15-08-2007 Lahore, Pakistan. Girls follow religious and secular classes in a girl’s madrassa in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Lahore. Around one third of the Pakistani youth is educated in madrasas. For poor families it’s a possibility to a free education. But also richer families send their children often for a year to a Koran school to learn about Islam. Madrasas are accused of recruiting and training members for Al Qaida or the Taliban. Most madrasas are just educational institutes that distance themselves from extremism. For girls, a madrasa can even mean a way to emancipation, because an education can help them to find a job and give them financial independence.
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