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October 15, 2013

Malala: “Now I Am Living A Second Life”

Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old student from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, gained worldwide fame after Taliban militants shot her for promoting girls’ education and continuing to go to school despite Taliban rule. This year, she was the youngest ever possible contender for the Nobel Peace Prize for her bravery in the face of death threats and for publicly fighting for the rights of girls everywhere to get an education.

Although she didn’t win the prize, she continues to speak out and raise money to promote education, despite renewed death threats against her.

In an interview with the NewsHour’s Margaret Warner, Malala acknowledged the challenges she and other girls in socially conservative societies like Pakistan face when seeking an education.

“Many girls do not go to school because of poverty,” she said. “Some girls cannot go to school because of the child labor and child trafficking. Some parents do send their children to school because they don’t know its importance at all. And some girls don’t go to school because of the cultural norms and taboos. There are still many issues stopping girls going to school.”

Malala is currently promoting her new book, “I Am Malala,” and says that she hopes one day to enter politics to further her message.

Warm up questions
  1. Why do some people in other parts of the world  want to keep girls from having an education?
  2. Where is Pakistan? What do you know about the country?
  3. How can education opportunities change a society?
Discussion questions
  1. Malala has said, “Let us pick up our book and our pens. They are our most powerful weapon.” Explain the significance of this quote in the context of her experience as a girl in the Swat Region of Pakistan as well as a member of the global community.
  2. Do you think it is a worth-while goal to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be educated? Explain your answer.
  3. What are the characteristics of a hero? Is Malala Yousafzai a hero? Defend your answer.
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