She’s a global education advocate. She’s survived an attack on her life. She’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner. And yesterday, a movie about her incredible life story was released in theatres! In only 18 years, Malala Yousafzai has inspired a generation to advocate for girls to have adequate, safe access to education.
Pretty incredible right?
When she was 11, Malala began anonymously blogging for BBC Urdu. She gave vivid accounts of what it was like attending school as a girl in the Swat district of Pakistan.
On Oct. 9, 2012, a terrorist got onto Malala’s school bus and shot her in the head. She should have died.
But she didn’t. She had surgery, was transferred to the United Kingdom and spent months in the hospital before (miraculously!) coming out even stronger than before. Just a month after the attack, Malala and her father put the wheels into motion to start the Malala Fund, so they could help support education for children across the world. Malala herself announced the fund in a Feb. 2013 video saying, “This is a second life, this is a new life. And I want to serve.”
On Dec. 10, 2014, Malala spoke after receiving a Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person to ever be awarded with the honour (so amazing!). In her speech she talked about girls all around world. “I am Malala,” she said. “I am those 66 million girls who are deprived of education. And today I am not raising my voice. It is the voice of 66 million girls.”
And as school is just starting up for us, Malala’s school has just ended for this year (and in a pretty awesome way!). She took home a string of top grades in her high school exams in the U.K. Malala received A*s (basically like a British A+) in biology, chemistry, physics, religious studies, math and the international version of the math certificate, and As in history, geography, English language and English literature.
Malala is an incredibly inspiring girl who totally reminds us that being smart is awesome and that access to adequate and safe education is something to be thankful for.
Sources: He Named Me Malala Movie, Time Magazine, ABC