Chapters 3–4 Summary and Analysis
Malala discusses the trials Ziauddin endured in launching his own school. To begin with, Ziauddin's father had expected him to become a doctor, and he was displeased by Ziauddin's interest in education. Thus, when Ziauddin was offered a place at Jehanzeb College, Rohul Amin refused to help with living expenses. Malala recalls that Ziauddin was saved when Nasir Pacha, a distant relative, offered him room and board. A man named Akbar Khan became Ziauddin's mentor and loaned him money to meet college expenses. After graduating from Jehanzeb College, Ziauddin and his dear friend Mohammad Naeem Khan used their savings to start an English-language school in Mingora. However, this partnership was fraught with personality clashes and eventually dissolved. Hidayatullah, another investor, took Naeem's place, and with Hidayatullah’s help, Ziauddin was able to launch the Khushal School. Unbeknownst to Ziauddin, this was only the beginning of more problems. Public officials expected Ziauddin to pay a large bribe to register his primary school, while parents were wary of trusting their children's education to an independent school. In the midst of this, Ziauddin married Toor Pekai and went into debt to pay for some of the wedding expenses. More financial difficulties and two flash floods soon followed, damaging the school. Despite these setbacks, Ziauddin was able to rise from the ashes to rebuild the Khushal School.
Malala relates how she enjoyed childhood Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Azha celebrations at her family's village in Barkana, Shangla. Shangla is located in the Kana dara (valley), and there are three main villages...
(The entire section is 846 words.)