It is a Tuesday morning in early fall, you are on your way to school. While boarding the bus, the morning grogginess still hangs over your head, and you cannot wait to be back home again. You hope one of your teachers will say you are watching a movie, and that you can possibly take a nap. As you walk into homeroom you think, “I would die to be home right now.” For Malala Yousafzai, that sentiment changes to “I would die to be here right now,” and that is almost what she did.

 

On a Tuesday morning in Oct. 2012, Yousafzai was on her way to school when a member of the Taliban boarded her school bus. Yousafzai was sought out by name and subsequently shot in the head for “western thinking.” Today, at the age of 16, Malala has become the face of equality opportunity for women’s education around the world.

 

Yousafzai wrote a book about the importance of education (npr.org)

In her book, “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban,” she speaks of the importance of education for all people and the fear it brings those in power. “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” This is a powerful sentiment, and seems to be even more powerful coming from someone so young.

 

In countries where all citizens have the opportunity to go to school, it is often taken for granted.  The story of Malala Yousafzai shows that the power of education is incredibly strong, so strong it causes a terrorist group like the Taliban to be frightened and take action.  Yousafzai is a role model for our generation

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