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Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers

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This post originally appeared on the America Abroad Media site on 4 November 2014.

It used to be that, in many parts of the world, educating a girl was not only a low priority but was prevented by social customs or economic pressures. Now, in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, India and war-torn areas such as Syria, girls are beginning to get a secondary school, and sometimes even, a college education.

On this edition of America Abroad, we will celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani woman who is an activist for female education and hear the reactions to that award from girls and women in oppressed places including Pakistan.

We have a report of a girl in rural India who suffered brutal beatings by her father but clung to her desire to get an education. We'll hear first-person reports of girls in Kenya who resisted their families' efforts to sell them off as a child bride so that they could get an education. And we'll examine the value of madrassas in educating girls in places like sub-Saharan Africa. This program was supported by The Aga Khan Foundation.

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