I am Malala, is the story of Malala Yousafzai, a girl stronger than most. She was attacked by the Taliban, and survived to tell the story. The book tells about her family, education, how the Taliban arrived and how she became targeted. Her story makes you feel thankful for all that you have, and inspires you to do more. We all take life for granted, and it is stories like these, that really make you appreciate the little things.
Malala is the youngest person to ever be awarded to Nobel Peace Prize.
She is a children’s and women’s rights activist with a focus on education. She believes that,
“One Child, One Teacher, One Book, and One Pen, can change the world”.
Her 16th birthday July 12th (the first day she spoke after being attacked), was declared Malala Day. She also helped found the Malala Fund. “The Malala Fund’s goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. We work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; we invest in local education leaders and programmes; and we advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child”(1).
“Only 2.3 percent of its gross domestic product is allocated to education. Pakistan spends seven times more on its military. According to a recent U.N. study, 5.1 million children are out of school—the second-highest number in the world—and two-thirds of them are female” (2). The first step in creating change is through awareness, awareness is created through education. What better way to change the world then by providing education. Children and women need the tools to succeed, and according to Malala, education does just this. Malala is the change we need more of in this world.
For more on Malala, check out the documentary, He Named Me Malala.