The story of Shabeen Zareen, a brave school principal in Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai is recovering well in a British hospital, but she very nearly became a fifteen year old martyr to the cause of education in Pakistan.
In October, a masked Taliban gunman shot her in the head for advocating the education of girls. Her story touched many people; last month the United Nations commemorated Malala Day, a day to represent the goal of education for all children.
But in Pakistan the dangers persist. And they present just one more obstacle for many girls who are so hungry to learn. We heard from some of the girls at a school in Northern Pakistan - about 40 kilometers outside of Islamabad.
Principal Shabeena Zareen works against the odds to educate her students. In rural Pakistan only 30% of women can read and write. Only 4% graduate high school. The story of Shabeen Zareen and her school are featured in a documentary film by Hemal Trivedi called Shabeena's Quest. Hemal Trivedi was in our studio in New York City.
This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.
Mail: F-35 Jets
Just enough time to check in on your thoughts on the story about the future of the F-35 fighter jets. The projected cost of the jets has escalated to three times the original figure quoted by the government.
Yesterday on The Current, Anna Maria spoke to Christopher Alexander, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence.
And if you want Canadians to cool their jets, don't mention "F-35."
Here's what Bill Malcolm of Halifax had to say:
Chris Alexander is trying to rewrite history, and expecting the public to believe his blandishments.
It is common knowledge that the F35 program in the US is an absolute boondoggle. The government hardly had to hire KPMG to do a study. I could have done it.
Here's another from Andrew Montgomery of St Catherines, Ontario:
I don't have a lot of interest in defending Mr. MacKay, but extending the timeline to show inflated costs is ridiculous. It goes without saying that a longer life span translates to greater related costs. Maintenance and upkeep costs are not directly related to procurement costs.
John Fefchak is a veteran. He lives in Virden, Manitoba and sent this comment:
You can push all the reset buttons available and fire all the Ministers who you believe are responsible - but will it change anything ?
Canada needs a replacement aircraft and shopping for the "right" aircraft is not cheap. Either support the military, or close the hangar doors.
And speaking of the reset button, D. Meredith tweets: Is "reset" the new word for "cover-up"?
And Daniel P posted: If by reset you mean eject, then yes.
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Last Word - Monday Promo & Steve Patterson's Bucket List
Tune in to The Current Monday for a conversation with Conservative Senator Doug Finley. He's been called Stephen Harper's number two man and his pitbull. But his fight now is a personal one. It is against a cancer that's been diagnosed as terminal. Senator Finley speaks with Anna Maria about the personal and the political.
Also, Monday -- the international dilemma over Mali. The country swore in a new interim prime minister yesterday. But Islamists have control over the northern part of the country. And many fear Al-Qeada will only strengthen its base there unless the international community stops it. Hear the debate on whether to intervene in Mali, Monday on The Current.
Now, Steve Patterson, the host of CBC's The Debaters, is annoyed that the world ends next week. But before the Mayans drop the final curtain, he's got a bucket list of things he wants to accomplish. Today's Last Word goes to Steve.
Other segment from today's show: