What’s not to like about Malala Yousafzai? She has battled back from the bring of death to continue her campaigning work for the right for girls to have an education in Pakistan and world wide. She has won countless awards since the aged of just 9 years old. To top it all (so far) earlier this month, October 2014, she became at aged just 17, the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She shared the award with prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.
At a time when the media only ever seems to report negative, crime or party antics, about young people, it was heart warming to hear such a uniquely positive and uplifting story about a teenager.
She puts people far older than her to shame with her drive, ambition and selflessness and I’m sure she will be an inspiration to the young and more mature adult by demonstrating what can be achieved when you let nothing, not even a Taliban bullet, get in the way of achieving a goal.
Malala is quoted in a recent interview with PTV (UK) as saying that she would spend her share of $1.1 million prize money on educations projects in Pakistan. “We have to work together as 57 million children are still out of school in Pakistan. My dream is that every Pakistani child gets quality education,” web news portal ‘Daily Times’ quoted her as saying.
Malala was the inspiration behind the hit Edinburgh Fringe comedy show ‘I am Not Malala’ written and performed by rising star Sadia Azmat. The show was a humorous take on Sadia’s relatively ordinary life, aside from trying to make it as a stand up comedienne, and how that seems so mundane compared to trying to empower girls throughout the world.
Shiza Shahid, Malala and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai co-founded the Malala Foundation.
The Malala Fund empowers girls through education to achieve their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities. The Malala Fund advocates at the international, national, and local level for policy and system changes that give girls access to a high quality education and create a pull for education at the community level. Additionally, the Malala Fund invests in community-centred, scalable solutions that provide quality education by empowering local leaders, educators, and innovators.
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