Malala Opens School on 18th Birthday.
Quite recently, on 12 July 2015, her 18th birthday, Malala opened a school in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, near the Syrian border, for Syrian refugees. The school, funded by the not-for-profit Malala Fund, offers education and training to girls aged 14 to 18 years. She called on world leaders to ‘invest in books, not bullets.”
Here is a BBC-interview with this strong and inspirational woman, taken on her birthday.
Malala is the young Pakistani girl from the Swat Valley, who in 2012, on her way to school, got deliberately shot by a gunman from the Taliban. She had been getting worldwide exposure for her views promoting education for girls in her valley.
Actually she started at the young age of 11-12, blogging under a pseudonym about the conditions of her life under Taliban occupation, a blog for the BBC. At that time the Taliban, occupying her region, had banned girls from attending school. The gunman shot her three times, one bullet entered her face.
Most people know Malala from that afternoon of 9 October 2012. She was in critical condition for a couple of days, then she was moved to Birgmingham to recover & rehabilitate. The Taliban announced their intent to kill her and her father in response to a fatwa issued for those who had tried to kill her. It didn’t stop the inspired young girl. Since the assassination attempt she has actually risen in prominence and she has been giving even more interviews and speeches.
Malala has several prizes in her name, from ‘one of the most influential people in the world’ to ‘youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner’ (2014) both due to her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
July 2013 she started her public talks again, beginning at the UN:
The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born… I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak up for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all terrorists and extremists.
On 20-8-2015 Malala ended at the top of her class with several A’s and A*’s (remember she is still doing speeches all over the world too!), so her aspirations to go to Oxford, as mentioned in the BBC-interview, sound highly plausible.