Malala's way of Education!

by JL on March 17, 2014 - 6:48am

In my recent posts, I have been talking about education. While doing some researches, I arrived upon an interesting person that has a huge impact and changed a lot in our education recently.

Malala Yousafzai was born the 12th July 1997 in Mingora. She is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Noble Peace. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, a poet, runs a few public schools in the North West Pakistan living as a educational advocate. Malala started writing online, on a BBC blog, in 2009 under the pseudonym "Gul Makai", in order to express her opinion of modern education and living under the pressure of being targeted by the Taliban. She was unknown until her father has suggested Malala to BBC.

Subsequently, the Taliban took control of the area and banned the televisions, the music. They limited education to girls and even banned women from shopping. Many girl schools were blown up while they were in control. Moreover, Malala and her father were often threatened of death because of their opinion expressed on BBC.

At that point, Malala's father considered moving away in order to protect her. However, Malala answered with this:

" I don't know why, but hearing I was being targeted did not worry me. It seemed to me that everybody knows they will die one day."

So, her father suggested that they stop their human rights' campaign, but Malala answered with:

"How can we do that? You were the one who said that if we believe in something greater than our lives, then our voices will only multiply ever if we are dead. We can't disown our campaign!"

Moreover, Malala was shot a while after the BBC blog ended during a school bus ride. She was injured critically, and she was near death. Even her father was getting ready for the funerals. However, she survived. Her family is then moved to the West Midlands, where Malala starts writing her book " I am Malala". In that book, she claims that her survival was a miracle and that she doesn’t seek revenge, she only wants to go back home, her real home.

Her actions impressed many people, among them, there was Gordon Brown, an UN Special Envoy for global education. On the 15th October, while Malala was still in the hospital, Gordon Brown visited Malala and launched a petition to support Malala's actions. The petitions possessed three demands:

* We call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education for every child.

* We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls.

* We call on international organizations to ensure the world's 61 million out-of-school children are in education by the end of 2015.


This petition was named : I am Malala petition.

On the 12th July 2013, Malala was invited to have a speech at the United Nation. She said amazing things such as :

"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."

"I love my God. I thank my Allah. I talk to him all day. He is the greatest. By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities. Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country - this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all my friends at school is my right right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish."

"I am Malala, My world has changed by I have not."

Her actions are now known around the world, a lot of people admire her and wants to thank her for her courage and intentions. Her fame is something she doesn't desire, she truly wants peace and education for every children on this very planet. For more information, feel free to visit or read the book Malala wrote herself: "I am Malala". Most of her quotes and her actions are clearly described in that book. Most of my information were taken from that book too.


Having read I am Malala over my winter vacation, I can understand this post and summary of Malala’s work. I believe in the work Malala is doing and has done, and I believe in educational opportunities for all. Something I felt lacked a little in her work was her lack of depth in understanding those who did not have the economic means to an education or what it means to be impoverished and uneducated. Malala did go into detail about the political unrest and the conditions people lived in, but she did not discuss what education did to better those around her. Malala had a lot of opportunity in her life for her to be able to speak out for women, but I feel as if there was lack of voice for those without monetary means. Her father was the creator of her school, and she was exposed to many powerful and influential people through that.
Coming from a small agricultural community, I was raised by both of my parents being Social Workers, and the idea of an education was very important to my family. This was not the case for many families in my surrounding area, and because of this I have an appreciation for education and I was taught the value of it. Often times, members of my community are in and out of hard economic times. While I had a lot of opportunity like Malala, I was also exposed to a lot of people without those means. Without addressing the opportunity you have had and the experiences you’ve earned, you cannot move forward with an idea. In my opinion, Malala needs to assess her surroundings and address those who cannot afford to better themselves, because as she wrote, education was not something given, but paid for.

Your article sums up very well Malala's work so far. What she has done for children's right to education at such a young age is extremely impressive. She says it herself that she doesn't seek on the people that almost killed her, she just wants to get her message delivered. She definitely acts and thinks as a deontologist would. Her motivation to pursue this campaign is simply based on reason, on good will. It is unreasonable for her that not all children have access to education. She feels as it is a necessity for ALL children to have access to it, and she makes it very clear, "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." She truly follows reason in a very objective way, and does what she feels is the right thing to do.

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