Attending school shouldn’t mean choosing between life and death, but for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai it has long been a choice between right and wrong, as well as life and death. Yousafzai has long been an advocate, writing first under a pseudonym for the BBC about the difficulty Pakastani girls faced in trying to attend school.
Shot by the Taliban in retribution October 9, 14-year-old Malala and two other classmates were gunned down for daring to attend school, and Malala herself was specifically singled out by the shooters.
It is hard to imagine my life without access to education. November 10th is my birthday. Of the 35 years that I’ve been alive, I have spent about 2/3 of them in some kind of school…elementary, high school, college and graduate school twice. I assume both my son and my daughter will take a similar path. Not once did anybody dare to suggest that because I am a female, I should not be educated.
In honor of Malala Day (You know Malala, she’s the fourteen-year-old girl who was shot in the head a month ago because of her stance on girls’ education), I decided to develop a list of books to inspire the young girls who line our lives. Malala Yousafzai stood up for education of all girls around the world. When our daughters are faced with a challenge, it’s my hope they pray hard and stare that sucker straight in the face. On with the list… (via Amy Sullivan: 10 Books for Girls that Birth Strength)
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Today, I’m sharing something a bit different though. I was grabbed by this girl’s story. Malala.
Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban. Her “crime?” Promoting education for girl’s in her country. Her bravery and her tragic ending are something that need to be remembered, and shared. She survived the brutal crime and was later flown to the United Kingdom.
She is changing and improving lives still. I’ve signed the petition calling on Pakistan to provide education for girls, and I’m asking you to as well. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will hand deliver the petition to the U.N on November 10.
Her ‘crime’? Advocating for girls’ right to education in her home country of Pakistan. The attack occurred on a school bus, a few hundred yards from the school grounds. Miraculously, Malala survived and today, the world is celebrating her courage and accomplishments by observing Malala Day, announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
This past October the world was shocked and saddened by the Taliban assassination attempt on a 14 year old schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai. Malala had been a thorn in their side since the tender age of 11 when she wrote a blog about the oppression under Taliban rule in her town of Mingora, Pakistan. She became an activist fighting for the right of girls to education in Pakistan, something the Taliban stands vehemently against. Instead of killing Malala as they had intended, by shooting her in October, they sparked an education movement that has gone globally viral. Instead of snuffing her one small voice, they have ignited a firestorm of education initiatives that span the globe.
(via » I am Malala documama)
As a girl, I grew up going to public school, then private school. I went on to study at a couple of universities and also take online classes. These various educational opportunities are all commonplace in my part of the world. That’s why I can’t imagine being nearly killed for wanting to go to school. (via Malala Day: Speak Out for Education | Tropic Home)
A few weeks ago my kids’ school held International Day. Each class chose a different country and went all out to create that location in each classroom. They shared information they learned and acted out days in the life of the people there. My fourth grader and second grader directly addressed how the kids in their countries did not all go to school because they were forced to work or marry or enter the military. They talked about how this was terrible for these kids, but I’m not sure they fully comprehended not being allowed to go to school.