"School is like walking through a magical door to your dreams." "We are starving for education. For us, it is like a precious gift. It's like a diamond."
Was that the feeling that your child had this morning when heading off to school? They weren't what I heard from my child this morning, either. No, those are the words of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who fought and almost died for her right to get an education. The Taliban shot her in the head on the way to school on October 9, 2012, when she was 15, and she miraculously survived.
Now, one year after she was shot, Malala releases her book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
Not only is she an author and international figure who has spoken at the United Nations, she is also the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace prize.
My daughter has been learning about Malala in school and she has been captivated by her.
This amazingly brave, strong, determined girl values so very much what my child takes for granted - the ability to safely attend school, the right to be educated, a society that does not limit education based on gender, the idea that she can do and be anything she wishes.
One of my daughter's homework assignments was to watch this Diane Sawyer interview with Malala. My daughter was struck that Malala was 11 years old when she began raising her voice to the world about her fight for education for girls. Malala is powerful, as is this interview, and watching it is a good use of six minutes, I promise.
Malala shows our children, and all of us, the the power of a voice, the power of a child, the power of words and the power of education.
Let us take none of those for granted.
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