat the force of the Taliban in Pakistani society.

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