Jessica: With music, pictures and prayers, thousands of young Pakistanis gave tribute to one of their own.
Malala Yousufzai is the 15-year-old Pakistani teen shot in the head by the Taliban, a militant group the U.S. government has labeled a terrorist group. The Taliban says they targeted Malala because she was promoting Western thinking. Malala has been speaking out in favor of girls getting an education since she was just 11-years-old. Not just in Pakistan, but all over the world, people celebrated Malala Day.
The United Nations declared Saturday an international day of action.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Join us in our campaign to put education first.
Jessica: More than 32 million girls worldwide are not getting an education.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown flew to Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, to deliver more than a million signatures supporting the universal right to education. And this global movement now has people from across the world calling on the Nobel Foundation to award Malala the Nobel Peace Prize. So far, more than one hundred thousand people have signed the online petition.
Malala supporter: She is an iconic figure for all women, and especially young people.
Jessica: This Pakistani school girl says, ‘What the Taliban did to Malala, and what they are doing now, we want them to stop.’ But the Taliban insists it will not stop. And the threat of more attacks had some students choosing to honor Malala in private.
And Malala, herself, has much more recovering to do. She is still in a hospital in the United Kingdom but doctors were able to remove the bullet in her neck and say she has no major brain or nerve damage. And even from her hospital bed, Malala is still inspiring change in her country.
Pakistan’s president says in honor of Malala, his country will give extra money to families who put their girls in school.
Jessica Kumari, Channel One News.
- Who is Malala Yousufzai?
- Why was she targeted by the Taliban?
- What is the purpose of Malala Day?
- Do you think Malala deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?
- Why are some young people honoring Malala privately but not publicly?
- How has the government of Pakistan responded to this situation?