Malala Yousafzai is one incredible young woman. I had heard on the news when she was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school. She was only fifteen years old then. I was shocked, horrified, but most of all, confused. Why would someone shoot a girl just because she went to school? As the media was gathering more information, I learned that she had been speaking out against the Taliban. They thought that girls and their parents were wrong, by letting their daughters get an education. They had blown up schools in Pakistan and other countries. It was awful, but somehow, Malala survived, the bullet grazed her head, blew out her left eardrum, and she went though months of physical therapy to get her face back again to normal. The Taliban meant to kill her, or at least make her afraid to speak up. They were wrong. Getting shot only made her work harder for girl’s education, and now she has written a book, won the Noble Peace Prize, won many other awards, made a movie about her fight for girl’s education, and created the Malala fund . You can learn more about it here.
Malala is nineteen now, and this fall she’s off to college. Before she goes, this summer she’s visiting countries all over the world and speaking with girls who are fighting and making a difference in their countries. Malala visited Syria and spoke with children, and a few days ago she visited Guatemala and spoke with a seventeen-year-old girl who’s striving to make education for girls matter. Here’s where you can learn more about it: Malala’s blog
This novel was amazing, it was inspiring, and it made me think about other girls and how, in many countries, girls are looked down upon. Like where Malala lived, girls are expected to cook, clean, and run the household, not get an education, let alone go to college. Fortunately, she had a father who founded the school she went to, and her parents were very supportive of her message. Education for girls is important, and Malala recognizes that it’s important for boys, too. She is an amazing person who’s doing incredible and inspiring work. Please read this wonderful, true, and inspiring book.