Girls and Education

Every time girls go to school
I feel totally changed
Disappointment and anguish appear
My thinking goes down
Even the environment changes
As I think of all their barriers
Their fathers and brothers
Their safety

I want to tell them about my father
Who tells me to always continue studying
Who tells me what I want, what I like
Who never keeps me from school

It worries me a lot
Thinking about if I were those girls
Killing me to think about who stops them from school
To think who stops them from bringing change
Killing me when I see their brothers going to school

When I see them where I cannot do anything
I want to be their role model
I want to bring change in their life
I have to work for them

By Fariba

Photo: Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post


  1. Knowledge is power, whether gained inside or outside a classroom. Heed the words of your father, always continue studying!

  2. Sarah Key says:


    Your poem is powerful and makes me think about the education that we take for granted here is a precious right, a precious thing to fight for. It is heartbreaking to think that girls in so many places are barred from school.

    Thank you for making me think.


  3. I am glad that you want to do something for the girls that go to your school. I hope that one day you will get to do something or I hope that if you have all ready done something it is something that will help them in someway.

  4. Kristen says:

    This is powerful and beautiful. It makes me appreciate my father for supporting my education. Please keep writing. Your words are strong.


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