Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year-old advocate of her right to education. Malala told in one of CNN’s interview:
“I have the right of education, I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”
Being an advocate of education becomes Malala’s passion, her love to literature and learning urged her to fight and stand up for the right that the Taliban gradually is robbing from her and to the other girls of Pakistan.
Malala has been writing and fighting for her advocacy since January of 2009 when the Taliban issued a formal edict banning all girls from schools. She wrote a blog in BBC under a pseudonym , I would like to describe that blog as courageous as a blog could be. She continued to speak out regardless of what her age is and in fact was the first recipient of her country’s National Peace Award last year.
Shot in the head
October 9,2012 I stumbled upon this news from the international community “14 year-old Pakistani girl was shot in head” it really caught my attention since we have the same age and I didn’t really think that the Taliban could’ve done that to a girl. As I scrolled down the news it said:
“Now 14, she (Malala) was coming home from school in a van with other schoolchildren when Taliban assassins stopped the vehicle, climbed on and demanded that the children identify her. Terrified, the children did and the men fired, also wounding two other girls” , according to CNN.
A statement from Taliban came out and it said:
“We do not tolerate people like Malala speaking against us,” a Taliban spokesman later said, as Malala, in a Pakistani hospital, breathed with the help of a ventilator.
Malala was sent to Great Britain and is being cared for by international doctors and now in the stage of recuperation.
A role model
Malala really is a role model for today’s youth. To stand up for what is right should what the youth of this generation do. Standing for your right is all about yourself and being brave is all you need to have a nation wherein peace and order proliferate.
November 10 2012 has been declared as Malala Day. We are one with Malala’s advocacy —- Education for all, regardless of what your gender is. Being literate is your right and no one should stop you from learning.
Malala might be silenced now and lying in the hospital but if we all unite and take an action ,her dream will come into reality
I’m Jann Ericko N. Medina , just turned 15 year-old today (November 10 , 2012 ) an advocate,blogger and most of all a concerned youth of this generation , I’m one with Malala’s advocacy that education should be given to all.
Helping Malala can come in simple ways . Just let your voice be heard in support of Malala. Here is how you can help:
1. Sign the petition to call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education to all its children: http://educationenvoy.org/
2. Spread the word. Inform your audience of the #IamMalala campaign and invite them to sign the petition.
3. Spend November 10th in solidarity for Malala Day. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown – the UN Special Envoy for Global Education – and his wife Sarah will deliver this petition to the Pakistani president on this day.
Photo via FAZAL KHALIQ/ EXPRESS