After standing up for her right to go to school, Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year old Pakistani gurl, was shot on the bus in North West Pakistan by the Taliban. Malala will celebrate her 16th birthday by making a speech to the UN concerning the rights of all children, male and female to an education .
She will encourage more than 500 youth to pick up their most powerful weapons, books and pens. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Malala set up the Malala Fund for this purpose after the assassination attempt upon her last October.
When she was taken to Britain after being shot in the head, Malala had to undergo extensive surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Surgeons attempted to repair the damage to Malala after a bullet grazed her brain. Malala was shot in Pakistan for writing an anonymous blog about life under the Taliban rule and how the Taliban didn’t allow gurls to go to school. Once the Taliban had shot 2 gurls on Malala’s school bus and gravely injured Malala, they vowed to go after her again, even when she was removed to the hospital in Birmingham.
Not only will Malala speak to 500 young people but she will also present a petition to the UN’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon in the hope of attaining an education for all young people, especially gurls.
Malala now attends East Edgabaston High School in Birmingham and will present her speech and petition on Malala Day which is held on November 10. Malala day is a celebration organized by former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown – the UN envoy for Global education. Brown says that by 2015 it’s possible to have every boy and every girl in school and that its only impossible if people think it is. Many girls and boys now believe that they can achieve the education they deserve just because Malala says that it’s possible.
Moreover, Malala has touched and been an inspiration to many young gurls and woman around the world. It was in her homeland near Mongora, Pakistan that she wrote her blog supporting education for young women in Pakistan. Also, in her fight for survival in Birmingham she received many tokens and mementos such as money, candy, CDs and clothing from advocates of her fight for education. She received so much support from people around the world and this lead Malala’s father to remark how deeply they appreciated the help from people of every cast, colour and creed. There was also a petition signed with 60 000 signatures in October calling for Malala to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Clearly, her actions have affected many people.
I believe that through her speaking to the UN’s young delegates and presenting a petition to have education for all is further helping the rights so that women and gurls will be educated everywhere.
Education is a right that we in North American often don’t value. Boy or gurl, we go to school and can complete High School and we then have the choice to pick a University or school of Technical Training of our choice. Many gurls in places such as Pakistan don’t have the right to even finish basic education and this is also true in many other parts of the world, where corrupt governments have chosen to believe it’s not right to have educated women. Educating women gives them a purpose, a future and most importantly, power. Perhaps, this worries many governments especially in the Middle East. However, the fight for education by gurls like Malala places pressure on other nations to give basic rights and privileges to women in their countries. To give them the right to learn and to better themselves, their families and their countries.