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Girls in Pakistan and Other Countries Should Not be Afraid to Want to Learn

03/09/2015 03:41 pm ET | Updated May 09, 2015

In many countries, like our country Pakistan, it's not always easy to get an education. Schools are sometimes attacked and closed, and girls who try to go to school are discriminated against. Some people try and stop us from going -- this is happening not just in Pakistan of course but to girls in many countries around the world.

It first happened to us back in 2010. All of a sudden, we were told that no girls were allowed to go to school and we had to leave our homes and our city and miss classes for three months. Though we returned and were able to go back to the classroom, the threat of violence didn't go away and in October 2012 we were hurt alongside our friend Malala on our bus home from an exam.

We all survived and are now continuing our education in the UK but we are more conscious than ever that there are 58 million children who don't go to school and more than half of these are girls. This statistic is shocking enough, but you also need to add to that figure are hundreds of millions more children who don't make it through to the end of primary school. Most of these are girls. We are proud to act alongside over 500 other Global Youth Ambassadors globally as part of A World at School. We are all committed to making sure all children receive a safe, quality education and we won't stop talking about it until they do.

Education is important for everyone -- most of us agree. So why is it that in many countries girls do not walk alongside boys? Why do girls have to cover their books and risk their lives to learn? Books are our future, and we believe that education is a fundamental right.

When a girl is educated then she is able to have better opportunities in her future and can learn about her health and wellbeing. She is less likely to be married young and if she does have children, they have a better chance of a safe childhood too.

In the future we dream of becoming doctors and helping people in need. This has been our dream since before the attacks. When we graduate we will be able to help those people who are in need, and we will be proud of ourselves for achieving our dreams.

We are proud to be Global Youth Ambassadors and show other girls like us in Pakistan and other countries not to be afraid to want to learn.

This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post in partnership with A World At School's "Girls Stand #UpForSchool" petition launch on International Women's Day 2015 (March 8). There are currently 31 million girls out of school around the world. This launch is part of a wider petition that will be delivered to world leaders to ensure they keep a promise to get every girl and boy into school and learning by the end of 2015. Find out more -- and add your name -- at upforschool.org.