Th‌is morn‌ing I go back to class after my stressful final exams that ended last week. To‌day is my last day of secondary school.

I enjoyed my school years and I am excited for my future. But I can’t help thinking of millions of girls around the world who won’t complete their education.

I was almost one of those girls. The Taliban took over our beautiful home in Swat Valley and declared a ban on girls’ education. Our teachers told us to stop wearing our uniforms because it wasn’t safe. Every day I wondered if this would be my last day of school.

Then came the day I dreaded most. I could no longer go to school. When my family fled our home, I worried I was leaving behind more than books and pens — I feared I was leaving behind my dreams for the future.

I have often said that I share my story not because it is unique — but because it is not. The fear I had then is still felt today by 130 million out-of-school girls around the world.

I was able to continue my education when the situation in my hometown got better, but I will never forget how it felt to have my future taken away from me.

I promise to keep fighting until the day that every girl can put on her uniform, pack up her books and walk to school without fear.

Courtesy: Pamir Times