"I used to have a dream, but it’s been blown away by the winds of this place," says Heba, a 17-year-old living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. This week, as students across the globe settled into their new classes and caught up with old classmates, Heba and 31 million other girls were not among them.
The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April underscored the dangers girls face and reinforced what education activists are going up against. While the situation is grim, the push for equal access to education has being reignited through the work of women and girls’ rights advocates like Malala Yousafzai.
"The power of education frightens [extremists]. Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons," Malala said in her address to the United Nations last year.
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