Malala Yousafzai earned her badge of honor by becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner last October 2014 because she believed that women and children deserved to be educated just as any person should be. She believed that everyone had the power to voice out her thoughts about the world and what seemed wrong about it. She used her courage to defy existing norms that called out injustice so that she can bring herself and her community to better circumstances.
She was very vocal about the Taliban’s banning of girl’s education in Pakistan. In 2008, she gave a speech entitled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?". In 2009, she wrote diary entries for BBC under the name Gul Makai (a heroine’s name from a Pashtun folk tale) on the experiences she was going through. She became a huge threat to the Taliban and was eventually shot by a gun man - the bullet penetrating through the left side of her head. She went through several measures to ensure her recovery and luckily survived.
Malala is recognized internationally for her phenomenal efforts to fight for her cause. She has won and has been nominated by many prestigious organizations for awards, has released a book ( I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban), and has immersed herself in causes that bring education to more children.
For anyone privileged enough to be receiving education, never take what you have learned for granted. Pour in effort to your schooling. This is not to say that you have to drown yourself completely in books. Learn things you think will benefit you, refine the ideas you receive, challenge rules and theories, and surround yourself with mentors and friends that will help you establish your identity and purpose in the community.
We own the power to change our world’s circumstances and drive our own future – the only thing we have to do is to convince ourselves we can.
- Bea Ticsay
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