Malala Yousafzai

In 5th Class, we have been writing reports on people who inspire us. I chose Malala Yousafzai because she spoke for girls’ education and for the amazing braveness she showed against the Taliban!

Malala Yousafzai was born on the 12th of July, 1997 in Swat Valley, Pakistan. She went to a school ran by her father. However the Taliban who had begun taking over the local area did not approve. They had very strict rules including no girls’ schools.

When things started getting worse, Malala began speaking out for her right to education and writing a blog under a fake name. She was revealed but continued speaking out. Less and less of her classmates and friends were attending school. 🙁 But the situation was getting worse and Malala received death threats from the Taliban.

On the 9th of October 2012, Malala and her friends got on the school bus. But they weren’t the only ones. A man stepped on and demanded “Who is Malala?” A trigger was pulled. Malala was shot in the head and two of her friends were injured.

Malala was rushed to hospital and after undergoing surgery, she was airlifted to Birmingham, England for more treatment. She remained in hospital till March 2013. She finally recovered (and with support from practically ALL over the world 😀 ) Malala was well enough to start school again!

On the 12th of July 2013 (Malala’s 16th birthday) Malala gave her first speech to the UNITED Nations. And in October, Malala became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her braveness and confidence.

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala and her family still hasn’t been able to return home. However she continues to speak up for good education and women and girls’ rights. Malala is an inspiration to not just me but everyone out there! Remember no matter how “small”, everyone can make a difference!

By Laoise