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Transcript of Malala Yousafzai
By: Afton Daniels and
Malala was named
after Malalai, the famous Pashtun heroine. Malalai of Maiwand is a national folk hero of Afghanistan who rallied local Pashtun fighters against the British troops during the 1880 Battle of Maiwand.
Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Swat District of Northwest Pakistan.
used to be known for
it's summer festivals,
and was once a popular tourist site.
is a poet and ran a chain
of public schools in the area.
He is an advocate for women's right to recieve an equal education.
was only 11 years old, she
chose to write an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu website. She explained her life under the Taliban's strict and prejudiced ruling against females, even though she was endangering her life, and also her family's. Malala chose a pseudonym- Gul Makai- meaning cornflower in Urdu.
People were able to rally together
and help fight for education equality,
because Malala chose to write about her
beliefs and her day-to-day life under the Taliban's
rule. She was asked to deliver speeches pushing for equal education rights which inpired people to take action. The bravery of one young girl has inspired people around the world, and now they have the courage to stand up and tell their stories.
was born on July 12,
1997. Her family consists
of her two younger brothers,
Atal and Khushal, as well as
her mother, Tor Pekai, and her
father, Ziauddin. Malala
is now 17 years of age and
still continues her battle
for equal education
9th, 2012, Malala was
on her way home from school when a Taliban gunman shot her, and her two friends Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz. Shazia was shot in the hand and Kainat in the shoulder. Atta Ullah Khan was the gunman in the attack.
Growing up, Malala's
father encouraged her to
think and express herself freely. Her father told her about the opportunity to write a blog. She took the risk and wrote about how the Taliban had infringed, not only on her rights, but also the rights of those around her.
Malala and her family
were sent death threats due to
Malala's growing popularity in education activism. They faced an internal struggle to either continue to fight back, or stop and protect themselves. They chose to continue their campaign for education despite the risks entailed. Mullah Fazlullah was the Taliban leader who ordered the asassination of Malala.
Malala was shot in the head, and the bullet passed through the edge of her eye socket and into her shoulder.
On October 15, 2012, UN
Special Envoy for Global
Education Gordon Brown, a
former British Prime Minister,
visited Yousafzai while she was in
the hospital. Gordon launched a petition that every child would be in school by 2015. He hoped that "girls like Malala would be going to school everywhere."
The petition contains
-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
recovered from the
attempted assasination, she continued her campaign for the right to equal education. She wrote an autobiography: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
She started the
Malala Fund, a non-profit organzation that helps children get an education.
"The Malala Fund empowers girls through quality *secondary education to achieve their potential and inspire positive change in their communities."
*secondary education: grades nine through twelve
Major World Events During
the First and Second Choices:
-Pakistani forces launch massive ground offensive against Taliban
-Afganistan presidential election
-U.S. pull out from Iraq cities
-Micheal Jackson died
-North Korea rocket launch
-Mexico Drug War
-Isreali forces invade Gaza
-Iraq car bomb kills over 100 in Baghdad
-Car bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan kills over 100
-North Korea fires missles
-India tests nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missles
-Tens of thousands rally in Washington D.C. for gay rights
-Taliban militants attack Pakistan army headquarters
Awards and Accomplishments
-Nobel Peace Prize; 2014
-Sakharov Prize; 2013
-United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights; 2013
-Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography; 2013
-National Malala Peace Prize; 2011
-Ambassador of Conscience Award; 2013
-Simone de Beauvoir Prize; 2013
-Mother Teresa Awards; 2012
-The US Glamour Award for Woman of the Year; 2013
-Shorty Award for Teen Hero; 2015
Future generations must learn
about Malala, because she stands up for the right to equal education for all. She pushes for everyone to have unbiased schooling, especially girls. Even though she was separated from her family during recovery, she stayed strong and decided to become a politician, instead of following her original dream of being a doctor as she once aspired to be. Malala was shot for speaking freely of her beliefs. She nearly became a martyr for a righteous cause. She stays committed to spreading public awareness towards the right to education. Her sacrifice has helped many to gain the opportunity to go to school and realize their full potential.
The Malala Fund supports local
education projects and global initiatives promoting girls' secondary education in six countries. This fund has changed the lives of girls under the Taliban's threat in Pakistan, girls kidnapped, or under threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria, girls in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, girls affected by the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, girls learning technology skills in Kenya, and advocates leading girls' education campaigns around the world.
Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Speech
Major World Events
During the Third Choice:
dies at age 95
-A Chinese Moon Rover lands on the Moon
-Syria chemical attack allegation
-A huge tornado hits Oklahoma
-Scientists successfully clone human stem cells
-Meteorites injure hundreds in Russia
-Margaret Thatcher dies at age 87
"To all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced.
Together we will be heard."
As the youngest winner
of the Nobel Peace Prize, its
hard to imagine who could inspire Malala Yousafzai. But there's one teen girl that has. At 18 years old, Anoyara Khatun has helped reunite more than 180 trafficked children with their families, prevented 35 child marriages, rescued 85 children from child labor, and registered 200 students into schools, according to the Malala Fund.
Malala faced internal
conflicts, such as deciding whether to
continue her education in the face of Taliban
threats. Also, she had to overcome a mountain of
fear to continue her work. "My feeling was nobody can stop death... So I should do whatever I want to do" (I Am Malala; Chapter 18, page 224). She payed a heavy price for her bravery. Even after facing the cold heart of death and darkness, she continues down her path for justice. "This is your second life. Don't be afraid- if you are afraid, you can't move forward" (I Am Malala; Epilouge, page 309).
Malala faced a constant battle, as she had to choose to either suffer quietly the burdens and the lack of rights that the Taliban imposed on her, or rebel against them and suffer the consequences of her rebellion. But Malala's integrity and valiance shown through, her honesty and strength giving her confidence and power in her words. Malala Yousafzai is a valiant young woman who proves education and speaking out against the oppressor can make a difference for humanity.
"One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world."
Malala and Khushal
"I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him."