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Their choice: either trek fours hours or no school. Your choice …?

Sarita Tamang, 13, is the first girl in her family to go to school. She might not have an option to complete even secondary education, however. She studies in grade seven in her village in Nepal, about 45 miles southwest of Kathmandu.

Her current school offers classes only up to eighth grade. The nearest school is a four hour round trip trek from her village.

“If I were a boy, it might be possible for me to continue school. As a girl child, I am expected to help in the household chores,” she said. “I simply cannot imagine that I would be allowed to go to school at such a long distance.”

According to UNICEF, only 3 out of 10 girls are enrolled for secondary education in Nepal.

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Rohan Chalise, 18, is an A-Level student at Brihaspati High School in Kathmandu. He feels lucky to have been born in the choices and luxury of Kathmandu. “I feel very sad knowing students of the same age group as mine have to walk so far just to reach school.…