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Education for Everyone

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The right to education is recognized as a basic human right by the United Nations. Therefore, promoting education is not only a teacher’s or parent’s duty. It is something that everyone should do his or her part to help with. Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortenson sets a great example for those in support of this basic human right . In 1993, Mortenson got lost and hurt on a hiking trip and was saved by the kind people of the remote village of Korphe in Pakistan. He was surprised to find that the village had no school. The local children’s only way to practice writing was with sticks in the mud. As he left the village, Mortenson promised that he would return to build a school. Mortenson sold his car, left his job, and gave speeches to raise money. Finally, he cocreated the nonprofit organization Central Asia Institute (CAI). Its purpose is to build schools in remote areas of South Asia. In 1996, Mortenson made good on his promise by building a school and a bridge for the Korphe villagers. Mortenson’s story spread. At the request of local leaders, he started to build schools for boys and girls Afghanistan. By doing so, he is challenging the area’s traditional belief that women should not be educated. He also faces many difficulties, such as threats from terrorists, wars, and earthquakes. However, he and the locals he works with believe that education is the only way to make a positive and long-lasting change.For the local people, education is the best way to improve their lives and control their future . Instead of picking up weapons, the children are taking up pens. Over the years, CAI has built 131 schools, benefiting 58000 students. Over half of those are girls who weren’t allowed education in the past. Even so, there are 120 million children in the world that don’t have access to education. CAI and Mortenson have started a campaign, Pennies for Peace, to ask for the world’s help for these children. Every penny and pencil gives a child a chance for proper education and hope for peace in the world.
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