This young Pakistani woman’s story shows us the incredible value of education and how the right to learn is something worth fighting for.
Malala Yousafzai is the first Pakistani and the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The Pakastani Activist for female education was recognised for her brave work in Northwest Pakistan where the local Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school and women were not allowed to go outside their homes. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
In her noble prize acceptance speech Malala spoke about how she had to speak up, she wanted to learn and be who she wanted to be. Malala has dreams and recognises that people’s voices are powerful. It is her message to children all around the world to stand up for their rights.
‘It a time when people are silent your voice gets so loud that everyone has to listen, everyone has to hear it. “I learned to believe in myself and know that I am not alone, there are hundreds and millions supporting me”. Malala Yousafrazi in her acceptance speech.
In 2013 Times magazine featured the teenage Yousafzai as one of ‘The 100 most influential People in the World’.
In October 2012 Malala Yousafzai was attacked while on the school bus. She hit with one bullet, which went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. In the days following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to England, for intensive rehabilitation.
‘I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.’ Malala Yousafzai envisioning a confrontation with the Taliban.
Despite everything that happened, Malala was determined to complete her schooling and enrolled in a British Highschool. She sat her exams two years after most British teenagers take them receiving six A’s.
A very #proud dad tweeted:
This incredible young woman reminds us about the power of education, to be brave and to believe in ourselves.