In 2009, Malala Yousafzai was living the life of a normal teen growing up in the Swat valley of Northwestern Pakistan. What made life unusual was that the region she lived in was dealing with Taliban militants who were attempting to take control of the region. What made her life especially unusual was that she was writing an anonymous blog about her life for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) called “Diary of Pakistani Schoolgirl.” In the blog, which was originally written in Urdu, she chronicled the day-to-day life of her and her classmates as they tried to continue their education in a place where girls’ schools were under threat from the strict Taliban interpretation of Sharia law.
Over the next few years, Malala and her views on education gained more public attention through a New York Times documentary and a series of interviews with media organizations around the world. Her willingness to speak out about her perspective on education for girls drew attention to her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman boarded her school bus and fired three shots at her, hitting her in the left side of her forehead and injuring two of her friends as well.
Malala was in critical condition for days, but soon recovered enough to be brought to England, where her recovery continued and she underwent months of rehabilitation. The assassination attempt brought her story to the world, however, and when she was well enough, she began speaking out once again.
She is now an activist who travels the world sharing her thoughts on girls and education, and raising funds for scholarships to send girls around the world to school, but only during school breaks. She is also a high school student in the UK who has to worry about things like exams and getting to class on time. She knows that in order to reach her goal of becoming a politician in her home country, she needs to complete her education first.
On October 10, 2014, Malala was announced as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
In an interview with Scott Evans this August, Malala shared her story and some of her motivation. “My father,” she said, “treated me the same as my brothers. He didn’t want to clip my wings.”
To read an excerpt from the new Young Adult edition of her book, I Am Malala, click here.
And for a Malala’s inspirational message to every girl and every boy, watch the video below:
WOW! GO GIRLS!
Malala is very brave i do not know what other people think of her though in my opinion she is very very brave
Malala is a very brave girl I think so any way i do not know what other people think about her
Malala is an inspiration not to only girls and women, but to all haman and mankind.
Malala is an inspiration not to only girls and women but to all human and mankind.
Malala is an inspiration not for just girls but to human and mankind.
so cool and inspirational teacher
omg your so lucky i have a teacher that really nice and your famous
she is a inspiration , kids should be able to go to school without the fear of being harmed by some one and here being on a book and getting the prize shows to work hard and change this world to good, it inspires me.
Malala, you are an idol for me and I hope that nothing makes you take your voice inside of you disappear!!!!!!!! -Cristina Esparza
Malala you are very inspirational and i bet you will make other women come out of there shells. Thank you for what you have done. – chyna clemmons