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This 19-year-old Syrian refugee is also an education activist!

24 April 2017 3:50PM UTC | By: SAMANTHA URBAN

GIRLS COUNT

Every girl counts.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

 
  

More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 percent of children in that age group, are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, UNICEF said today.

“At no time is education more important than in times of war,” said UNICEF Chief of Education Josephine Bourne. “Without education, there can be no peace. How else will children acquire the skills needed to contribute to the development of their countries and their economies?”

Here at ONE, we totally agree. You might remember our #EducationForRefugees campaign last year — thanks again for the BIG role you played in supporting the right of children everywhere to have access to a quality education.

To help people understand the challenges children effected and uprooted by conflict face in accessing school, 19-year-old Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan recently traveled to Chad, a country with the third highest rate of girls out of school after Iraq and Yemen. Nearly 66 percent of girls of primary and lower-secondary school age in Chad are not in school, compared to 68 percent in both Iraq and Yemen.

Muzoon met with out-of-school children who had recently escaped Boko Haram, children who had started school for the first time, and community members who — like her, once — are risking it all to get children into school.

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Syrian education activist and refugee Muzoon Almellehan with Yekoura Adam, 12, in the School of Peace in Kousseri IDP site in Lake Region of Chad.
(Photo credit: Vlad Sokhin/UNICEF)

“Meeting children in Chad who had fled Boko Haram reminded me of my own experiences in Syria,” says Muzoon. “Education gave me the strength to carry on. I wouldn’t be here without it.”

When Muzoon was forced to flee violence in Syria four years ago, her school books were the only belongings she took with her. She spent two years in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, where she made it her personal mission to get more girls into education. She went from tent to tent talking to parents to encourage them to get their children into school and learning. Muzoon now lives in the UK.

“Conflict can take away your friends, your family, your livelihood, your home,” says Muzoon. “It can try to strip you of your dignity, identity, pride and hope. But it can never take away your knowledge.”

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(Photo credit: Vlad Sokhin/UNICEF)

Around 4,400 children fled Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria to Chad. Unlike Muzoon, many of them remain out of school – and therefore risk abuse, exploitation, and recruitment by armed forces and groups. Around 90 percent of children arriving into Chad from Nigeria have never been to school.

That’s why UNICEF works in conflict-affected countries to get children back to learning. The organization provides catch-up education and informal learning opportunities; trains teachers; rehabilitates schools; and distributes school furniture and supplies.

In response to the education crisis in Chad, this year, UNICEF has provided school supplies to more than 58,000 students; distributed teaching materials to more than 760 teachers; and built 151 classrooms, 101 temporary learning spaces, 52 latrines, and seven sports fields. UNICEF Chad also supported the salaries of 327 teachers for the 2016-2017 school year!

Despite these efforts, funding shortfalls are affecting children’s access to school in the conflict-affected areas of Chad. Currently, 40 percent of UNICEF’s 2017 education funding needs in the country have been met.

Find out how you can help here. For more information about Education Cannot Wait — a fund launched during the World Humanitarian Summit to provide quality education for children who have been displaced — go here

Every girl counts.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

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Q&A: Why bolstering Niger’s agricultural sector is so important

May 30 2017 | By: GUEST BLOGGER

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In July 2016, MCC signed a $437 million compact with the Government of Niger to improve access to water for agriculture and livestock and expand access to markets. In this interview, MCC Resident Country Director for Niger Kristin Penn discusses how, together with the Government of Niger, MCC is building stronger institutions and making foundational investments that can help Nigerians lift themselves out of poverty and advance security and prosperity across the region.    

What does agriculture mean to Niger?

I can’t overemphasize the importance of Niger’s agricultural sector. Niger’s population is overwhelmingly rural and relies on this sector for food, nutrition and livelihoods. The agricultural sector employs more than 80 percent of the population and represents the second-largest export sector in the country.

Are there any humanitarian or security challenges that threaten Niger and its agricultural industry?

Niger is large — about twice the size of Texas — landlocked, and mostly desert. It is also one of the least developed countries in the world. Water scarcity is a major issue and food crises are all too common. Since 2001, Niger has coped with four years of severe food insecurity caused by drought that led its government to request international humanitarian assistance.

This country is also located in a fragile region of the world that faces threats of conflict, terrorism and trafficking of people and illicit goods. The Government of Niger is a U.S. partner in the fight against extremism and in promoting stability in the Sahel region of Africa.

How is MCC’s partnership with the Government of Niger expected to help alleviate these issues?

Jointly conducted economic analyses by MCC and the Government of Niger identified a lack of access to water for agriculture and livestock and poor access to markets as the top constraints to the country’s economic growth.

Our compact will work to improve and sustain livelihoods through significant investments in irrigation, roads, and marketplace infrastructure. Helping the Government of Niger better deliver vital infrastructure and services to its people will not only expand economic opportunities, especially for Niger’s women and youth, but also strengthen the country’s institutions for the long term.

Because conflicts over scarce resources such as food and water are often exploited by violent extremist groups, investing in the agricultural sector can also help strengthen regional stability and grow the economy.

Why is this MCC compact focused on infrastructure?

Infrastructure development is critical to economic growth, poverty reduction and building resilience. Without infrastructure, households and farms don’t have reliable, affordable access to water, and businesses don’t have dependable roads to connect them with customers. That’s why our Niger Compact is focused on key public infrastructure investments that are essential to attracting private sector investment and growth in the agricultural sector — especially when accompanied by proper policy and institutional reforms.

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MCC Resident Country Director for Niger Kristin Penn examines a cowpea plant in Niamey. In July 2016, MCC and Niger signed a $437 million compact to bolster the country’s agriculture sector. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Niger)

What is MCC’s role in supporting policy and institutional reforms in partner countries like Niger?

Without a conducive, business-friendly policy environment, infrastructure and other development investments are limited in their economic impact. MCC is focused on systemic impact and supports its partner countries as they pursue important policy and institutional reforms that help draw in private investment for sustainable, long-term growth.

How does the Niger Compact benefit U.S. businesses and the private sector?

The trade relationship between the United States and Niger is small but growing, and U.S. exports to Niger — including aircraft, electrical machinery, and vehicles supporting productive sectors like agriculture — are up by 23 percent since 2012. As Niger’s economy continues to develop and diversify, there will also be more trade and investment opportunities for U.S. businesses and investors, and more ways for us to deepen our bilateral relationship.

It’s also important to note that Niger is a leading regional producer of agricultural commodities such as cowpea and a major supplier to West African regional markets. MCC’s investments will create new opportunities for the private sector to respond to expected increased demand for agricultural inputs like fertilizers, improved seeds, and processing equipment for irrigation and postharvest activities.

How do MCC’s investments in Niger build on existing efforts by the Government of Niger? How does MCC work with other U.S. Government partners to improve global food security?

MCC’s compact supports the Government of Niger’s Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens initiative to achieve food security by increasing national capacities for food production and building resilience to food crises. This initiative includes wide-ranging investments to boost productivity of key crops through irrigation, and increase competitiveness of key commodities in the region through improved roads and modern marketplace infrastructure.

In addition to being a Feed the Future partner, MCC is working closely with USAID, the World Bank, and other partners to help the Government of Niger achieve these goals.

You have been living in Niger for seven months now. What has left the deepest impression?

First is the country’s tolerance. People of different ethnicities and religious beliefs live here peacefully side-by-side. Second is the country’s physical beauty, including the majestic Niger River, wondrous acacia trees, and sweeping sand dunes. Third is the country’s livestock industry and its amazing diversity of species. There are the hearty Goudali and majestic Kuri cattle breeds and the graceful Fulani horses that are prized assets for so many families here. The livestock industry is one reason why Niger’s agricultural sector has such tremendous potential. That’s why I’m so excited to be part of the MCC team that is supporting the Government of Niger.

This article originally appeared on Feed the Future’s website.

 

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Meet the man who’s helped save 83,500 children from slavery

12 June 2017 5:45PM UTC | By: ROBYN DETORO

GIRLS COUNT

All girls count.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

 
  

“There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children.”

This is the warning Kailash Satyarthi had for the world when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Malala Yousafzai in 2014 for his “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

 
 

 

Kailash was only 26 years old when he left his job as a teacher to found Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a grassroots organisation that advocates for children’s rights. Since then, the movement has rescued more than 83,500 individuals from trafficking, slavery, and child labour all while leading the fight for child protectionist laws across India.

More than three decades later, he’s continued to champion the importance of education in building sustainable societies with promising futures, arguing that communities that provide children with safety, education, and good health are more likely to prosper.

Speaking to ONE on a recent visit, Kailash led an inspiring discussion as he spoke passionately about children’s rights and reminded us of the importance of fighting for education.

Great to have @k_satyarthi stop by our U.K. office today to talk about the importance of education! #GirlsCount

 
 

 

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Q&A: Ijeoma Ndukwe and Ema Edosio

The Nigerian filmmakers and journalists discuss documenting Taiwo and Kehinde’s story

 
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Ema Edosio on a shoot.

When Malala travelled to Nigeria last week, she shared the story of Taiwo and Kehinde, twin sisters living in Lagos, Nigeria who were forced to quit school and find work to support their family.

Malala Fund spoke with Ijeoma Ndukwe and Ema Edosio, the two filmmakers behind the short documentary featuring Taiwo and Kehinde. We asked about their experience working on the project, how they found Taiwo and Kehinde and the importance of sharing their stories.

 
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Ijeoma Ndukwe on assignment reporting about rice paddies in Nigeria.

Malala Fund (MF): Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to school and what did you study? What is your background?

Ijeoma Ndukwe (IN): I was born and raised in London, UK with dual British and Nigerian nationality. I spent my childhood between Nigeria and the UK because my family lived in London and my father worked in Lagos. I moved to Lagos two years ago to work and I have been freelancing since for international broadcasters including the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. I have an English Literature BA from Royal Holloway, University of London and an International Journalism MA with a specialism in investigative reporting from City University London.

Ema Edosio (EE): I am a Nigerian based in Lagos. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ogun State University, before proceeding to the U.S. where I studied digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy and Motion Picture Production at the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan.

I returned to Nigeria in 2013 to tell stories about my country. The same year I was awarded the Film and Television Director of the Year award by the prestigious Ebonylife Television Nigeria. I have created award-winning films, television series and documentaries for Google Nigeria, the BBC, Bloomberg, Konbini Nigeria, Alliance Francaise Lagos.

MF: Did you always want to become a journalist?

IN: To be honest, I hoped to become a novelist. I was the kind of child who spent the entire day with a book under my nose and expected to write the type of stories I loved to read. However, it’s not surprising that I find myself a journalist today — it’s simply another form of storytelling. A friend from university told me about the course at City University where I could train to become a journalist. After several years of travelling and living in cities around the world I returned to London where I initially worked in production on features and factual entertainment programmes. I joined the master’s programme soon after.

EE: I stumbled into filmmaking after my first degree. I studied computer science because African parents value the blue-collar industry over the creative professions. After university I decided to intern in a small film production company. I fell in love with process of filmmaking and decided to do this for the rest of my life and I never looked back.

 
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Ema Edosio films Taiwo and Kehinde for their piece with The Fuller Project for International Reporting.

MF: How did you find the story of the twins Taiwo and Kehinde featured in your piece?

IN: Initially I got in touch with contacts and organisations and asked them to suggest anyone they might know who fit the criteria [for our story].

I was originally interested in speaking to young girls who were working as domestic help, which is extremely common. I also spoke to many girls in the north of the country, some staying in camps for the internally displaced due to the Boko Haram insurgency. I eventually met a social worker called Ayo Fajemibola. She explained that her organisation partnered with “mobilisers” — people working with young people on the ground in communities around Lagos. She reached out to them to see if anyone fit our criteria. In a few days she was given a list of names and addresses. We then spent a day driving around communities in Ipaja, meeting and spending time with girls and their families.

Taiwo and Kehinde immediately stood out. Many of the girls I met were so conditioned by their environment that they found it extremely difficult or impossible to express their hopes and dreams beyond their present situation. Both Kehinde and Taiwo were able to express their dreams, their desires, their love of learning, and describe how they felt about their day-to-day lives.

 
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MF: Describe what the process of shooting the video was like.

IN: We spent two days filming the girls and their family. It was a fascinating experience and a huge privilege for the family to open up their home and share their lives with us. The girls lived in the same compound as their younger cousins who were such joyful and happy children. They loved watching us at work and despite constantly walking into shot, they entertained us endlessly.

EE: Documentary filmmaking can be a bit sensitive. As a filmmaker I have to win the trust of my subjects first, this is very tricky because I have to make people comfortable having me and my equipment in their space. Once this is achieved, they open and share their stories with me. We spent time experiencing and documenting their daily lives. Irrespective of the hardship the family faces, they were very warm and receptive to the film crew.

MF: There are more than 10.5 million children out of school in Nigeria. What drew you you to Taiwo and Kehinde’s story?

IN: I felt they had an important story to share and one with many layers that could provoke a meaningful discussion in Nigeria. Their story gives people an insight into the lives of the young children we see everyday trading on the side of the road. It shows how basic education, which many people take for granted in Nigeria and around the world, is not a right for millions of children. You get a glimpse into the struggle people go through to get an education and the reasons why many are not able to finish secondary school. You see how and why people are trapped in the cycle of poverty. Also, you get to see what it means to grow up as a female in an environment where your education is not perceived as valuable and your role in life has been predetermined by others. Although they were 14 years old, they seemed to have the weight of the world on their shoulders having been forced to become breadwinners and take care of their family at such a young age. I loved the girls’ strength and spirit and their passion to learn despite the challenges they faced.

EE: The Fuller Project for International Reporting is dedicated to in-depth and independent reporting, with an emphasis on the traditionally overlooked and underrepresented role of women and children in the media. Taiwo and Kehinde’s story is a strong example of stories that are usually swept under the carpet, especially in Africa. These are films that need to be brought to the forefront of the media.

 

MF: Anything else you’d like to share?

IN: I hope films like this can help trigger important discussions that we need to have in Nigeria. Obviously, we need to discuss as a nation how to address the education crisis we currently face. However, we also need to question some of the destructive cultural practices and attitudes that we continue to preserve.

EE: It was a privilege to tell this story and I hope that this documentary would start a much needed conversation on the plight of children who do not have access to education in Nigeria.


Malala is on her global #GirlPowerTrip to meet with girls and amplify their stories. Each girl has a unique story to tell — and their voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality.

Sign up for updates from Malala Fund to learn more about Malala’s journey and get exclusive updates on where she’s headed next.

 
 
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Margaret: Why investing in a girl means investing in a community

26 September 2016 4:15PM UTC | By: CLEA GUY-ALLEN

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By Zack Fowler, Development Director for WISER International

“I really didn’t know if I would make it.”

The region where Margaret is from in Kenya is a difficult place to be a young woman. In a community where many families live on less than $1 a day, transactional sex is common — more than 50 percent of sexually active adolescents in the region report having transactional sex in order to pay for basic needs. And this happens in an area where as many as 1 in 3 people are HIV positive. The reality, for many girls, is that they risk their health to stay in school. These barriers, among others, are the reasons why, before Margaret’s WISER class, no girl from a school in Muhuru Bay had ever reached college.

Margaret faced similar challenges. She lost two siblings and her mother to disease. With little money, and no precedent of any girl being successful in school, Margaret’s education could have been over.

That is, until Margaret became a WISER Girl.

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Margaret. (Photo credit: WISER)

Today, Margaret sits in an office at the WISER school in Muhuru Bay and smiles. For her, the campus symbolises something that was once impossible, and is now the reason she feels more confident than ever that her story will have a happy ending.

“I know now that you can help others regardless of the challenges you face,” she says.

For six years, WISER, a Kenya-based NGO, has provided education, health, and leadership opportunities to girls in Western Kenya. As a school, WISER provides a fully-funded residential secondary education with dedicated teachers. As a community centre, it provides health fairs, agricultural education, and clean water to more than 5,000 people.

Across all of WISER’s efforts, from education to clean water, we are proud to champion girls and comprehensively address 11 of the 17 UN Global Goals in one program.

In 2013, Margaret was a part of the first WISER graduating class, and quickly became an ambassador for WISER’s most powerful belief: empowering girls through education and health builds not only individuals, but entire regions.

As Margaret puts it, “WISER has given me everything. But more than giving me items, they made me a valued person that feels prepared to face any challenge.”

While at WISER, Margaret found a passion for community health, and immediately looked to improve the health of her hometown. “I realised I wanted to deal with the health of people…to help those around me, and I knew others might not have the courage to handle patients in such a difficult situation. I’m able to handle it.”

She’s the first in her family to finish high school. She’s the first in her region to attend university. Having just finished her second year of a nursing degree, she’s happy and confident, and if she has her way, she’ll be the first person to return to Muhuru to work as a full-time nurse.

The most exciting thing about Margaret’s story is that it is becoming more and more common for other young women.

In the past three years, 72 WISER Girls have begun post-secondary education and become role models in their communities. And almost all of them have the same goal of raising their communities up.

Muhuru Bay now has a large group of driven, developing professionals that not only have a hunger for success, but a deep-seated sense of responsibility to their hometown. In the five years following the program, WISER Girls will become more than symbols of hope for young girls. They will become the nurses, agricultural economists, bankers, and teachers that have an active role in the development of their communities. They will address the poverty, hunger, gender inequity, and other targets that have been highlighted by the UN to build a better world.

Years ago, girls in Muhuru Bay were readily left by the wayside. There are millions of girls like Margaret all over the world. And in helping them change their lives, we can change the course of the future.

Learn more about WISER here, then take a stand for girls and women by adding your name to the Poverty is Sexist open letter.

 

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EDUCATION

This is how the world can innovate education

24 April 2017 1:07PM UTC | By: ROBYN DETORO

GIRLS COUNT

All girls count.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

 
  

If we want to meet SDG 4 by 2030, world leaders must commit to a package of reforms that could bring accessible, affordable, and quality education to every student around the world. Classrooms should be kitted out for learning, staffed with quality teachers, equipped with modern technologies, and be accessible to all students regardless of their gender. So, how can we do this? As usual, our fantastic policy and campaigns team have got a few ideas:

1. Adjust every budget.
We need to make sure governments and international donors prioritise education in their budgets. These budgets equip schools with decent resources, great teachers and proper learning facilities. Adequate spending on education can go a long way towards helping students achieve their hopes and dreams, particularly for students living in low-income countries or conflict-affected and fragile states.

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2. Break down every barrier.
We know there are a number of barriers that prevent girls from getting a quality education. To knock those barriers down we need to understand them at a grassroots level and create action plans — so schools can provide all girls with a learning environment that promotes their engagement and success.

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3. Monitor every outcome.
To better understand when, where, why and how students are missing out on an education, governments should collect, analyse and publish accurate attendance, enrolment, and dropout data, as well as data on learning outcomes. To allow us to understand and narrow gender gaps, data should be reported separately for boys and girls.

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4. Invest in every teacher.
Quality teachers deliver quality educations. To make sure all classes are led by a great teacher, instructors need access to teacher training and support, adequate compensation and benefits. After all, students aren’t in school just to memorise facts – they’re also there to hone critical thinking skills, learn life lessons and adopt social skills that will carry them through their future.

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Keur Simbara, Senegal (February 17, 2017)

5. Connect every classroom.
Every classroom should be connected to the internet. Teachers and students should receive the training and resources needed to navigate the online world, so all students can have the opportunity to learn no matter where they live.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

 

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20 reasons you need to be celebrating #MalalaDay

12 July 2017 5:32PM UTC | By: ROBYN DETORO

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She’s just 20 years old but Malala Yousafzai has already proved herself to be wise beyond her years. Nearly five years ago, Malala and two of her friends were shot by the Taliban on their way to school as punishment for advocating for girls’ rights to education in Pakistan — luckily this didn’t stop her from pursuing the fight for education. She’s now one of the world’s most recognised human rights advocates and we absolutely cannot wait to see what she achieves next!

In honour of Malala’s birthday, here are the top 20 things she’s said and done that we’re taking note of:

1. When she revealed why kindness is a powerful tool.

“Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’ and then forgotten.”

2. When she encouraged women to be their own heroes.

“There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But, this time, we will do it by ourselves… I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves.”

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3. When she became an honorary citizen of Canada for her courage and dedication to fighting oppression.

4. When she told us it’s not how you say something, but what you say.

“It does not matter what language you choose, the important thing is the words you use to express yourself.”

5. When she was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

6. When she explained that school isn’t just about book smarts.

“It shows us equality, it teaches students how to live with others together, how to accept each other’s language, how to accept each other’s traditions and each other’s religion.”

7. When she taught us to be proud of who we are.

“I never wished to be a boy, and I will never wish. I’m proud to be a daughter. I’m proud to be a girl.”

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Malala with her favourite book – The Diary of Anne Frank – for the #BooksNotBullets campaign. Photo: malalafund.org

8. When she wished for action on her birthday instead of a party, gifts and cake.

9. When she stood for marginalised women and girls around the world.

“I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”

10. When she spoke the straight up truth.

“Tell me how can one live without daughters.”

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Malala reading a letter she has written to the Chibok schoolgirls. Image Credit: www.malala.org

11. When she wrote an amazing letter of support to the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

12. When she showed us that the achievement of equality includes girls, boys, men, and women.

“We should all speak up for girls’ education – for both girls’ and boys’ education… Boys and men should also know about equality and justice, and know that women have equal rights, and should be treated equally.”

13. When she pointed out you don’t have to be an adult to change the world.

I used to think I had to wait to be an adult to lead. But I’ve learned that even a child’s voice can be heard around the world.

14. When she opened an all-girls school for Syrian refugees to celebrate her 18th birthday.

 

15. When she filmed an INCREDIBLE #GirlsCount video supporting education for all girls, everywhere.

16. When she asked us to recognise and appreciate the importance of opportunity.

“We don’t learn the importance of anything until it’s snatched from our hands.”

17. When she pointed out that learning doesn’t belong to any one culture.

“Education is neither eastern nor western, it is human.”

18. When she received the U.N.’s highest honour — becoming a U.N. Messenger of Peace — as a teenager.

19. When she blogged undercover about life under the Taliban regime for the BBC at just 11 years old.

20. When she inspired us to keep fighting the good fight.

Let future generations say we were the ones who stood up. Let them say we were the first to live in a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear.

To keep up to date with Malala, follow her on Twitter!

 

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