Today we all know education is our basic right.
Not just in the West; Islam too has given us this right.
Islam says every girl and every boy should go to school.
In the Quran it is written, God wants us to have knowledge.
He wants us to know why the sky is blue and about oceans and stars.
I know it's a big struggle – around the world there are fifty-seven million children who are not in primary school, thirty-two million of them girls.
Sadly my own country Pakistan is one of the worst places: 5.1 million children don't even go to primary school even though in our constitution it says every child has that right.
We have almost fifty million illiterate adults, two-thirds of whom are women, like my own mother.
Girls continue to be killed and schools blown up.
In March there was an attack on a girls' school in Karachi that we had visited.
A bomb and a grenade were tossed into the school playground just as a prize-giving ceremony was about to start.
The headmaster, Abdur Rasheed, was killed and eight children hurt between the ages of five and ten.
One eight-year-old was left disabled.
When my mother heard the news, she cried and cried.
'When our children are sleeping we wouldn't even disturb a hair on their heads,' she said, 'but there are people who have guns and shoot them or hurl bombs.
They don't care that their victims are children.'