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Outside his office my father had a framed copy of a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher, translated into Pashto. It is a very beautiful letter, full of good advice. ‘Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books . . . but also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and the flowers on a green hillside,’ it says. ‘Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.’

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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist who rose in prominence after an attempt on her life by Pakistani Taliban officials following her advocating for women’s rights to education. Since the incident, she became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and continues to advocate for women and children’s rights worldwide.