Pakistan’s Burka Avenger Cartoon Series Promotes Girls’ Education

A new animated series, The Burka Avenger, is set to premiere in August in Pakistan to promote the education of women in the country. This animated series will not only entertain, but will help promote knowledge about how girls can pursue education.

The animated series, which follows Malala Yousafzai's powerful speech at the UN about the need for universal education, will feature a female superhero who fights for women's education rights, according to Evan Puschak of MSNBC.

In some of the Pakistan' tribal areas, women are not allowed to go to school. It's not official government policy, but some terrorist groups in those areas are against the education education of girls and take steps to ensure that their policy is enacted.

The Burka Avenger, named Jiya, is a mild-mannered schoolteacher, who loves reading and writing. She knows martial arts and becomes a superhero when thugs try to shut down a girls' school in her village of Halwapur. Jiya transforms into a burka-wearing hero who uses her martial arts skills to protect every student's right to learn.

Rashid said: "Each one of our episodes is centered around a moral, which sends out strong social messages to kids. But it is cloaked in pure entertainment, laughter, action and adventure."

According to the Burka Avenger website, The Burka Avenger is an amazing action-comedy animated TV series that follows the adventures of the titular character and three young kids in the imaginary city of Halwapur as they fight the evil Baba Bandook and his henchmen.

The Burka Avenger TV series comprises of 13 episodes of 22 minutes each. Featuring guest appearances and original songs from some of the biggest musical acts from across South Asia (including Ali Zafar, Haroon, Ali Azmat, Josh and many others), Burka Avenger is a must see for kids and adults alike.

The Burka Avenger TV series' main goals are to make people laugh, to entertain and to send out positive social messages to youth.

The Burka Avenger fights with her main villains including a corrupt politician and a bearded evil magician who resembles a Taliban commander. Both villains are against girls' education and try to shut down girls schools in their area.

Malala Yousafzai, who is on a mission to raise awareness about women education, said that Taliban are a threat to the education of girls and they are destroying the present and future of girls' schools in tribal areas.

Kevin Watkins, however, does not agree with this, and wrote in The Guardian that an even bigger barrier to universal primary education is Pakistan's own government.

"Pakistan is a case study for the consequences of political neglect of education," Watkins wrote. "One in four of its primary school-age children–5 million in total–is out of school. Around half of those who get into school drop out before the end of grade 3. Not that getting through school is any guarantee of learning. After three years of primary education, only one-third of children are able correctly to formulate a sentence containing the word ‘school' or add a two-digit sum."

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