“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” Malal Yousefzai
Who is Malala Yousefzai?
She is a seventeen years old Pakistanian girl, born in Mingora the capital of Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan in July 12th 1997. She was admitted at school at the age of five. She is a very good student that never used to fail an exam and always at the top of her classes. As a child, she became advocate of girls’ education, which became an issue for Taliban who decided to end her life. On October 9th 2012, a gunman shot her on her way back home from school, but she survived. After that, she continued speaking out for the importance of education especially girls’ education. Now malala and her family are living in Birmingham in UK.
“A girl has the power to go forward in her life and she is not only a mother. She is not only a sister. She is not only a wife, but a girl should have an identity”. That is one of her famous sayings
How did her struggle start?
In 2009, Taliban decided to forbid girls to go to school in Swat Valley. Malala was one of the girls who were banned and her school career started to be affected. She didn’t go to school for weeks, but she started to write her diary named “Gul Makai” for the BBC website in 15 episodes and a very interesting ending. She tried to describe the real life situation in Swat Valley and how girls are living in violent circumstances, and it was very successful. After that, when Swat Valley has known peace once again, we have seen Malala on Tv channels ans her articles has spread the whole world through newspapers, internet and social media.
She struggled with many other girls of her town to get back all the girls to school, as the least right to have. She talked about the Taliban militans freely and openly of the way they threatened the women in the region. And of course Malala became a real problem for them for so many years.
The Murder attempt:
On October 9th 2012, taliban decided to put an end to Malala’s life, by sending two gunmen to assassinate her. She was with her friends back home from school when she was fired on the head. She was taken immediately to Saido Sharif in Swat for urgent treatement. She was in coma for 10 days, and she opened her eyes in Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in UK where she started a new life.
The Nobel Prize:
Malala was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2013, and on October 2014, she was nominated again and won. Now she is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in the world of the year of 2014. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”